Category: Employment and Career

Human-Robot Interaction Lab Seeking Research Assistants


Assistant Professor Michael Walker, Computer Science, is recruiting graduate and undergraduate research assistants for the Human-Robot Interaction Lab, which will open in fall 2024.

  • Applicants are expected to have strong foundational knowledge in computer science.
  • Prior experience in robotics is preferred, although not necessary if the student has a strong passion for applying concepts from human-centered computing to robot platforms and systems.
  • Robotics is a multi-disciplinary field so students with skill sets from backgrounds including (but not limited to) engineering, networks, systems, human-computer interaction, graphics, design, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, etc. are encouraged to apply.

Dr. Walker’s primary research focus is on human-robot interaction (HRI) with a goal to increase the frequency and effectiveness of mixed human-robot teams in real-world settings. His work has explored the design of immersive mixed and virtual reality interfaces that enhance human-robot teaming in collocated and remote settings for structured indoor environments and unstructured outdoor environments. He is interested in robotic technologies for a variety of domains including households, manufacturing, education, disaster response, and space exploration. Other research topics of interest include human-computer interaction, user-centered design, human-centered computing, telepresence, teleoperation, artificial intelligence, and extended reality.

To apply, please contact Dr. Michael Walker at miwalker@mtu.edu.

Pre-proposals for Fall 2024 CSCHF Graduate Assistantships Accepted


Pre-proposals for Fall 2024 CSCHF Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4pm, May 21, 2024 to the Graduate School. Students who best meet the foundation’s criteria will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due on June 25, 2024.  Instructions on the pre-proposal, full application, and evaluation process are found online. Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student conducting a research or outreach project that will promote and/or improve the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities.
  2. Must be 2 years after starting the graduate program at the time of application.
  3. Must not be a prior recipient of a PHF or CSCHF Graduate Assistantship.
  4. Preference will be given to applicants with long-standing local connections to Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon county.

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be a catalyst for promoting and improving the overall health of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon communities through one of the following:

  • health research and technology development
  • health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • rural healthcare access, informatics, and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a CSCHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a CSCHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.

Fall 2024 CSCHF Graduate Assistantship Nominations Open


Pre-proposals for Fall 2024 Copper Shores Community Health Foundation (CSCHF) Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. May 21 to the Graduate School. Students who best meet the foundation’s criteria will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due on June 25. Instructions on the pre-proposal and information about the full application and evaluation process are found online.