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#97949 Automation Director

Filing Deadline: Fri 2/22/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/13/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 02/22/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Automation Director will provide vital support and management for multiple collaborating, overlapping research activities within the Design Lab, specifically the Automation program/center. The initial activities are Healthcare and Transportation; other related activities might be added, depending upon the success of funding requests.

A major current healthcare project examines patient compliance and acceptance of drug treatments, especially when the treatment is long-lasting without any benefits visible to the patient (e.g., treatment for cholesterol). A major current transportation project involves the interactions between automated and autonomous vehicles and people, both passengers road users. This work includes developing the standards for communication patterns so that different manufacturers will follow the same communication guidelines. In both domains, other projects are now in the discussion and negotiation phase with potential funders.

All these projects require the establishment of experimental "Sand Boxes," spaces where experimental procedures can be tested rapidly and safely. The focus of the Design Lab is upon the human side of the problems, so communication between technology and protocols are common as is the understanding of how trust develops. It is of critical importance to balance the amount of trust; undertrust is just as dangerous as overtrust.

Additionally, the incumbent must administer all finance, human resources, facilities and other operational activities for above research described program. Administers major program components, and some or all of the program's operational requirements. Develops and organizes conferences and other public forums. Works under direction of Principal Investigator or more senior Academic Program Officer to establish center agenda, funding, objectives.

This includes, organizing, managing coordinating and reporting on designated research, as well as coordinating internal collaboration, external partnerships, communications and outreach of program, project element, conducting research, and supervising staff. The incumbent is a critical member of both research teams whose key responsibility is to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget, and delivered with high quality. Leads the planning effort for development and deployment of assigned projects, including project schedules and estimating resource needs.

Tracks project progress, ensure effective communication within the project team, translate research findings into information easily understood by both experts and non experts, and supervising staff researchers.


  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research preferred. Degree in Cognitive Science and three (3) years plus of work experience in academic research environment. Advanced degree in Human Factors.

  • Proven ability to independently execute research projects through the independent planning, organizing and performing of experiments and selecting of data for analysis.

  • Strong ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Ability to collect, record, and interpret experimental data.

  • Demonstrated fundraising experience.

  • Demonstrated experience using data annotation platform known as ChronoViz.

  • Extensive experience with field research techniques including wizard-of-oz technique, video and audio interaction recording, the appropriate use of mobile eye-tracking glasses and other multi-modal and multiparty recording techniques.

  • Proven ability to read and summarize scientific articles pertaining to the prosecution of broad research problems related to interests of the center and proceed without specific direction to organize and plan out all the techniques involved.

  • Proven leadership and management experience and skills. Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Ability to host successful workshops with academic, industry, standards and policy planning groups.

  • Strong verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results. Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.

  • Solid interpersonal, communication and follow-up skills to establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, faculty industry partners with emphasis on collaboration and problem solving.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects, deadlines, conflicts in an environment of shifting priorities and resource and staff constraints.

  • Strong decision-making and ability to use independent judgement and to respond effectively to unexpected events of changes.


  • A background check is required for this position.

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$63,400 - $83,250 /year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri