Research Scientist, Machine Assisted Cognition

Toyota Research Institute, Los Altos, CA

Innovatingthe Future of Mobility

Duration: Full-Time

At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re working to build a future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage, and explore with a focus on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Join us in our mission to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, we’ll help…

- Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the actions of the driver.
- Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility.
- Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.
- Discover new materials that will make batteries and hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful.
- Develop human-centered AI systems to augment (not replace) human decision making to increase the quality of decisions (e.g. mitigate cognitive biases) and/or to facilitate faster innovation cycles.

Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in both what we research and how we perform our research our goal is to benefit society. As a subsidiary of Toyota, TRI is fueled by a diverse and inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries PhD degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent ‒ people who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us!

We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun environment with forward-thinking people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI if you’re interested in transforming mobility through designing technology for safer cars, enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources. Start your impossible with us.

TRI’s Machine Assisted Cognition (MAC) team is developing AI systems to augment (not replace) human decision making. In particular, MAC is advancing the intersection between behavioral science, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and causal inference to enhance human decision making. MAC will achieve this through simultaneously:

1) Conducting experiments on the mechanisms underlying decision making to build predictive models of human behavior, and
2) Conducting research on understanding those decisions, including new ways to engage and interact with those models, and investigating the nature of understanding information uncovered in our models.


  • Collaborate cross-functionally with specialists in multiple fields, as well as university partners to research and develop novel ways to demonstrate AI to augment human decision making. Some potential research and development areas may include:
  • Increasing quality of predictions, judgments, and decisions by creating new behavioral insights and computational models
  • 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.
  • Insights or tooling into how people can better understand human decision making (driven by models) and explainable AI (XAI)
  • Applying machine learning or reinforcement learning to model human behavioral data in ways consistent with human cognition
  • Conduct groundbreaking research at the intersection of behavioral science, AI, HCI as it relates to decision making resulting in peer-reviewed publications and/or patents
  • Co-define research projects and inform the strategy behind the research agenda of the Machine Assisted Cognition team


  • Degree in Psychology, Behavioral Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Sciences, or equivalent. Ph.D. preferred.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research in these areas
  • Strong research background, including top-tier peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience in use-inspired basic research and/or applying academic research in an industry setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Great teammate.
  • Appetite to learn across functions.
  • Ability to lead cross-functional projects.
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About Toyota Research Institute

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is building a new approach to mobility and pioneering the technologies that will drive its future. TRI is applying artificial intelligence to help Toyota produce cars in the future that are safer, more accessible and more environmentally friendly. We are expanding artificial intelligence technology into new applications by strengthening and refining the interaction between human and machine. A summary of Toyota’s work on automated driving, including the philosophy that guides its approach to the technology, its ongoing research programs, and its near-term product plans can be seen at automatedtoyota.com.

TRI is dedicated to creating a world where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can partner with machines to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, our goal is to someday develop a vehicle that is incapable of causing a crash. We are also working to develop vehicles and robots that could help people enjoy new levels of independence and mobility in their daily lives.

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