Postdoctoral Associate for research in Augmented Cognition and psychophysiological cognitive assessment applications
|University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies|
|Marina del Rey,, United States|
|Expires:||Open until filled|
|Posted:||October 14, 2009|
|Thomas D. Parsons|
Postdoctoral Associate for research in Augmented Cognition and psychophysiological cognitive assessment applications33.980289 -118.451745
A Postdoctoral Associate for research in Augmented Cognition and psychophysiological cognitive assessment applications is being sought at for a joined collaborative position between the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (USC/ICT), the Army Research Labs (ARL); Quantum Applied Science & Research (QUASAR).
USC/ICT‘s Laboratory for Virtual Reality, Psychology, and Social Neuroscience is directed by Thomas D. Parsons, PhD. The lab is engaged in a broad program of research on the brain mechanisms that underlie neurocognitive functioning and emotion regulation in persons throughout the life course. We make use of Virtual and Augmented Reality to study associations between the essential neural correlates of cognitive functioning and emotion regulation to assess the mechanisms of brain-behavior relations.
The Army Research Laboratory is undertaking an ambitious effort to translate the wealth of non-medical, human-system integration (HSI)—supporting neuroscience into the Army. The HSI relationship includes interactions and interfaces among humans and such entities as machines, communications systems, network entities, knowledge bases, and advanced decision systems.
QUASAR is a world leader in non-invasive biomedical instrumentation. Our work builds on our revolutionary bioelectric sensors integrated with precision hardware and robust algorithms to produce systems that evaluate cognitive and physiological states for medical, military, and consumer applications.
The research effort will focus on developing physiologic gauges designed to infer users’ cognitive and physical readiness states from non-invasive sensor data in controlled lab and virtual-reality environments as well as real-world simulations. The postdoc will be involved in various research aspects of technology development, including experimental design, hardware integration, data collection and analysis, and algorithm optimization. Working at USC/ICT, the postdoc will integrate QUASAR’s advanced physiological monitoring sensors with a battery of USC/ICT’s simulation and training programs. The associate will collect physiological data and develop gauges for classification of cognitive and physical states during various behavioral paradigms, including learning, military training, neurocognitive evaluation. Work will involve occasional travel to ARL in Maryland.
The ideal candidate will be experienced with collecting and analyzing electrophysiological signals from human subjects (including EEG/ECG/EMG). Experience in programming languages (Matlab, python, C/C++, Maya, 3dsMax, Gamebryo, Ogre, Delta3d, Source Game Engine), as well as knowledge of machine learning algorithms are desirable. We are seeking a reliable team-player with good oral and written communication skills who is capable of independent work in a multi-disciplinary team. Our new team member will be a self-driven individual who is meticulous and dedicated to professional excellence, and highly motivated to seek new creative solutions to QUASAR and USC/ICT’s cutting-edge projects.