Graduate Student Positions Available

ACCESSIBLE DATA SCIENCE POSITION

Research Overview
The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Lab at the University of Maine is seeking a  doctoral level graduate research assistant to work on a new NSF sponsored project investigating accessible data science. Advised by Dr. Nicholas Giudice, the successful candidate will focus on the research and design of user interfaces for supporting accessible data, graphics, and numerical educational content for people with disabilities, specifically those with visual impairments. This line of research includes implementing and evaluating techniques that make graphical, visually-based materials accessible on smart devices. Building on design guidelines for non-visual information access on touchscreens, the research will apply these techniques to data science, statistics, data representation / visualizations, and STEM educational content for people with visual and print disabilities.

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.

Responsibilities
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 accessible, multisensory user interfaces, 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)
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Statistics, data science, or math education
    • 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

Eligibility

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.

Compensation
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 nicholas.giudice@maine.edu

The University of Maine [Orono] is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle
inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: [Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System) or by email
to: equal.opportunity@maine.edu]

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES POSITION

Research Overview
The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (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.

Responsibilities
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

Eligibility
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.

Compensation
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 nicholas.giudice@maine.edu

The University of Maine [Orono] is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle
inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: [Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System) or by email
to: equal.opportunity@maine.edu]