Future Member

A number of projects aiming to develop multimodal virtual reality training for fire preparedness, autonomous vehicle standards for human-system cooperation in driving, and building multiple interactive driving simulator environments are currently available in the laboratory. Postdoctoral researchers, research higher degree (PhD or Masters), honors and undergraduate students are welcome to join our group.

Masters and Undergradauate Honours Thesis

The student should have a good understanding of iterative product development – with experience in the fields of usability, design, or evaluation being a distinct advantage. They will need to demonstrate adaptability to the multidisciplinary nature of the projects. Masters and Honors students are encouraged to contact Dr. Castro to express their interest.


PhD opportunities are available each year. The MIST PhD in Management of Complex Systems (MCS) is designed to educate a new generation of management scholars with depth in analytical methods and a focus on complexity as the driving force behind issues in management of human-technology systems and in management of coupled human-natural systems.

The program draws upon the multidisciplinary composition of MIST faculty and the interdisciplinary spirit of UC Merced to deliver a distinctive educational experience – one that provides students the flexibility to cross-breed coursework and mentorship with other domains of engineering, science, and social science. Likewise, the program does not require prospective students to have any particular undergraduate degree.

Key criteria

The students should have strong academic track record (including research and write-up) with demonstrable research experience. The student’s research and academic background might be in one or more of management science and engineering, cognitive science/psychology, design, computer science and engineering, and related multidisciplinary applied fields.

Postdoctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral research fellow with strong research and publication records is encouraged to directly contact Dr. Castro to express their interest.

Key criteria

PhD in Management Science and Engineering, Cognitive Science/Psychology, Computer Science and engineering, Design or a related discipline in applied sciences are required along with evidence of prior productivity and high-impact publications.