Wright State University WSRI Human Judgement and Decision Making Research Scientist in Dayton, Ohio

Job Summary/Basic Function

As part of Wright State University, WSRI is committed to WSU’s mission to transform the lives of students and the communities we serve, and to support that mission through strong internal and external partnerships. WSRI strives to be a national leader in transformational applied research by delivering high-impact solutions to National Security and Health challenges through Research, Education and Training.

The Human Judgement and Decision Making Research Scientist supports this mission by performing research and technology development activities in support of WSU/ARC grants and contracts.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Social Behavioral Sciences, Economics, Political Science, or any discipline related to human judgement and decision making. An advanced degree in a related quantitative science such as Mathematics or Data Analytics is also acceptable provided candidate has some prior research experience involving forecasting-related problems and/or algorithmic approaches to event prediction.

  • Experience with experimental design and data analysis involving human behavioral studies.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Social Behavioral Sciences, Economics, Political Science, or any discipline related to human judgement and decision making.

  • Prior experience working on forecasting-related problems, ideally within a prediction market or “wisdom of crowds” framework.

  • Exceptional organizational skills.

  • Strong computational and data analysis skills.

Essential Functions and percent of time

50%- Develop novel methods for integrating human and machine forecasting components to create maximally accurate and flexible forecasting capabilities, with a focus on geopolitical forecasting. Create new methodologies for guiding human forecasters on how to assess and appropriately adjust the outputs and/or decision processes of machine forecasting agents. Develop new machine forecasting algorithms that optimally integrate human inputs, including human-generated base rate data, reference class information, uncertainty estimates, etc. Measure success of hybrid human-machine forecasting approaches through participation in real world forecasting competition. Engage collaboratively with other members of a large, multi-institutional team.

30% – Manage and organize participation in a large-scale, government-hosted forecasting tournament involving multiple competing teams and spanning diverse geopolitical forecasting domains (e.g., political elections, social unrest, military exercises, epidemiological events, etc.) Obtain and manage all necessary human subjects, research approvals, and interface on as-needed basis with the Wright State University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

10% – Communicate research findings. Prepare full-length research articles suitable for publication in peer-review scientific journals. Concisely summarize key findings in written reports to government sponsors. Prepare and deliver scientific and technical presentations to key government stakeholders. Attend and present major research results at scientific conferences.

10% – Identify and pursue new funding opportunities in the areas of human judgment and decision making and applied cognitive-behavioral science. Prepare high quality, competitive white papers and full-length research proposals for timely submission to relevant government solicitations (e.g., BAAs and RFPs). Assist in sponsor outreach to support ongoing and future program development. Scientific sponsors/funding agencies of interest include AFRL/AFOSR, ONR, ARL, DARPA, IARPA, and OSD, NSF and NIH.

Essential Functions and percent of time (cont'd)

30% – Manage and organize participation in a large-scale, government-hosted forecasting tournament involving multiple competing teams and spanning diverse geopolitical forecasting domains (e.g., political elections, social unrest, military exercises, epidemiological events, etc.) Obtain and manage all necessary human subjects, research approvals, and interface on as-needed basis with the Wright State University Institutional Review Board (IRB).

10% – Communicate research findings. Prepare full-length research articles suitable for publication in peer-review scientific journals. Concisely summarize key findings in written reports to government sponsors. Prepare and deliver scientific and technical presentations to key government stakeholders. Attend and present major research results at scientific conferences.

10% – Identify and pursue new funding opportunities in the areas of human judgment and decision making and applied cognitive-behavioral science. Prepare high quality, competitive white papers and full-length research proposals for timely submission to relevant government solicitations (e.g., BAAs and RFPs). Assist in sponsor outreach to support ongoing and future program development. Scientific sponsors/funding agencies of interest include AFRL/AFOSR, ONR, ARL, DARPA, IARPA, and OSD, NSF and NIH.

Faculty Rank or Job Title: WSRI Human Judgement and Decision Making Research Scientist

Job Category: Administrative (exempt/non-exempt)

Department: Wright State Research Institute

Equity & Inclusion No.: 17P094

Minimum Annual or Hourly Rate: Negotiable

Salary Band: RS S07

Posting Date: 06/19/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes