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Postdoctoral Position Available at Tufts University September 19, 2017
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Tufts Information and Networked Systems (TINS) lab in collaboration with the recently established Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CABCS) at Tufts University and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center at Natick, MA. This appointment would be for 12-18 months with an estimated start date of October 2017.
The primary project is entitled “Real time prediction of individual and team performance metric from neurophysiological measurements and team interaction data.” Under this project, the fellow will work with Tufts ECE faculty, Dr. Shuchin Aeron and Dr. Eric Miller, as well as CABCS scientists to develop supervised and semi-supervised machine learning algorithms that are capable of predicting cognitive state (e.g., stress level and alertness) and task performance metrics (e.g., target identification and marksmanship) from a wide assortment of physiological sensor data (both labeled and unlabeled) including information collected continuously as a function of time (EEG, FNIRS, Heart Rate) as well as data at a relatively few points in time before, during, and after a specific task (saliva and urine samples). In addition to assessing individuals, data will be collected to support the characterization of team and intergroup dynamics. We anticipate the effort will require the use of several classical as well as recent developments in machine learning and in particular recursive neural networks, manifold learning, and social network analysis.
While previous experience in theoretical and applied machine learning would be ideal, we welcome applicants with significant experience in related fields including information theory, statistical signal processing, sparse signal or image processing, compressive sensing, and distributed convex optimization.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their research interests and career goals, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Shuchin Aeron (firstname.lastname@example.org).Read More
Job Opportunities at ALERT December 19, 2016
The ALERT DHS Center of Excellence at Northeastern University is currently seeking to fill the following job positions:
Provide general administrative office support and manage the front desk operations for the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing & Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS), ALERT and its affiliates. Greet and assist visitors, answer telephones, respond to inquiries as appropriate. Track and order supplies, maintain filing systems, manage the office calendars and room/equipment reservations, assist with special projects and perform other related duties as assigned. Assist in maintaining Center databases, updating center outputs and personnel lists for annual and periodic reporting requirements, maintain distribution listservs, prepare minutes and correspondence, order supplies and catering, and process travel arrangements. Provide administrative support for the Center Directors, Gordon Center faculty and staff.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Performs research in video analytics, with focus in activity recognition and human re-identification. Assists the supervisor in the interpretation and publication of results and grants. Maintains the laboratory and may exercise functional supervision over supporting research staff. Primary responsibility is ensuring that the research is complete. The appointment generally does not extend beyond two years.
Web Applications Developer
The Web Applications Programmer designs, codes, tests and deploys applications, systems, and new technologies that facilitate and expand the ability of administrative staff, faculty and researchers of Gordon-CenSSIS, ALERT and affiliates to enter, process and access research and administrative data. Application needs include web-based collection and reporting systems for funders, collaborative web-based workspaces for staff and researchers, dynamic access and processing of center and research data, event registration and processing. Existing applications require in-depth knowledge of ASP.NET. All database implementation work will be done on MSSQL.
Senior Grants Administrator
The Awareness & Localization of Explosive Related Threats Center (ALERT) is seeking a Senior Grant Administrator who will perform work activities in a fast pasted, complex, detailed and multifaceted environment. Responsibilities include ownership and management of multiple complex grants and operating accounts that require accurate and sophisticated interpretation of university, state and federal guidelines. The incumbent provides information that ensures accurate administration of pre-award, post-award, and close-out activities.
This position will assist with pre-award grant submissions and will independently manage post-award grant administration. The responsibilities for this position include participating with preparation of grant applications and progress reports, preparation and execution of sub-awards and contracts, account set-up, expenditure tracking, account reconciliation, revenue and expense projections, purchasing, invoice processing, expenditure reimbursements, prepare all required DHS financial reports, provide monthly reports of the Centers’ expenditures, as well as work closely with all of the Centers’ Directors and faculty to manage and track expenses, monitor accounts for accuracy of charges, identify and manage deadlines, prepare Payroll Distribution Change forms and journal entries when needed.
Job Opportunity at BTI Institute December 9, 2016
The Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at University of Houston, is looking to hire a new Communications Coordinator. The position includes coordinating communications activities in support of a university program, including, but not limited to, publications, newsletters, annual reports, web site, and informational and solicitation materials. The job is located in Houston, TX.
For more information, view the job posting here.
Job Opportunity at Analog Devices December 2, 2016
ALERT Industrial Member, Analog Devices is looking to fill an Electrical Design Engineer position.
Electrical Design Engineer (New Graduate) Job Reference Number: 161791
Seeking a highly motivated entry-level Electrical Design Engineer responsible for Digital/Analog Electronics, FPGA and Microprocessor design with emphasis on high-speed data conversion. Work closely with internal team members to design control systems pertaining to Microwave and Millimeter Wave development programs covering a range of commercial, military, and aerospace applications. Create and release engineering documents and provide technical support to sales and customers.
Principal Job responsibilities will include:
- Design of analog/digital circuits utilizing FPGA, Embedded Processors, high-speed data converters and DDR memory.
- Design DC Power conditioning, management, and sequencing circuits.
- FPGA coding utilizing VHDL/Verilog HDL implementing custom control interfaces, DSP algorithms, and memory interfaces. Test-bench generation, simulation, compilation and timing closure.
