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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 508592
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who can immediately join an NSF Future of Work project on enabling human-machine teaming through intelligent extended reality (IXR). The position will be co-supervised by Professor Stacy Marsella, Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Professor Mohsen Moghaddam, College of Engineering. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of faculty, researchers, and partners from industry and local community colleges to support the design, development, and validation of IXR technologies for training/assisting industrial workers on complex and cognitive decision-making tasks.



Performs basic or applied research of a limited scope, primarily using existing theories and methods. Assists the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants. Maintains the laboratory and may exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff. Primary responsibility is ensuring that the research is complete. The appointment generally does not extend beyond two years.


Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent; be able to undertake substantially full-time research or scholarship; work under the supervision of a senior scholar.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related areas.
  • Demonstrated prior experience with XR software development using Unity/Unreal game engines and respective platforms, plug-ins, and toolkits 
  • Knowledge and experience with AI/machine learning techniques, preferably for data-driven modeling of behavior and inference engines
  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate research findings in well regarded academic venues
  • Proven ability to work independently as a part of a research lab and supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants
  • Passion about interdisciplinary research and grant proposal writing


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