Thursday, October 15, 2015

Job Posting: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Driving Safety Research

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Position: Postdoctoral. Research Associate in Driving Safety Research
Thank you for considering University of Massachusetts Amherst in your search.

Category: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Department: Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Location: Amherst, MA
Posted: September 17, 2015
Type: Full-time
Reference No.: R50029

About the University of Massachusetts Amherst:

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Job Description:

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) seeks a postdoctoral research associate in driving safety research. This is a full-time, benefited position with funding for an initial period of one year. Pending satisfactory performance, the position may be extended twice up to a total of three years. The primary goal of the program is to develop the research careers of recent doctoral graduates with a primary focus on driving safety research and/or interventions-based training research targeted at reducing crash risk, through a program that encourages creativity and independent discovery at a premier research institution with an extensive record of accomplishment in these fields.

The postdoctoral research associate will conduct driving safety research with human factors faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, with transportation safety faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering and potentially with cognitive psychology faculty in the Department of Psychology and human-computer interaction faculty in the College of Information and Computer Science at UMass Amherst. The scope of the research can often cross multiple disciplines and  postdoctoral research associates are encouraged to reach out broadly. Duties will include all aspects  of conducting original research, publishing in the top tier peer-reviewed scientific literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant applications.


psychology, and/or a related field. Ideal candidates will have a strong history of publishing in relevant and appropriate peer-reviewed venues, a demonstrated record of individual initiative and originality in research, strong analytical skills, and the potential to become an independent academic researcher within two to three years. Experience with the use of driving simulators, instrumented vehicles, augmented reality and eye trackers to study human behavior are desirable. Access to such equipment is available at UMass Amherst. Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interests match the research interests of mentors at UMass Amherst. For more information, go to

Additional Information:

The annual salary range is $42,000 - $45,520, including full benefits. This position is contingent upon funding.

Application Instructions: 

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, contact information for three references and a brief description (1000 to 1500 words) of research that might be undertaken during the first year. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Applications are accepted only online at: 

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The Department, College, and University have a strong commitment to diversity.

The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University's mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual's record of conduct that includes students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

STTG Reception and Business Meeting at 2015 HFES in Los Angeles

As part of the HFES Conference, the STTG business meeting will take place at 5:30 PM on Wednesday October 28th. 

This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with researchers and students. This meeting has been a held offsite for the past few years with great success. To carry on with that tradition, we are organizing it offsite this year as well, and we look forward to meeting many of you. 

Please see details below:

What: STTG Business Meeting
Where: Rosa Mexicano (800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA)
When: Wednesday Oct 28th, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Cost: $10 cash (Free for first 20 students to RSVP)

  • The meeting will take place at Rosa Mexicano, just down the street from the conference hotel. 
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres and one drink will be provided during the cocktail hour at a cost of $10 cash.
    • (This is a $38 value ticket subsidized for STTG members via support from STTG, UMTRI, and Realtime Technologies Incorporated. We would greatly appreciate it if you could bring exact change)
    • Please RSVP here
    • Attendance is FREE for the first 20 students to RSVP!
  • A cash bar will remain open
  • We will hold an open mic for students to introduce themselves to the STTG
    • Using the RSVP form, students can sign up to give a ~30-s talk on who they are, where they study, and what their research interests are. This is a great way to accelerate visibility in the research community.
  • Here’s the agenda for the evening:
    • 5:30 - 7:00  Reception and cash bar
    • 7:00 - 7:15  Student introductions
    • 7:15 - 8:00  Presentations
      • Featured Talk
      • STTG Update
      • Program Chair Update
      • Student Award Announcement
      • Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award Announcement 
Hope to see you there. Please RSVP. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nominations Extended for the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award, 2015

Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award, 2015

Sponsored by: HFES-STTG (Human Factors & Ergonomics Society - Surface Transportation Technical Group)

Stephanie Binder was 35 years old when she tragically passed away in 2011. She was a human factors engineer at NHTSA and played a vital role in the Department’s efforts to combat distracted driving. She was the primary author of NHTSA’s overall driver distraction plan, and played a leading role in both of the USDOT’s Distracted Driving Summits.

To honor Stephanie’s memory and her impact on the field, the Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES) confers an annual Young Professional Award to a young human factors professional who demonstrates outstanding contribution to transportation human factors.


Nominations are now open for the 2015 award.

  • 35 years old or younger (as of date of nomination).
  • Employed full time (in academia, industry, or government) in a surface transportation related field for at least two years.

Consideration criteria:
  • Research: Advancing transportation human factors as demonstrated by journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports, or product releases
  • Outreach/Education: Demonstration of service to the human factors community. Examples include outreach to K-12, college students, or human factors professionals; workshops/seminars to the human factors community.
  • Other significant contributions to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or other professional/technical societies.

Nominees can directly apply or be nominated by a colleague. To submit a nomination, please include:
  • A brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications, including three reasons for consideration.
  • A curriculum vitae, resume, or comprehensive bio-sketch of the nominee, including names of at least two references.

Awards will be conferred at the Annual Business Meeting of the HFES-STTG on Oct 28, 2015, at the HFES Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Nominations accepted until Wednesday, 

October 21st, 2015

Please email nominations or questions to: Linda Ng Boyle (, Chris Monk (, Anuj K Pradhan (