Thursday, May 22, 2014

Human Factors Engineer / Research Psychologist

The Transportation Research Center Inc. is seeking a Human Factors Engineer or Research Psychologist to support projects conducted for the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Research to be supported may involve experiments in areas such as Collision Avoidance Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Driver Distraction.

Qualified applicants should possess a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in a Human Factors engineering or applied Psychology program.  Strong technical skills are preferred, including experience in statistical analysis and experimental design. Participation in research involving human participants would be beneficial.  Good PC, writing, and communication skills are necessary.

To apply, reference job #2014-017 and send resume to:

Transportation Research Center Inc.
Attn:  Human Resources
PO Box B-67
East Liberty, OH 43319
FAX:  (937) 666-2203


For additional information about TRC Inc., visit our web site:

The work for this job is under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For information on NHTSA, visit their web site:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Summer student research experience in Germany

UNH professors Andrew Kun and Tom Miller were recently awarded an NSF grant to fund students conducting research at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Each summer between 2014 and 2017, 3 undergraduate and 3 graduate students  will conduct research for just under 9 weeks at the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab of Professor Albrecht Schmidt at the University of Stuttgart. Professor Schmidt and his lab are among world leaders in the field of HCI. See

Student research will focus on two areas: in-vehicle speech interaction and speech interaction with public displays. For in-vehicle speech, students will relate the benefits and limitations of speech interaction with in-vehicle devices with real-world parameters, such as how well speech recognition works at any given moment. They will also work to identify why it is that talking to a passenger appears to reduce the probability of a crash, and how we might be able to use this new information to create safer in-vehicle speech interactions. Similarly, students will explore how speech interaction can allow smooth interaction with electronic public displays.

Successful applicants will receive full financial support for participation, covering items such as airfare, room and board, health insurance, as well as a $500/week stipend. The total value of the financial package is approximately $8,500 for 9 weeks.

Details about the program, including applications instructions, are available at Please note that this program is only available to US citizens and permanent residents. If you have questions please contact Andrew Kun ( or Tom Miller (