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Research Scientist

Institute For Creative Technologies Playa Vista, California

The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is an off campus research facility, located on a creative business campus in the “Silicon Beach” neighborhood of Playa Vista. We are world leaders in innovative training and education solutions, computer graphics, computer simulations, and immersive experiences for decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and health.

ICT’s Virtual Humans Group has an opportunity for an outstanding recent PhD or Postdoc (or possibly even a more senior person).   The opening is for a Research Scientist (with opportunity to become Research Assistant Professor in computer science).  The position comes with considerable funding and a chance to help shape the direction of nonverbal research at ICT’s virtual human’s group.

We are seeking an expert in the fields of:

  • Nonverbal behavior understanding and analyses

  • Machine learning with a focus on deep learning

  • Multimodal social signal processing

The successful candidate will work directly with Jonathan Gratch and Stefan Scherer to develop their own research agenda related to human nonverbal behavior understanding and analysis. ICT is a leader in virtual humans, emotion and social behavior research. Beyond collaborating with us there will be opportunities to leverage ICT’s broad research strengths including David Traum’s Natural Language group, Skip Rizzo’s Medical VR group, Hao Li’s Vision and Graphics Lab, the Mixed Reality Lab, and USC’s Center for Body Computing. Ideally, the candidate would be able to start as early as the start of the spring semester

Job Accountabilities:

  • Serves as a key research scientist who is recognized as a national authority on topics in specialized field
  • Plans, designs and conducts highly specialized, technical and unusually complex research projects independently.
  • Works under consultative direction from supervisor toward long-range goals and objectives.
  • May contribute to the development of advanced new concepts, techniques and standards.
  • Analyzes research data and provides interpretations.
  • Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.
  • Develops solutions to research problems of unusually complexity, which require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity and innovativeness.
  • Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences. Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers as needed.
  • Makes presentations at academic and/or practitioner conferences.
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance to staff and/or student workers as needed.

Why work at ICT:

  • A quality work-life balance
  • Meet interesting people from all walks of life – technologists, social scientists, military, writers, producers, philanthropists
  • Opportunities for free, top-tier university education for you and your children
  • Located in the heart of Silicon Beach
  • Great benefits - medical to matched retirement


Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate
Minimum Experience: 5 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience in research specialization with highly advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures, analysis methods, principles, theories and concepts. Demonstrated leadership in developing new ideas and ability to publish in appropriate academic and practitioner outlets. Demonstrated independent thinking and leadership in scholarly writing according to such criteria as: first authored publications, conceptual leadership in the development of publications generated alone or with others, writing of first drafts of publications and/or single authored publications.

REQ20053780 Posted Date: 12/08/2017

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