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Senior Behavioral Scientist/Staff Behavioral Scientist, Machine Assisted Cognition
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Senior Behavioral Scientist / Staff Behavioral Scientist, Machine Assisted Cognition

At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in human-centric AI, energy and materials, machine learning, and robotics.

TRI’s Machine Assisted Cognition team is developing AI systems to augment (not replace) human decision-making. In particular, we are interested in advancing the intersection between behavioral science, machine learning, and causal inference to increase the quality of human decisions (e.g. mitigate cognitive biases) to enable decisions that improve collective well-being.

We are looking for a Senior Behavioral Scientist/Staff Behavioral Scientist to join this exciting new endeavor to collaborate across subject areas, including machine learning and human-computer interaction.


Collaborate cross-functionally with software engineers, machine learning and causal inference experts, designers, user researchers and university partners to develop and build novel technology to enable decisions that improve collective well-being.

Some potential research and development areas may include: Increasing the quality of predictions, judgments, and decisions by (a) reducing/neutralizing cognitive biases, (b) promoting compassion (c) ensuring ethics.

Speeding up predictions, judgments, and decisions.

Scaling up to more complex cognitive tasks and larger groups while countering the tendency of groups to be risk-averse.

Co-define the vision and strategy of the branch of the behavioral science of the machine-assisted cognition team with the organization's leadership. 


Degree in Psychology, Behavioral Economics or related field. PhD preferred.

Experience applying behavioral science principles in an industry setting.

Advanced knowledge of statistics, preferably passionate about causality.

Strong interpersonal skills. great teammate.

Appetite to learn across functions.

Expertise in coding and working knowledge in machine learning capabilities is a plus.

Ability to lead multi-functional projects.

Expertise in social psychology is a plus.

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Alex Putman
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