Graduate Student Positions Available


The VEMI Lab is seeking two undergraduate students for Research Assistant positions in the lab. After a trial internship, these positions will be paid and have the potential for year-round work. VEMI Undergraduate Research Assistants will be expected to: (1) Conduct background research/literature reviews, (2) write protocols for given experimental designs, (3) run human subjects in online and in-person studies, (4) contribute to the write-up of reports, and (5) assist the Research Manager and other team members with other research-related tasks as needed.

Read more here: VEMI_Undergraduate_Research_Assistant_2023


The VEMI Lab is seeking an undergraduate student for their Logistics Coordinator position in the lab. This position will be within the lab itself and does not require programming knowledge. In this position, you must be prepared and willing to work at odd times on a variety of different topics, with varying degrees of difficulty. A commitment to communication and integrity/trust is imperative, as sensitive information may be gathered through this line of work. Tasks may include various writing tasks, scheduling, public communications, note taking, and more. Ideal candidates have strong writing, organizational, creative problem solving, and collaboration skills. They must be personable and ambitious. The opportunity to learn and conduct research and development projects is included. Applying to this position means you have a willingness to learn, a desire to become a part of a growing team, and a passion to improve the world around you.

Read more here: VEMI Lab Logistics Coordinator


Research Overview
The VEMI Lab at the University of Maine is seeking a doctoral level graduate research assistant to work on multiple projects related to the design and research of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and accessibility. Advised by Dr. Nicholas Giudice, the successful candidate will build on the Lab’s current line of research, including but not limited to human-vehicle
collaboration, trust, and accessibility related to AVs (specifically related to multisensory interfaces for use by visually impaired and older people).

VEMI is a truly multidisciplinary research lab, with research and expertise converging human-computer interaction, biomedical engineering, and the humanities. As such, students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

You will be working with Dr. Nicholas Giudice and the VEMI Research Team on various projects as part of your doctoral research. You will be actively involved in all levels of the research process, including:
performing background literature searches, conceptualizing and designing behavioral experiments, recruiting and conducting rigorous human subjects research, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing and presenting research reports. You will also be involved with the technical design and development of new variants of a multisensory, human-centered autonomous vehicle interface, which will include mobile development and related programming.

Required Qualifications

  • Background/training in one or more of the following areas:
    • Human behavioral research (including experimental design and methodology)
    • Transportation studies/engineering
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Multisensory, accessible user interfaces
    • Experimental or cognitive psychology
    • Organized, responsible, willing to take initiative, and able to work independently
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Familiarity with human subject research
    • Experience with data analysis
    • Experience with statistical analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, R, Excel’s Analysis ToolPak)
    • Expertise with MS office

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with programming

Eligible candidates must also apply and be accepted to the Ph.D. program in Spatial Computing in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine.

This graduate assistantship includes tuition for up to 19 credits per year, half of the University of Maine graduate health insurance, and a $2200 monthly stipend for 12 months.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume / CV to Dr. Nicholas Giudice at

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