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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: Sciences, 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 2024.

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)

Develop and maintain an active independent research program in any area of Human Factors by including graduate (MS and PhD) and undergraduate students in research activities and have the potential to generate external grant funding for this work.

Teach in-person courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, related to human factors, applied cognitive science, and general psychology. Duties will include teaching two courses a semester at the undergraduate and/or graduate level that support our BS degrees in Psychology and Human Factors, and our graduate program in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors.

Other duties include developing courses in the candidate’s area of specialty and participating in service to the department, university, and broader academic community. Candidates are expected to devote 40% of their effort to teaching, 40% to research, and 20% to academic service.

Integrate safety practices into daily activities and apply continuous improvement strategies to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, or a closely related field, with degree awarded by August 15, 2024.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Evidence of scholarly productivity (commensurate with experience level) with a research emphasis in any area of human factors and the potential to generate external grant funding for this work.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Post-doctoral research experience.

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

Ability to engage and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students in faculty-directed research.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Potential for excellence in teaching. We are particularly interested in candidates who have the potential to teach Sensation and Perception, Attention, and some of the following: Environmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, or Human Factors.

Potential to support interdisciplinary research that is aligned with one of Michigan Tech’s Research Institutes (ICC - Human-Centered Computing, Health Research Institute, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute).

Complements existing strengths in the CLS department.

Experience writing grant applications.

Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints

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 trainings; 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. 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)

Review of applications will begin on November 27, and applications should arrive by that date for maximal consideration. However, late applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants will need to upload the following documents:
● Curriculum Vitae
● Cover Letter
● Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
● Names/contact information for three references willing to write letters of recommendation.
● Two additional separate statements addressing:
Teaching philosophy, skills, and experience
Research interests, skills, and a statement of current of future research plans
● A maximum of three reprints and/or preprints of published manuscripts

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications in their cover letter along with an explanation of how they will contribute to the Vision and Mission of Michigan Tech.

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, 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. 

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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