03 January 2021

TITLE: Cornell Postdoc Position in Human-Robot Collaboration


SUPERVISOR: Prof. Guy Hoffman (hoffman@cornell.edu)

LOCATION: Ithaca, NY, USA; remote option available for the near future


  • Applications received by 5 Feb. 2021 will be fully considered. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled.
  • Starting date: 1 Apr. 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Duration: One year, with possibility for extension to second year.


As part of a DARPA project on teamwork, we are seeking a postdoc interested in developing probabilistic models of trust in teamwork. This project includes building and evaluating Bayesian models, running experiments, and analyzing complex experimental data. This is a highly collaborative project involving many researchers from around the US, and is therefore most appropriate for a candidate who enjoys collaboration and communication.


  • CS / InfoSci / Data Science / Psych Ph.D with experience in probabilistic models, with preference for human-agent interaction
  • Preferred: Experience in [or keen interest to learn about] programming experimental testing environments
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions
  • Strong initiative and idea-generating approach
  • Excited to tackle challenges and learning opportunities
  • Professional communication skills


(1) You will be responsible for conducting high-quality experimental research (modeling, developing simulation testbeds, running experiments, and data analysis) leading to publication. (2) You will also contribute to reports for funding agencies. If interested, there are opportunities to collaborate on research grant proposal writing. (3) You will assist in supervising the research of graduate and undergraduate students, and participate in working groups with other researchers on the project. (4) You will be expected to make presentations to sponsors and collaborators in these working groups.


You can expect to be supported and mentored in your research, presentation, and writing skills. You will have broad freedom to explore and pursue your own research interests or to focus on extending an existing research project at the lab. You can expect to be involved in paper reviews and program committees to help broaden your academic network.


Please send a short email to Prof. Hoffman with the following attachments.

  • CV
  • Link to list of publications
  • Two representative publications (at least one journal paper)
  • Contact information for two references (may be contacted after initial interview with candidate)

Please focus on the above items and do not spend time on formalities such as a cover letter, research statement, etc.

Feel free to contact Prof. Hoffman with any questions you may have en route to your application. You may also find it useful to contact any of his current or past research group members for more information.