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Assistant Professor, Human Factors Psychology

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Department: Cognitive & Learning Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Human Factors, Psychology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences ( at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Human Factors Psychology, beginning in August 2023. Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

We seek a candidate with the ability to teach in-person courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, related to human factors, applied cognitive science, and general psychology. The candidate should have the potential to develop and maintain an active program of research in any area of Human Factors and have the potential to generate external grant funding for this work. Duties include teaching two courses a semester in either undergraduate and graduate coursework that supports our BS degrees in Human Factors and Psychology and our graduate programs in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors. This may include Introduction to Psychology, Research methods, Sensation and Perception, Learning and Memory, Human-Computer Interaction methods, and special courses in the area of the candidate’s expertise related to the application of psychology in real-world contexts. Other duties include developing/revising courses in the candidate’s area of specialty, establishing an independent research program and engage in research, scholarly and creative activities leading to publication, supervising students in research activities including undergraduate projects, MS theses, and Ph.D. dissertations, and participating in service to the department, college, university, and broader academic community. Candidates are expected to devote 40% of their effort to teaching, 40% to research, and 20% to university service.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology or a closely related field, with degree awarded by August 15, 2023.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Have a record of scholarship and experience disseminating scholarly work in venues appropriate to the field of study.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Post-doctoral research experience, with experience contributing to or submitting applications for external funding. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Be able to teach a variety of courses that contribute to the department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Evidence of scholarly productivity with a research emphasis in any area of human factors, with a preference for expertise in areas related to health human factors, patient safety, transportation, human-robot or human-automation interaction, cyber security, human-systems integration, or sustainability. Preference will be given to candidates that can support interdisciplinary research that is aligned with one of Michigan Tech’s Research Institutes (Health Research Institute, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, ICC - Human-Centered Computing) and complements existing strengths in the department.
● Experience generating external grant funding and/or acquiring contract work for human factors projects.
● Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
● Ability to engage and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students in faculty-directed research and funded human factors projects.
● Prior or planned activities in research, teaching, or service that increase engagement, inclusion, sense of belonging and/or culturally responsive mentorship of diverse individuals.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required pieces of training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Application evaluation will begin on January 16, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should prepare and submit the following:
● Cover Letter
● Curriculum Vitae
● Names/contact information for three references willing to write letters of recommendation.
● Three additional separate statements addressing:
o Teaching philosophy, skills, and experience
o Research interests, skills, and a statement of current af future research plans
o Diversity statement that describes how their past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging where all members of a campus community can excel.
● A maximum of three reprints and/or preprints of published manuscripts

Additional Information

The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences offers BS undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Human Factors and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Cognitive Science/Human Factors. Faculty interests typically bridge the space between applied and basic research, including attention, expertise, human-AI interaction, naturalistic decision making, computational modeling, cognitive neuroscience, health and wellness, and training/education. Faculty also have frequent collaborations with other disciplines, including Kinesiology/Integrated Physiology, computer science, and engineering. Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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