Assistant Professor, Human Factors Psychology

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:

  • 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:

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

Required Experience:

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:

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.

Appointment Term:

9 months

Special Instructions to Applicants:
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.
  • Statement: Teaching philosophy, skills, and experience
  • Statement: 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.

Apply on through Michigan Tech's Job Board (

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.

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