Company Name:

US Air Force Academy


USAF Academy, Colorado

Approximate Salary:

$76,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Postdoctoral Internship

Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Education:


Date Posted:

April 19, 2019

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Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center (WERC) at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is offering a postdoctoral fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with Dr. Elizabeth Phillips on an Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Laboratory, and National Institute of Health-sponsored research program to investigate socially intelligent mission assistants. The candidate will investigate the design and psychological consequences of 1) robot social norms; 2) robot-aided conflict mediation; 3) social rapport between humans and robots; and 4) perception of robots’ human-likeness. This is a stipend-based position open to doctoral graduates and graduate students planning to graduate before the conclusion of the 2019 spring semester.

Annual stipend: $76,000 plus relocation reimbursement, travel, and professional development.


· Promote the influx of new skills into the research center (WERC)

· Advance the candidate’s technical skills and experience

· Increase the candidate’s competitiveness in the labor market

· Provide collaborative opportunities for career enhancement

· Enable the warfighter

· Contribute to the growing body of scientific knowledge

Preferred Background

· Ph.D. degree in a relevant field (already received, or having completed all requirements and awaiting graduation).

· Detailed technical expertise in one or more of the specific research areas below, including knowledge of the gaps, conflicts, limits, and challenges:

o Human-robot interaction

o Human-automation interaction

o Augmented and virtual reality

o Human Factors, applied psychology, or systems engineering

o Background in programming in python, unity, and/ or ROS is a plus!

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Strong research skills and experience, including:

o Critical evaluation of literature

o Experimental design

o Project management

o Data analysis techniques

· Fluency in a programming language to perform high-volume analysis (Matlab, Python, etc.)

· Knowledge of statistical analysis software (SPSS, SAS, R, MATLAB, etc.)

o Data Interpretation.

· Ability to communicate effectively through the following mediums:

o Conference briefings and talks to high profile stakeholders

o Grant application and white paper development and writing

o Scientific publications

· Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

· Ability to mentor and coach junior scientists, including undergraduate research students.

How to Apply

Applicants should send the following application package to

· A cover letter which specifically outlines the candidate’s:

1. Qualifications that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above;

2. Research interests;

3. Career goals; and

4. How the candidate plans to achieve these goals.

· A curriculum vitae.

· A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s advisor.

Please note that this fellowship requires an NACI background check. References and educational requirements will be verified.

About Us

The Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center is the research arm of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy, facilitating faculty and cadet research that enhance warfighter effectiveness.

The WERC conducts a wide range of research and design projects for operational customers including special operations forces, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Army Research Laboratory. These projects are based in the behavioral sciences and connect to a wide range of disciplines and collaborators across government labs, academia, industry, and military operators in order to generate the most innovative and effective solutions.

Please see our website for more information about the Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center:

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Phillips, Assistant Professor

Warfighter Effectiveness Research Center

Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

United States Air Force Academy

Nature of the Fellowship

Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with USAF, USAFA, ORISE, ORAU, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the internship through an ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

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