Characterization of Human Variability
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 7/27/2019

Opportunity Description

Characterization of Human Variability through Multi-faceted Assessment Human behavior has been studied for centuries and still remains poorly understood by the scientific community. Data collection and analytic tool development efforts to date overtly fail to capture the variability that is needed to characterize the dynamics of human behavior. Researchers have made trade-offs between experimental time periods and participant populations studied, resolution of data acquired, and the number of different facets of human assessment integrated (e.g., intended behaviors, unintended behaviors, physiology, subjective experiences, social interactions, environmental factors, and tasking). These trade-offs have limited the interpretability of human data and arguably, advancements in theory, modeling, as well as their applications to predicting behavior. Our goal is to extend theories regarding human behavior, incorporating multiple factors and their interactions, spanning multiple time scales across a large group of individuals, and to use these theories to develop novel methods to predict an individual’s future performance. In contrast to previous efforts that made tradeoffs between resolution and time, we aim to leverage the recent explosion in wearable technologies, physiological monitoring, environmental sensing, communications, computing technology, network technologies, and analytic tools to validate and refine theories regarding the factors influencing human performance over time. The Associate will do research to characterize human variability and to develop novel methods to predict an individual’s future performance. The Associate should have extensive experience in one or more of the following (or related) fields: Applied Mathematics, Behavioral Science, Big Data Analysis, Bioengineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Machine Learning, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience, Physiology, Probability and Statistics. The Associate must have an interest in applying these skills to characterize human behavior in real-world environments. Click here for more information

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Grooming future leaders in science and technology requires enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of workers early in their careers. To that end, ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) assists in connecting the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

ORAU works with agencies such as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recent graduates in full-time and part-time jobs in the Office of Research and Development at EPA under the National Student Services Contract. ORAU also works with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Research opportunities include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Health Risk Assessment, Environmental Science, Entomology, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, Geology, Health Education Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Physics, Public Health Economics, Public Health Policy, Toxicology, and more.

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