Postdoctoral position in team science at Network Science Institute, Northeastern University, Boston

The Collaborative Social Systems Lab at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University in Boston seeks to hire a post-doctoral fellow with a background in organizational behavior, communication, psychology, human-computer interaction, team science, or a related discipline. The post-doctoral fellow will work with Brooke Foucault Welles and Christoph Riedl on a funded research project studying the dynamics of collaboration in face-to-face and virtual teams, starting July 2019.

The post-doctoral fellow will be in charge of (a) developing theories of dynamic team-level processes in face-to-face groups with an emphasis on reducing decision-making bias and increasing inclusion to improve team performance (collective intelligence); (b) developing interventions in the form of adaptive intelligent cognitive agents that interact with the team to affect team processes, and (c) designing and executing virtual and face-to-face group experiments and working with existing datasets to explore how factors like group composition and communication enable collective intelligence to emerge in groups.

This work will combine the candidate’s interests with our prior work on dynamic teams research, including: studying human verbal and non-verbal dynamics in face-to-face group meetings using a smart meeting room; developing a suite of group experiment tasks on the Volunteer Science platform to study information sharing and communication, including virtual agents (bots) that can deliver interventions; and developing systems for optimal experimental design that allow us to efficiently test interventions, such as imposed network topologies.

An ideal candidate will have interests and skills blending social network or organizational behavior theory with strong quantitative and computational skills. The candidate must have a PhD in organizational behavior, economics, HCI, information systems, cognitive psychology, quantitative psychology, communication, computer science, or a related discipline. The post-doctoral fellow would be supervised by Christoph Riedl and Brooke Foucault Welles at the Network Science Institute (with an appointment at D’Amore-McKim School of Business) at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The post-doc must start the position no later than July 1st 2019 and attend an interdisciplinary Summer Innovation Summit in the Boston area associated with the program funding the position (transportation and accomodation for the Summit is provided). The fellowship/position is for one year with strong intention to extend for a second year.

Interested candidates should send a personal statement describing career objectives, background and experience along with a CV as a single PDF file to Christoph Riedl by Monday April 22. Please also provide names and email addresses of at least two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.