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Opportunity at Davies Teaching Fellowships (ARL/USMA)

Dynamical Systems Modeling of Human States


MD and FL-Human Research & Engineering Dir-FFP, Human Research and Engineering Directorate - FFP

RO# Location
AA.27.01.B8515 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 210055425


Name E-mail Phone
Brooks, Justin Ryan 410.278.0811
Marathe, Amar Ravindra 410.278.3638
Vettel, Jean M 410.278.7431


With headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland, the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the nation's premier laboratory for land forces. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government, academic, and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated science and technology in the Army.

Basic science research is needed to address critical knowledge gaps underlying efforts to seamlessly integrate humans and advanced technology for future military and civilian applications. Broad needs defined within this problem space demand high-quality, complex experimentation combined with advanced quantitative analysis and modeling of human brain-body states and their dynamics in simulated and actual (real-world) operational contexts.

The Associate is expected to research internal human states as an emergent property of the complex, dynamic interaction between the brain and the body. The ultimate goal of this work is to develop an objective, mathematical framework to quantify and characterize human internal states in near real time for adaptive technologies. Research activities will involve (1) dynamical and control simulations modeling of brain and body interactions, (2) analysis of the simulation results to characterize emergent properties of this system, (3) relating the modeling results to empirical studies which contain neural, physiological, and behavioral data, and (4) authoring presentations and manuscripts for peer-review publication.

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong scientific background with examples of recent high-quality first-author presentations and writing. Strong candidates will have already successfully published (or had work accepted for publication) in one or more peer-reviewed journals.



Okon-Singer H, et al: “The Neurobiology of Emotion–cognition Interactions: Fundamental Questions and Strategies for Future Research.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9: February 17, 2015. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00058

Taggart P, et al: “Significance of Neuro-Cardiac Control Mechanisms Governed by Higher Regions of the Brain.” Autonomic Neuroscience 199: 54-65, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.autneu.2016.08.013

Vernon D, et al: “Embodied Cognition and Circular Causality: On the Role of Constitutive Autonomy in the Reciprocal Coupling of Perception and Action.” Frontiers in Psychology 6: October 30, 2015. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01660


Human state estimation; Psychophysiology; Human performance; Military research; Autonomic nervous system; Dynamical systems; Control systems;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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