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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 07/02/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

How to Apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation articulating scientific work and research interest, e.g., how applicant’s research aligns with the overall project). Special focus should include the proposed approaches of analyzing, integrating, and relating multimodal data collected through a debriefing system to deliver information to the instructor and leaners on their clinical management and teamwork processes and performance.
  • CV
  • any research publication(s) relevant to the project
  • list of references: 2-3 references (name, e-mail and phone number)

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Vitaliy Popov via email vipopov@umich.edu


The Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) is a first-in-the-nation basic science department focused on the sciences related to learning across multiple levels of scale (i.e. individual, group, organization, region, nation). DLHS works to improve health in systemic ways by advancing the sciences that make learning effective, routine, and efficient. Our bold research programs generate new knowledge that enhance learning at all levels; our innovative educational programs train new researchers and practitioners in the sciences of learning; our collaborative service programs enhance health professions curricula and guide health systems as they evolve to become learning health systems. More information about DLHS is available at: https://medicine.umich.edu/dlhs

DLHS is seeking a highly motivated, talented researcher with experience in Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Learning Analytics and eXtended Reality to join a dynamic research team with expertise in learning sciences, medical education, and computer science. This NSF-funded postdoctoral position involves developing and evaluate a novel debriefing system that aims to capture and visualize multimodal data streams from the fully immersive multi-user VR simulation environment to evaluate learners’ cognitive (e.g., clinical decision-making) and behavioral (e.g., situational awareness, communication) processes. Through this new multimodal debriefing system, instructors will be able to provide new insights and personalized feedback to clinicians during post-simulation debriefing sessions to allow for more meaningful reflection, targeted intervention, and rapid development of these complex skills in service to patients who suffer sudden medical emergencies.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


The successful candidate will be an integral part of a team consisting of researchers with expertise in medical education, health sciences and computer science and will work on a highly collaborative research project with multiple opportunities to interact with experts and thought leaders in their respective fields.

The candidate will be responsible for: 1) conducting a human-centered design study with trainees and faculty to refine the concept of a multimodal debriefing system 2) helping engineer and evolve an unobtrusive multi-modal sensor-based data collection system; and 3) conducting a quasi-experimental study to evaluate the potential of this study’s debriefing system to improve clinical knowledge and teamwork skills. The candidate will also contribute to writing research papers and technical reports based on his/her work.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in computer science, statistics, learning science, or another field with relevance to higher education research (e.g., learning analytics, human factors, social or behavioral sciences).

The successful applicant should have a strong background in some or all of the following subjects, or a related discipline:

  • social signal processing
  • machine learning
  • affective computing
  • experience working with models for sensor and/or data fusion is a bonus
  • experience working with Unity for augmented reality or virtual reality apps
  • strong programming skills in at least one relevant language (e.g. C/C++, Java, Python, R, etc.)
  • experience with data mining, data analytics and visualization tools.

The qualified candidate will have: a proven track record in carrying out excellent research; a strong publication record in international conferences and journals (e.g. human-computer interaction/CSCW); 3+ years programming experience; the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team; an affinity with the relevant medical education research; and an interest in communicating their research results to a wider audience.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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