May 01, 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, IN, USA
Postdoc Experimental

Job Description

Applications are invited for an interdisciplinary postdoctoral position studying multimodal communication among cyber protection teams.  This research is funded by the CyberSecurity Applied Research (RDT&E Budget Activity 6.2) program, and its goal is to develop a battery of assessments for improving performance of cyber protection teams in detecting attacks on military networks.  Bennett I. Bertenthal, James H. Rudy Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University-Bloomington, is the PI on this project, but it is part of a multi-site program of research with experimental psychologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists at MIT, USC, and ARL (Army Research Lab-Aberdeen).

The focus of this research is on assessing the effectiveness of different behavioral and physiological sensors for studying human perception and performance, decision making and team dynamics in a real-world setting.  A battery of measures will be tested ranging from observational coding of faces and human movements to eye and mouse tracking to ECG and GSR.  Key challenges include data synchronization and fusion as well as new visualization methods for reducing and summarizing results.  The successful applicant will be responsible for the development of experiments (in collaboration with the research team), collection and analysis of behavioral and physiological data, publication and dissemination of results, and will be involved in the supervision of research assistants. 

The department of Psychological and Brain Sciences includes a large number of faculty, postdocs, and grad students in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science as well as Neuroscience.   Additional opportunities for collaboration are available with faculty in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.  Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in programming (Matlab, Python, R) as well as computational modeling, knowledge of psychophysiological techniques (GSR, ECG), eye tracking, or motion analysis.  Applicants must have a PhD and a background in experimental psychology, cognitive science, computer science, engineering or related discipline.  Funding is guaranteed for one year with potential for renewal for 2 or 3 years.

Informal inquiries and applications should be addressed to Bennett I. Bertenthal (  Formal applications should include a CV, cover letter indicating relevant experience and research interests, representative publications, and three letters of reference.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Indiana University


Psychological & Brain Sciences

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