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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rice University in Houston, Texas
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Date Posted July 12, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Summary

The Computer-Human Interaction Laboratory (CHIL) at Rice University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to take a leading role in an NSF-funded project on using computational cognitive modeling in ACT-R to assess the usability of voting systems, particularly the design of ballots. The ultimate goal of this project is to produce a tool that can take a ballot design as input and produce an assessment of possible error-causing layout features. There will also be a validation phase that involves the collection of new behavioral data, so skills in behavioral research are also necessary. The position is fully funded for three years, with possible continuation contingent on additional funding.

Education Required

PhD or other Doctoral Degree


Cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computer science or related field.

Education Preferred

Experience Required

No experience required

Experience Preferred

Skills Required

  • Experience in ACT-R modeling or similar computational experience

Skills Preferred

Physical Demands

Standard, walking, sitting, reaching, using computer/keyboard.

Working Conditions

This position requires working in a typical university office environment.

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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