Postdoctoral Scholar, Human-AI Teaming in Aeronautics

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Work type: Postdoctoral Associate
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Scholar, Human-AI Teaming in Aeronautics

Administrative Title:

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Job Description:

A team of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) working in conjunction with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is seeking a highly motivated and forward-thinking postdoctoral scholar to assist in conducting multidisciplinary research on a sponsored ONR project on human-AI teaming in aeronautics. 


Candidates interested in the position should have a doctoral degree related to controls, operations research, or a similar discipline, and ideally a background in aeronautics and/or air transportation systems.  The primary research duties will involve using machine-learning techniques to build dynamic models that estimate and predict the current and future cognitive state and actions of minimally trained onboard human operators when interacting with an AI aircraft piloting system.  Candidates must have expertise in developing custom closed-loop simulation models using Matlab, Python, or another formal programming language.  Examples of custom simulations include discrete and continuous-time models in air transportation or feedback control systems.  Specifically, we are NOT INTERESTED in candidates who only have experience working with simulation engines (e.g. Simulink, Arena, AnyLogic, Simio, etc.). 


The selected candidate will be expected to engage with research teams at Georgia Tech working in the areas of human factors and formal methods.


The position is available for up to 2 years and is targeted at researchers interested in aggressively pursuing a faculty position. The UCF faculty lead on the project is dedicated to working with the postdoctoral scholar in establishing themselves as an independent researcher. This includes writing proposals as a co-PI, leading a small research team, teaching opportunities, and exploring other research projects in the domain areas of air transportation, homeland security, education analytics and data mining, and manufacturing cobots. The selected candidate will be encouraged to network with other faculty at UCF, Georgia Tech, and elsewhere. The position will be based in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) at UCF, located in Orlando; however, there will be opportunities for the candidate to travel to Georgia Tech in Atlanta to observe human-subject experiments and to design decision-support systems enabling the human-subject experiments.


Position to begin immediately with a target start date in Fall 2021.


AA-College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Annual Salary:

$50,000 to Negotiable

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution at time of appointment related to controls, operations research, or a similar discipline. Possible disciplines include, but are not limited to: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Computer Science.


Expertise in developing custom closed-loop simulation models using Matlab, Python, or another formal programming language.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in some or all of the following areas:

●             Controls, operations research, or a similar discipline;

●             Machine-learning (esp. IMM, HMM, MDP, POMDP) and simulation modeling;

●             Aeronautics and/or air transportation systems;

●             Human-machine interaction/teaming.

Special Instructions to Applicants:





Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted online through the Human Resources website,  In addition to the online application, candidates should also submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a current resume or curriculum vita; 3) copies of all academic transcripts; 4) up to three sample publications; and 5) a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.


NOTE: Please have all application documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date. Only complete application materials will be considered.


Questions regarding this search may be directed to Adan Vela, assistant professor, at

Florida Clause:

UCF’s expectation is that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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