Research Scientist

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
$80,000.00 - $130,000.00
Feb 18, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Global Security Initiative: Ctr Human AI & Robot Teaming

Location Tempe, Arizona

Open Date
Feb 16, 2021

Arizona State University’s Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robot Teaming (CHART), housed in ASU’s Global Security Initiative, is seeking a Research Scientist to develop new research ideas, create partnerships, write proposals, mentor graduate students and junior staff, and conduct research in human/autonomy and human/robot teaming that will advance national security applications.

The 2018 National Defense Strategy lists rapid technological change as one hallmark of the current security environment, with analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomy, and robotics among the changing technologies that will impact our future. For these technologies to be effective, they must be designed and implemented in a human-centric context. Significant research is needed to understand how humans can work with machines as teammates, not just as tools.

GSI works with premier research and development organizations such as DARPA, ONR, AFRL, DHS S&T, and industry leaders to develop new technologies and approaches to current and emerging security issues. The CHART research scientist will support these efforts in human/machine teaming, with the ultimate aim of advancing the state-of-the-art in effective and ethical heterogeneous teams. With leadership, this position will analyze the funding landscape, determine the needs of potential sponsors, survey ASU’s capabilities, and coordinate and lead interdisciplinary research teams that address sponsor priorities. 

CHART is an interdisciplinary center at ASU led by Professor of Human Systems Engineering, Dr. Nancy Cooke.  The research scientist will work closely with the Center director, student research assistants, and the Center’s affiliate faculty to develop novel research concepts, write proposals, and conduct research. The research scientist will play a leadership role in the Center and will be expected to either directly or informally supervise and mentor junior researchers, such as post-docs, graduate assistants, and others.

This is an opportunity to join a team that is conducting cutting-edge research in a rapidly growing field at the nation’s most innovative university. CHART anticipates significant growth over the next five to ten years, and the research scientist will help shape the direction of that growth.

Pay range:
$80,000 - $130,000 per year

Essential Duties:

  • Work with CHART leadership and team to craft a research strategy in the areas of humans, artificially intelligent agents, individual robots, and/or robotic swarms
  • Contribute to and spearhead CHART research initiatives
  • Draft proposals to U.S. government agencies, industry, and philanthropic institutions for sponsored research activities
  • Collaborate with CHART leadership, student researchers, affiliate faculty, and other GSI research scientists
  • Build relationships within ASU, with faculty and researchers from other units
  • Build and nurture relationships with relevant government agencies, industry representatives, and philanthropic organizations
  • Represent GSI at relevant conferences, meetings, etc.
  • Supervise and mentor junior researchers, graduate assistants, etc.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. degree in related field

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting scientific research on heterogeneous teaming
  • Publication record on relevant topics
  • Ability to work well in a team and to operate independently when needed
  • Experience in proposal writing
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong background in quantitative analysis and experimental design
  • Evidence of ability to secure external research funding and execute projects for mission-oriented sponsors
  • Experience successfully building and maintaining relationships with sponsors and partners (government and/or industry)
Application Instructions
Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through the Interfolio website. Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

Application deadline is March 17, 2021.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

For the fifth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way.

Working Environment
Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting with daily computer use (initially remotely). Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and reasonable accommodations will be provided

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