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Postdoctoral Associate Computational Simulation of Social Behavior

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University of Central Florida

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Job Description The College of Engineering and Computer Science has an immediate opening for a 2-year, full-time postdoctoral fellow position in the laboratory of Dr. Ivan Garibay. The University of Central Florida (UCF) provides an outstanding research environment and we are seeking highly motivated and independent postdoctoral associates with training and expertise in agent-based modeling, neural networks, social network analysis, machine learning, or data analytics. This position will be part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded \u201cDeep Agent\u201d project team. This team will conduct research as part of the DARPA \u201cComputational Simulation of Online Social Behavior\u201d program, a network of DARPA-funded teams across the United States. The Deep Agent 4-year project seeks to create state-of-the-art agent-based models of human behavior considering emotional, social, and rational agent architectures with particular focus on computational simulations of the spread and evolution of online information. These simulations will allow a deeper, more quantitative understanding of our global online information environment, including a better understanding of phenomena such as cascades, recurrence, gatekeepers, and persistent minorities. The Deep Agent team consist of interdisciplinary faculty from various U.S. institutions, including UCF, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Florida Institute of Technology. The project involves becoming an expert on state-of-the art techniques, many of which are being promoted by defense agencies and rapidly adopted by communication experts worldwide. Training and mentorship from senior faculty will be provided with multiple opportunities to co-author high-quality publications in an interdisciplinary research environment. Mentorship and training will be provided in grant writing with multiple opportunities to serve as co-principal investigator in federal grant proposals. If desired, teaching opportunities could be also made available via the Master of Science in Data Analytics program directed by Dr. Garibay. Also, there will be collaborative projects with other experts in the area of deep learning and data analytics at UCF and partner institutions Position Minimum Qualifications Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, computer engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Preferences Candidates with strong knowledge and experience in FLAME-GPU, agent-based modeling, computational social sciences, machine learning, neural networks; and excellent writing skills, as evidenced by multiple peer-reviewed publications, are preferred. Curiosity and a passion for computer science, and an ability and desire to work independently, but also be part of a cooperative, productive team are highly desirable. Special Conditions This position is funded by contracts and grants and is contingent upon available funding. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer As an equal opportunity\/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. Additional Application Materials Required UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested applicants must submit the following documents at the time of application: (1) a signed cover letter; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a list of at least three (3) professional references which includes addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Open until filled Yes Department ENGR-Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Type of Appointment Postdoctoral Job Category Postdoctoral

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The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to 63,000 students, offering 210 degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional locations. Best Colleges - U.S. News & World Report rankings ranked UCF as Most Innovative 2016UCF was ranked as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative” universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide rankings. Last year, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education. The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity and community engagement. UCF, Florida’s largest university, promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. Students come from 50 states and 148 countries. Study abroad programs allow students to study and conduct research with 98 institutions in 36 countries. Students at UCF have been recognized throughout the world and include recipients of the Rhodes, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships. In 2014, UCF enrolled 79 freshman National Merit Scholars for an overall enrollment of 275 National Merit Scholars. Both school records. Last year, UCF enrolled more National Merit Scholars and awarded more degrees than any other Florida university. UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media.

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