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Postdoctoral Associate, Computational Simulation of Social Behavior

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Position Number 20412
Class Title Postdoctoral Associate, Computational Simulation of Social Behavior
Administrative Title No Administrative Function
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 “Deep Agent” project team. This team will conduct research as part of the DARPA “Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior” 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.


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

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

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FTE 1.0-Full-Time
Requisition Number 701234
Job Open Date 03/09/2018
Job Close Date
Open until filled Yes
Division Academic Affairs
College/Area College of Engineering and Computer Science (ENGR)
Department ENGR-Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
Annual Salary Negotiable
Type of Appointment Postdoctoral
Job Category Postdoctoral
Work Location Orlando (Main)
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