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Senior Research Scientist - Human Machine Interaction - 2009767 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

At the SEI Emerging Technology Center, we describe our work as “making the recently possible mission-practical.” We help our government customers stay at the leading edge of technology by identifying, demonstrating, extending, and applying emerging software technologies to solve real government problems. We currently work in the fields of human-machine interaction, applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, and advanced computing—areas that are changing and progressing rapidly. As we show our customers how new technologies can improve their mission capabilities through rapid prototyping and iterative development, we both rely on and shape academic and industrial research.

Are you creative, curious, energetic, collaborative, technology-focused, and hard-working? Are you interested in making a difference by bringing innovation to government organizations and beyond? Apply to join our team.

Position Summary: As a senior research scientist focusing on human-machine interaction, you will identify, shape, apply, conduct, and lead research that matches critical U.S. government needs.

Desired Experience:

  • Research practices and publications: You have a track record of conducting research in human-computer interaction or related fields. You have a reputation for the highest level of research and technical integrity. You have demonstrated contributions and have published research across multiple fields.
  • Familiarity with emerging trends and opportunities: You are familiar with technical challenges and emerging trends in computing and information science generally and human-computer interaction more specifically. You are aware of research opportunities and challenges across government and industry.
  • Deep technical knowledge: You have performed extensive research in human-computer interaction, information visualization, user-experience design, machine emotional intelligence, decision systems, human-robot interaction, augmented and virtual reality, or related fields. You have recent experience with tools, techniques, practices, software, and programming languages related to human-computer interaction.
  • Technical leadership: You have led research projects and have experience collaborating across research teams and mentoring other researchers.
  • Proposals: You have formulated and delivered successful research proposals to funding agencies and led the resulting projects.
  • Government projects: You have worked with DARPA, IARPA, Service Labs, or other government research sponsors.


  • Hands-on research: You will conduct and lead novel research in human-machine interaction, decision support systems, and applied machine learning.
  • Solution development: You’ll work with and lead interdisciplinary teams to turn research results into prototype operational capabilities for government customers and stakeholders.
  • Strategy: You will work with Center leaders and colleagues to plan, develop, and carry out an overall research strategy, and to influence the national research agenda regarding future technology.
  • Collaboration: You'll actively participate on teams of software developers, researchers, designers, and technical leads. You'll build relationships and collaborate with researchers, government customers, and other stakeholders to understand challenges, needs, possible solutions, and research directions.
  • Mentoring: You'll contribute to improving the overall technical capabilities of the Center by mentoring and teaching others, participating in design (software and otherwise) sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom across the SEI Emerging Technology Center team.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Communication and Collaboration: You have strong written and verbal communication skills and can interact collaboratively and diplomatically with customers and colleagues. You grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort while focusing great attention to detail. You can present complex ideas to people who may not have a deep understanding of the subject area.
  • Dedication: You can meet deadlines while multi-tasking–sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities.
  • Creativity and Innovation: You are creative and curious, and you are inspired by the prospect of collaborating with premier researchers and visionaries at Carnegie Mellon and other universities and organizations. You quickly learn new procedures, techniques, and approaches. You are forward-looking and can connect research with practical challenges.
  • Knowledge and Learning: You possess broad technical interests along with a deep knowledge of a particular field such as human-computer interaction, data analytics and machine learning, advanced computing, and autonomy and adaptive systems.


  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline with ten years of experience; OR MS in the same fields with eight years of experience; OR PhD with five years of experience.
  • Flexible to travel to other SEI offices in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate (25%) travel outside of your home location.
  • You will be subject to a background investigation and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

More Information:

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.


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