- Work closely with PCB designers to specify PCB design rules, component placement, and power plane distribution. Perform PCB signal integrity, crosstalk, and timing analysis.
- Analog/Digital circuit simulation.
- Hardware test, debug, and validation.
- Recent Graduate, BSEE, MSEE preferred.
- Familiarity with FPGA/CPLD programming and design application, Verilog/VHDL
- Knowledge of Embedded processor code development preferred, C/C++
- Experience with Modelsim, DxDesigner, Xilinx ISE/Vivado, or Mentor CAD tools a plus.
- Candidate must have good communication skills.
- S. Citizenship Required.
For positions requiring access to technical data, Analog Devices, Inc. may have to obtain export licensing approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security and/or the U.S. Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. As such, applicants for this position – except US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, and protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) – may have to go through an export licensing review process.
Analog Devices, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability
The DHS 2017 Summer HS-STEM Internship Program November 1, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security 2017 HS-STEM Internship Program is now accepting applications until December 7, 2016. This program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs, and runs for 10-weeks during the summer. It is geared towards students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.
For more information, please visit: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships
ASPIRE: Linking Students to Great Opportunities April 29, 2016
The fifth Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) was held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at Northeastern University in Boston. It successfully brought together ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS industrial partners, government stakeholders and current students of all levels involved in center research in order to build strong collaborations and provide networking opportunities for all participants. This year’s ASPIRE included students from 5 academic partner institutions and representatives from 10 industrial and government collaborators.
ASPIRE is part of the ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS ongoing efforts to create robust partnerships within our industrial base and government stakeholders, while also giving our students the opportunity to network as they transition through academia and into the Homeland Security Enterprise.
The event is coordinated and led by our Industrial and Government Liaison Officer, Emel Bulat. The agenda includes industry and government presentations, followed by 2-minute presentations made by students. In the afternoon, representatives from industry and government meet face-to-face with students, as well as with each other, during a two-hour networking session, in conjunction with the student poster session.
We look forward to holding our next ASPIRE in the spring of 2017!
DHS I&A Internship Program Announcement October 28, 2015
Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
Fall 2013 ASPIRE – Nov. 19th November 8, 2013
The Fall 2013 ASPIRE (Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event) will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at Northeastern University in the Ballroom in the Curry Student Center. ASPIRE is hosted by The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) and the ALERT(Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) Center of Excellence. ASPIRE provides an optimum setting for dialog among members of the academic, industrial and government communities and is intended to provide networking opportunities for ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS students looking for internships, co-op opportunities and full-time jobs.
The topic for this November’s event will be “Graduating STEM Students or the Lack Thereof.” In the coming decade, many Baby Boomers will retire leaving industry scrambling to replace technical expertise in the US workforce. We would like to discuss this crisis and jointly consider possible solutions.
Three Panel Discussions
With this in mind, we will host three panel discussions led by faculty moderators to obtain the perspectives of the following key stakeholder groups:
- Graduate Students
- K-14 Pre-College Community
Industrial Members Posters
Following the panel discussions, our ALERT Industrial members will be presenting posters during a networking session focused on their upcoming human resource needs, future product or company development plans and exciting employment opportunities within their companies.
Key topics for discussion will include:
Why are large numbers of Americans not continuing their quest for higher education in STEM fields?
– Cost of education?
– Career Earnings & Compensation packages?
– Competing professions where compensation/reward vs education level is more attractive?
What issues do International students face during their education and upon graduation that make it difficult to use their degrees in the US?
What are the needs of our member companies in terms of workforce development and what educational or recruitment efforts can help with these needs?
How can Industry and Academia work together to attract talented students into STEM fields and provide them with viable career opportunities?
Operations Analyst Opportunity at DHS Science and Technology Directorate July 17, 2013
This position is located in the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The mission of the S&T Directorate is to develop and deliver effective and sustainable technologies and systems to anticipate, prevent, defeat and mitigate catastrophic terrorist attacks and to enhance conventional mission capabilities of other DHS operational areas. This mission is accomplished through research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT & E) programs and timely deployments of new technologies and systems.
- The S&T Directorate is looking for this position is to provide a program manager and senior operations analyst for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism risk assessment projects.
- Works within an Integrated Project Team (IPT) process to engage DHS Customers and users to understand their operational needs and define requirements for new technology solutions.
- Prepares and maintains project execution plans and documentation, including technology development and implementation plans, Gantt charts, and budget expenditure plans, for each assigned project.
- Prepares Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and other appropriate acquisition vehicles, that provide full and open competition for R&D efforts from a wide community of performers to address DHS customer capability gaps and other requirements.
Point of Contact:
Office of University Programs
Science & Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
United States Secret Service Seeking Eligible Students with Chemistry Backgrounds May 23, 2013
The United States Secret Service would like to fund a COE, using the BOA, to support their Dynamic Ink Aging project. This project involves performing a series of experiments to determine the optimized parameters for assessing the age of ballpoint writing ink.
They are looking for two students who are citizens of the United States, chemistry majors and are able to obtain a security clearance or already have a clearance. Students have the option to either work on-site in Washington D.C. in the USSS Forensic Lab or off-site in their own university labs. If the students work off-site they must have access to a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) and a thermal desorption unit (TDU). It is anticipated that the length of the project will be one year.
If interested, please send a resume, bio, and a list of chemistry courses to: