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Research Opportunities with the PAIRS Research Group

In general, there are three possible ways in which you can join the PAIRS research group: (1) as an Undergraduate Researcher, (2) as a Graduate Researcher, or (3) as a Postdoctoral Researcher. See below for more information.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) are positions held by undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. URA responsibilities vary between projects and can range from aiding the literature review process to implementing new and novel interactive systems.

The following positions are available for undergraduate research:

AI Decision-Making Systems in Simulation Games. We are looking for one or two URA(s) to implement new AI features in an open-source simulation game. The ideal candidates will have experience with, or an interest in, web system architectures, computer graphics, the Rust programming language, and a general interest in AI-driven decision-making.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams Posted: April 25, 2021

Resumption Systems for Programmers. We are looking for one URA to contribute to the implementation of a new system that helps programmers resume interrupted work. The ideal candidates will have experience with, or an interest in, web system architectures, JavaScript, and intelligent decision-making systems.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams Posted: April 25, 2021

Voice-Powered Work. We are looking for one URA to contribute to the implementation of systems that allow people to accomplish work with their voice. The ideal candidates will have experience with, or an interest in, web system architectures, JavaScript, and an interest in engineering assistants that help people accomplish work more effectively.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams Posted: April 25, 2021

The PAIRS laboratory welcomes graduate applications from prospective students. The EECS graduate application requires a research statement from all applicants. If you're interested in joining PAIRS, you should explicitly state your interest in working the area of Human-Computer Interaction with Dr. Williams or Dr. Henley in your research statement.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Tennessee's Graduate School. General information about EECS's graduate programs can be found here.

The following positions are available for graduate research:

PhD Student (HCI+AI). The PAIRS research lab is recruiting one fully-funded PhD students for the Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 terms to work on projects at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. We're specifically looking for students to work within the space of:

  • Microwork, Crowdwork, and Emerging Work Contexts
  • Mixed-Initiative or Human-AI Interaction
  • Intelligent Interfaces for Work
  • Multi-Modal Interfaces
  • Interface Design and Prototyping
  • Workplace and Work Practice Studies
We are a highly interdisciplinary research group, and we welcome applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, including computer science, informatics, cognitive science, psychology, and economics. The ideal candidates are those that have experience in building interactive systems with common web frameworks for the front-end (e.g. React) and back-end (e.g. MeteorJS). Research experience is a plus.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams Posted: April 25, 2021

The PAIRS laboratory does not currently have funding to support postdoctoral researchers. However, there are several funding options that external visitors may consider or pursue to fund them in joining the research group:

CI Fellows 2021 Program. The CI Fellows program is a postdoctoral research program jointly funded by the CRA and the NSF that provides two years of funding to awardees. A CI Fellows application is the collaborative product of both by a mentor and an applicatn. If you are a graduating PhD student and have an interest in working in the PAIRS laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher, please reach out immediately.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams or Dr. Austin Henley Due Date: June 2021

Various DOE/DOD/etc Opportunities. The University of Tennesse, Knoxville has an extensive list of funding opportunities that fund postdoctoral research across various timelines and capacities. Each application also varies in its due date and application requirements. The list of opportunities can be found here. Please contact Dr. Williams or Dr. Henley if you are interested in pursuing an externally-funded fellowship.

Contact: Dr. Alex Williams or Dr. Austin Henley Due Date: Varies