Assistant Research Professor, Computational Simulation of Social Behavior

Orlando, Florida
Competitive Salary
September 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) has an immediate opening for an assistant research professor position 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 highly motivated researchers 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 part of the “Deep Agent” team and the 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.

All applicants for this position are required to complete the application on the UCF web site:

In addition to the application, candidates must also submit the following:

1.            A signed cover letter;

2.            A complete curriculum vitae;

3.            A maximum two-page statement outlining research vision and teaching interests;

4.            A list of at least three (3) professional references complete with address, phone number, and email address.

 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 later.

 Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

 Candidates may direct inquiries regarding the position to

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.