Research Associate, UCF Safe and Smart Transportation Lab

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

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Research Associate, UCF Safe and Smart Transportation Lab

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Job Description:

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) has an opening for a research associate within the UCF Safe and Smart Transportation (UCF-SST) Lab, anticipated to begin in May 2021. The selected candidate for this position will be supervised by Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty. 


Duties of the research associate include, but are not limited to:

* Supporting the CECE department chair and his 25+ research team in their IT needs.

* Assisting with keeping the direct data connection that the team has with FDOT running smoothly, with no interruptions, by checking it daily and communicating with FDOT to trouble shoot and rectify any issue.

* Developing software/hardware for multi driving simulations.

* Supporting and assisting the UCF CECE SST team's software engineer. This includes ensuring that the computers, software , data backups, websites, etc. are running smoothly and without interruptions.

* FDOT traffic database maintenance, which includes C2C/ITSIQA historical data backup to the UCF workstation, and real-time FDOT traffic sensor data collected for the research team.

* Supporting the team in data collection and archiving issues.

* Assisting in assembling driving simulators, investigating the best PCs to buy for a project, software needs, and other miscellaneous needs of the team.

* Developing multi driving simulator functions such as user car controller, environmental pedestrian controller, environmental car controller, connected vehicle algorithm, real-time driver data aggregation, network data transmission, and traffic signal/countermeasure controller. 

* Developing driving simulations using the Unity software along with Mirror/UNet.

* Responsibility for the back end of a safety visualization system. This also includes the responsibility to maintain and upgrade the system. The back-end developer will be responsible for the server-side developing, database building, data aggregating/filtering, algorithm design, and software developing.


AA-College of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

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Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree from an accredited institution with a demonstrated record of academic research achievement, or professional qualifications in the field of specialization above those which would be equivalent to the highest degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants should have knowledge of Unity, such as familiarity with Mirror/UNet, experience with scripting, textures, animation, GUI styles, game physics, optimizing memory, and space usage.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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


This is a repost position. Previous applicants are still being considered and do not need to reapply.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted online through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, candidates should also submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vita or resume, 3) copies of all academic transcripts, and 4) a summary of past research projects. (Please specify your involvement and contribution in each project.)


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.


For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, professor and department chair, at or 407-823-2841.

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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