Data Science/Cognitive Science GRA-Fall 2024-SEAL

Submit Resume ID: 499545
Type: Students: Graduate Research Asst. (GRA)
Location: Smyrna, GA
Categories: Algorithm Development, Artificial Intelligence, Embedded Systems, Human Factors, Machine Learning, Modeling/Simulation, Software Development/Design, System Engineering, Testing


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Founded in 1934 as the Engineering Experiment Station, GTRI has grown to more than 2,900 employees, supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performing more than $940 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry. GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry.   

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Job Description

This GTRI Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position offers you extensive opportunities to participate in diverse scientific and technological endeavors, use state-of-the-art equipment and rapidly improve your technical and leadership skills. This position is for two semesters (Fall 2024 and Spring 2025) of a half-time (50%) graduate research assistantship.

Georgia Tech Research Institute's Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL) seeks a GRA to join our Command, Control, and Communications (C3D) team for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. Students will assist Research Scientists in various Cognitive and Data Science related research tasks. Students should be interested in learning about C3 operations, design and development of human-centered artificial intelligence, human subjects research, and cognitive modeling and simulation. Students should also be capable of helping to conduct human subjects research under the direction of Research Scientists, participating in computational analysis using standard analysis packages such as R, SPSS, or others used in scientific research, and competently reporting the results of such analysis according to professional publication standards.

Due to the nature of the work at GTRI, job duties will depend upon contract and sponsor needs. Students could participate in the following projects/tasks:

  • Perform human subjects research, exploratory research to address sponsor interests
  • Conduct and report on computational science/data analysis
  • Coordinate with other research scientists/engineers to develop and maintain research testbed
  • Contribute to technical reports and presentations

Required Minimum Qualifications


Graduate Research Assistant

  • Pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD at Georgia Tech in Psychology (with Engineering Psychology or Cognition and Brain Science emphasis), or Computer Science (with Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Science emphasis)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours) during working semesters
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Commit to 13-20 hours of work per week
  • Ability to apply foundational cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and/or cognitive psychology principles and concepts to applied and exploratory research in artificial intelligence and human machine teaming
  • Experience in contributing to human subjects research, current CITI training or ability to complete CITI training upon onboarding
  • Knowledgeable of common programming languages or data analysis software packages for computational data science (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS)
  • Good academic writing and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with office applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable of common programming languages for software development to support the construction of basic AI/ML applications (e.g., Python)
  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications and tools
  • Ability to explore and quickly learn computational/data analysis approaches

Hours per Week

13-20 hours per week

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Housing and Relocation

Housing and relocation assistance are not available for this position.

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