Assistant Research Professor, Computational Simulation of Social Behavior

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Orlando)
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science

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Assistant Research Professor, Computational Simulation of Social Behavior

Job Description:

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has an immediate opening for an assistant research professor position (non-tenure earning) in the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory of Dr. Ivan Garibay.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) provides an outstanding research environment and we are seeking a highly motivated researcher with training and expertise in agent-based modeling, neural networks, social network analysis, machine learning, data analytics, or computational social science. This position will be the technical project manager of the “Deep Agent” team and salary will be competitive. The team will conduct research as part of the DARPA’s “Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior” program, a network of DARPA-funded teams across the USA. 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 a particular focus on computational simulations of the spread and evolution of online information. These simulations will allow for a deeper, 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 consists of interdisciplinary faculty from various U.S. institutions, including UCF, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Florida Institute of Technology.

The Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) is an interdisciplinary research center at UCF dedicated to the study of complex, difficult to understand phenomena such as the social behavior, socio-cultural evolution, global economy and innovation ecosystems. CASL has research projects in agent-based economic and social systems modeling, complex adaptive systems, big data analytics, deep learning, social network analysis and STEM education, funded by DARPA, NSF, Amazon, and Microsoft among others. CASL is housed in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department (IEMS) and affiliated with the departments of Computer Science, Statistics, and the Institute for Simulation and Training.

UCF is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 66,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the United States. UCF secures more than $130 million in extramural funding each year and is ranked in the top 20 public universities for U.S. patents. Central Florida has been designated by the state as the national center for modeling and simulation. The National Center for Simulation (NCS), is headquartered in the Central Florida Research Park, home to the world’s largest cluster for computer simulation and modeling with more than 6 billion dollars of economic activity. NCS is part of the “Team Orlando” partnership between military organizations, the modeling and simulation industry, and academic institutions working together to leverage resources and contribute to the overall security of the United States. UCF’s research park also houses the Institute for Simulation and Training, an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing human-centered modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulation’s role in training and education.


AA-College of Engr/Comp Sci – Industrial Engineering & Management Systems

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Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) in computer science, statistics, computer engineering, machine learning, complex adaptive systems, data science, computational social science, or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with strong knowledge and experience in technical project management, agent-based modeling, machine learning methods, neural networks, or social science simulations, as well as excellent writing skills, as evidenced by multiple peer-reviewed publications, are preferred. Curiosity and passion for computer-driven problem solving, an ability to work both independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate are highly desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is funded by contracts and grants and is contingent upon available funding.

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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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