May 22, 2018

Research Associateship Programs:  Theoretical Framework for Artificial Intelligence Assurance

Sponsor:      NAS/NIST

Deadline:     1-Aug-2018

Budget $:     Depends on project proposed

What:           Artificial intelligence (AI), enabled by machine learning and embedded in autonomous systems, must be developed and deployed with assurance to operate accurately, reliably, safely, and without bias. There is a critical need to advance theory and methodologies for providing assurance of AI technologies. We are particularly interested in leveraging inter-disciplinary approaches with complementary capabilities and strengths combining, among other things, intrinsic improvements to AI algorithms to provide explanation and support for decisions, scalable formal models and mathematical analysis for AI reasoning, and system safety engineering to support embedded AI. This research will help drive a rigorous scientific system-level testing capability at NIST essential to demonstrate emerging AI technology readiness and foster public trust.

Eligibility:     PostDoc & US citizen


Submitted by Kelly Jacoby, Office of Research


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Focus Groups

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is interested in learning more about different areas of the postdoc experience such as mentoring, professional development, and the work environment.  The purpose is to inform a future survey study on UF postdoc satisfaction perceptions. 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is conducting this focus group to inform institution-wide postdoctoral efforts. We need your input and want you to share your honest and open thoughts with us so that we can gather actionable data that helps us define the perceptions of postdoc satisfaction here at UF.

Three focus group sessions have been scheduled, with one online session for those not able to attend in person.

Tuesday, May 29th
3:30-4:30 p.m.
202 Tigert Hall
Wednesday, May 30th
8:30-9:30 a.m.
354 Tigert Hall
Friday, June 1st
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Zoom online meeting (link to be provided for those registered)

If you would like volunteer to participate, please email Cheryl Gater at

Participation is not required.  Each focus group is limited to 10 participants.

This project was approved as exempt by the IRB (IRB# IRB201800615).

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


CITT Flipped Classroom Training - June 21

The Center for Instructional Technology & Training (CITT) is offering flipped classroom training on Thursday, June 21. This in-person training provides a solid foundation of active learning techniques, including an introduction to problem-based and team-based learning strategies. Participants will work in groups to complete activities that model flipped classroom best practices that instructors from a variety of disciplines can implement.

The flipped classroom training will be held in the Testing and Active Learning Center (CSE E231) in the Computer Science and Engineering building. Visit the flipped classroom training page for more details and to register for this opportunity.

Submitted by Mark McCallister, UF Information Technology


Postdoc Editors Association

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the University of Florida’s Postdoctoral Editors Association (UF-PEA), a service to help postdocs who seek to improve English grammar and writing style. The UF-PEA is comprised of postdoc volunteers from multiple colleges across the University who will offer preliminary review of manuscripts, grant applications, posters, slides and other scholarly presentations. While this service will be most useful to postdocs who speak English as a second language, the service is free and open to all postdocs at UF. Our editors will provide feedback on structure and style of writing, but refrain from commenting on scholarship which is best honed by interactions between the postdoc and their mentor. UF-PEA will facilitate higher level postdoc-mentor interactions by reducing time spent on basic writing needs.

Find out more or submit a document for review at our website!

Submitted by Joseph McQuail, Postdoc Editors Association Editor-in-Chief


Postdoc HR Issues:

Insurance and Benefits: If you have questions about benefits enrollment or eligibility, please contact UF's Human Resource Services' Benefits Office at or (352) 392-2477.

Employee Issues: If you are experiencing an issue with your supervisor that is not resolved in your department and need assistance or guidance, please contact Mr. Brook Mercier in Employee Relations in UF's Human Resource Services.  Mr. Mercier can be reached at 392-1072 or

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Reminder: University of Florida Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn

Join this Facebook group for University of Florida postdocs as well as the LinkedIn group:

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Reminder: FREE Affiliate NPA Membership

If you would like to receive an invitation to join the National Postdoctoral Association or if your invitation has expired and you need to be sent a refreshed invitation, please contact Lily Lewis to receive an invitation.

More information.

Submitted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Florida

235 Tigert Hall
P. O. Box 113175‌
Gainesville, FL 32611