We anticipate two (2) open postdoc positions and one (1) open devops position for people with expertise in machine learning, cognitive science, or mathematics. Positions are related to development of Explainable AI under the DARPA program XAI. If you are interested in any of these positions, email Dr. Shafto a CV and a short description of your background and interests.

Prospective Postdocs

Are there open slots for postdocs?

Postdoc slots do open up. The schedule is often irregular and the hiring timeline is sometimes short. If you are interested, send an email to Dr. Shafto detailing your experience and why you are interested in joining the lab.

What kinds of background and skills are desirable?

The ideal background and skills vary by projects. In general, having a technical background, idealing including strong mathematics and programming experience is ideal. However, there are many instances where strong domain knowledge have been seen as a stronger asset in a candidate. Most importantly, we are interested in people who are interested and excited to do great work.

Prospective Grad Students

Is Dr. Shafto accepting grad student applicants?


In what department/program?

In Mathematics and Computer Science, we offer a unique course of study combining a strong emphasis in pure mathematics paired with advanced training in machine learning and modern AI. Students may also apply to join the lab through the graduate programs in Psychology, Business, and the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers Newark. Contact Dr. Shafto before applying!

What kind of research goes on in the lab?

Currently, we have research spanning machine learning, visual perception, cognitive science, education, and cognitive development. The research involves methods from probability theory, algorithmic learning, toplogical data analysis. These modeling tools are combined with behavioral methods from cogitive, vision, and developmental science. We use a variety of new technologies including our real-time modified reality methods. Developmental research is primarily done in collaboration with Liz Bonawitz’s Computational Cognitive Development lab here at Rutgers–Newark. Check out our recent papers for more information about recent research.

Prospective Research Assistants

Are you interested in getting involved with research? Our lab is currently seeking undergraduate-, post-baccalaureate- and masters-level Research Assistants for projects that span mathematics, computer science, and cognitive sciences as well as education and development.

What types of positions are available?

In the CoDaS Lab, we are interested in people who are interested in computational models of learning. This may be from a computer science, mathematics, physics, psychological or educational perspective.

What is the time commitment?

This varies by project, but in general, we expect a sizeable comittment from undergraduates (roughly 10 hours per week). We have found that this level of committment is necessary to ensure that students make adequate progress toward both their own learning and the project goals.

Are there any prerequisites to working in your lab?

We do not have any prerequisites to working in our lab, although it is helpful if you have some experience with computer programming.

What kinds of things would I be doing as a Research Assistant?

This depends on the project. Contact Dr. Shafto with your interests and a more detailed discussion can be arranged.

Also, does Dr. Shafto teach any cool courses?

Graduate level Introduction to data science will be offered in Fall of 2016.