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Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 12/19/2021
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area Computer Science
Position Description
  • We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher in human-computer interaction, human-AI interaction, natural language processing, and/or visualization design to work with Prof. Elena Glassman at Harvard SEAS. Applicants will broadly be expected to help mentor research projects led by Masters and PhD students as well as develop and lead projects themselves. 
  • Projects within the lab may be related to (1) fairness and interpretability for machine learning in healthcare, e.g., challenges related to personalization and communicating uncertainty, (2) designing for “loophole” behavior in human-AI interaction, (3) building usable interactive systems powered by program synthesis, (4) interfaces for supporting humans in human-AI teams, including human-robot teams, (5) interfaces for hypothesis discovery & ML model selection by physician-researchers, or (6) code demography, e.g., extensions of OverCode/Foobaz and Examplore/ExampleNet.  Most of these project topics will involve working closely with a second PI at Harvard or elsewhere, who is an expert in a field other than HCI. Applicants will also have the opportunity to develop their own research agenda and start new collaborations. 
  • The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility for renewal of a second year depending on performance and availability of funds. Further information about the research lab is available at https://glassmanlab.seas.harvard.edu/ .

Basic Qualifications
A PhD in CS or Information Science by the position start date; and a publication record of 3-5 papers in HCI venues, preferrably CHI, TOCHI, UIST, or CSCW.
Additional Qualifications
Applicants should have demonstrated research experience in qualitative research: e.g., designing and conducting formative studies or other need-finding techniques, and building and evaluating interactive systems, e.g., designing and evaluating a novel interface which may have have statically loaded data or an operational data-processing backend.  
Prior contributions in any one of the following fields preferred: 
  • Machine Learning
  • Program Synthesis
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Visualization
Special Instructions
Candidates complete applications require:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Research Statement (one page) describing:
  • your research interests and what your research focus will be during your postdoc
  • a few sentences about the reason you’re interested in working together
  • how long of a postdoc you’re looking for, and 
  • the date you will complete your PhD.

3. Two Sample Publications
4. Title of the paper you read from our group’s publications list . 
5. Three Reference Letters
SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse and welcoming community and we strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.
Contact Information
Susan Welby
Contact Email swelby@seas.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer
Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 3
human-computer interaction, human-AI interaction, visualization, machine learning,  natural language processing, program synthesis, interactive systems

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