The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for the Mellichamp Endowed Chair in Mind and Machine Intelligence. This is a tenured faculty position at the level of Associate or Full Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. The Mind and Machine Intelligence Initiative at UCSB is a joint cross-disciplinary effort by UC Santa Barbara academics to understand the capabilities of the human mind and artificial intelligence (AI), and to design AI that is centered around fruitful interactions with humans. It aims to bring together computational cognitive scientists studying the human mind, with computer scientists and engineers to work on innovative ways to advance the fields of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. The Mellichamp Faculty Cluster in Mind and Machine Intelligence is endowed by Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp who have generously supported several timely initiatives that have helped drive the impressive growth of UC Santa Barbara over the past 50+ years. The candidate will work with the cluster of Mellichamp Endowed Chairs across Psychological and Brain Sciences, Computer Science, and Engineering and contribute to the campus-wide initiative. Successful candidates will have an active program of research in computational approaches to high-level cognition, and bridge psychological/cognitive science models and contemporary approaches to artificial intelligence. Desired topics include learning, cognitive development, language, decision making and reasoning.

Applications received by June 7, 2021 will be given priority consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. To apply please visit:


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