[CogSci] Post-doc Position - Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA

Dunn, Timothy L CIV USN NAVHLTHRSCHCEN SAN (USA) timothy.l.dunn12.civ at mail.mil
Thu Apr 14 13:05:52 PDT 2022

Leidos is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Cognitive Scientist to
support research projects with a focus on distributed metacognition and the
effects of fatigue on human performance in the Warfighter Performance
Department at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego, CA.  The
Warfighter Performance Department conducts human performance, physiology and
psychology investigative studies that involve planning, coordinating,
designing, and executing experimental protocols that meet with the overall
mission of the research objectives. The primary responsibility includes
working as the scientific lead for ongoing projects for the Expeditionary
Cognitive Science (ExCS) group, focused on identifying decrements in
cognitive and metacognitive performance and variation in trust during sleep
deprivation when critical tasks are offloaded to machine systems.


Primary responsibilities for the Post-Doctoral Cognitive Scientist include
but are not limited to:

- Works independently to achieve day-to-day objectives with significant
impact on operational results and project deliverables for the ExCS group
and Warfighter Performance Department.

-Conduct in-lab data collections. Obtain raw behavioral and
psychophysiological data (e.g., eye tracking, EEG/fNIRS, research-grade
wearables). Conduct appropriate statistical analyses.

-Develop and evaluate methodologies to meet project objectives, write
standards of procedure to perform appropriate methodologies, and perform
quality assurance checks to ensure that appropriate methodologies are
followed consistently.

-Develop documentation and coordinate approval of related Institutional
Review Board documents.

-Work with project managers to manage resources necessary to meet project
goals. Prepare periodic internal reports and status updates.

-Develop research proposal documents for submission and collaborate with
Principal Investigators to identify needs.

-Develop technical solutions that address pertinent needs for government and
military stakeholders.

-Develop solutions to problems that are unclear and require deep
understanding of distributed metacognition and related topics.

-Ensure research projects are completed on time and within human subjects
research constraints.

-Manage local and outlying US Department of Defense collaborative
relationships necessary for completion of project-specific milestones.

-Effectively communicate results of projects to military and academic
communities as lead author on presentations, peer-reviewed journal
publications, technical reports, and letters to military officials.

-Prepare summaries and publications for non-research technical and general

-Coach and review the work of junior researchers on the project.


Basic Qualifications:

-Candidates must have completed a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from an accredited
US university, or international university of equivalent standard, in
cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, behavioral science, human
factors or a related field.

-Candidates must have at least three years of experience working on
cognition or cognition-related research protocols.

-Demonstrate advanced knowledge of cognitive and metacognitive processes and
methodology, designs, and metrics (e.g., Signal Detection Theory,
metacognitive bias/sensitivity, etc.).

-Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the
distributed/situated/embodied/embedded cognition literature.

-Has demonstrated evidence of scientific achievement in the cognitive
science domain, as shown by the publication of articles and reports,
membership in scientific societies, knowledge of and experience in writing
and editing technical and scientific research information, as well as the
ability to speak well and concisely, and confer with professional colleagues
on a peer basis.

-Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and experience in processing,
collating, and maintaining behavioral and psychophysiological research data.

-Demonstrate knowledge of advanced statistical techniques such as
mixed-effects modeling (generalized, linear, and non-linear), times-series
analyses, Bayesian inference, supervised/unsupervised machine learning,
structural equation modeling/path analysis, etc.

-Demonstrate advanced statistical programming ability (e.g, in R, Python,
etc.) aimed at optimizing workflows for fast and reproducible results.

-Candidates must be a self-starter, act on objectives in an independent
manner, demonstrate leadership, work independently and in a team, and
effectively plan and prioritize work.

-Candidates must demonstrate excellent critical thinking and problem-solving
skills. This includes flexibility in responding to changing demands,
timelines, and priorities.

-Candidate must demonstrate strong computer skills and experience with basic
software such as MS Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

-Candidate must demonstrate the ability to operate and troubleshoot, as
necessary, laboratory machinery that is computer controlled.

-Candidate must be willing and able to work non-regular hours such as
overnight and on weekends as needed for data collection.

-Demonstrate the ability to extend and apply the knowledge of research to
the missions of the NHRC Command and the Navy.

-The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to obtain a Secret


Preferred Qualifications:

-Previous experience designing and implementing experiments associated with
distributed cognition (e.g., cognitive offloading, strategy selection,

-Previous experience designing and implementing experiments associated with
cognition under fatigue and/or stress.

-Previous experience designing and implementing human performance
experiments with high technical sophistication in military or veteran

-Preference will be given to a candidate who already has an active Secret
security clearance.


Preferred start date: 01JULY2022

The link for the full posting and application can be found below:



Tim Dunn, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Expeditionary Cognitive Science (ExCS) Group

Warfighter Performance Dept.

Naval Health Research Center

San Diego, CA

Cell: 909-272-5022


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