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Associate or Full Professor, Modeling, Simulation & Training

Job Category: Full-time
Location: Orlando
Opening date: 02/09/2018
Salary: Negotiable

Description: 
The Institute for Simulation & Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting applications for a faculty position within the Modeling, Simulation & Training (MS&T) graduate program, to begin in August 2018. This is a tenured 9-month faculty appointment to teach and conduct research. We are specifically seeking an individual who would serve as the MS&T graduate program director (initially for up to a 3-year term). While serving as graduate program director, the incumbent will have a reduced teaching load and receive a summer stipend.

About the Successful Candidate:
We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous research and scholarship, a record of external grant funding, and excellence in teaching (especially the training of graduate students) within topics relevant to MS&T. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in helping to strengthen the MS&T program and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. The successful candidate must have teaching and research experience and sufficient administrative experience to effectively assume leadership of the MS&T program. We especially encourage applicants to apply who are excited at the prospect of interdisciplinary research and teaching that integrates research or creative projects in diverse areas of inquiry. The successful candidate will have expertise that complements our existing programs and will continue to grow their own research program. We are interested in faculty whose work focuses on the intersection of humans with technical systems and social systems.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate their potential to obtain external funding to support their scholarship and to publish peer-reviewed works in high-impact research outlets. Candidates are expected to be excellent teachers and mentors to graduate students. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.
UCF is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Minorities, women, and individuals from other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates who conduct MS&T-relevant research studying topics related to diversity.

About Modeling, Simulation & Training at UCF:
Central Florida is the recognized world capital for MS&T, with between $4B and $5B in procurement contracts issued each year in this domain. A very significant amount of funded research supports new training technologies and techniques for these procurements. The Institute for Simulation & Training has a long record of success in MS&T research and graduate education. It is the largest and most diverse program of its kind in the nation. UCF is exceptionally well positioned to lead in this growing and critical profession by training educators, research professionals, and senior leadership. This is an opportunity to join IST and help guide the MS&T program.
IST is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally recognized for their cutting-edge research in MS&T. IST emphasizes collaborative interdisciplinary research, and has robust partnerships with a variety of schools, colleges, and departments at UCF, currently including Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Science, Nursing, Medicine, Philosophy, Digital Media, and History. Projects involving cross-disciplinary teams are actively pursued and encouraged within IST, across UCF, and with partners around the world.
The MS&T graduate program is currently a department of IST. Since inception, it has produced more than 350 M.S. and 100 Ph.D. graduates, with more than 100 students currently enrolled in the program. We expect the program to continue to grow and to diversify, to include additional disciplines. Efforts to establish a School of Modeling, Simulation & Training are currently underway.
IST supports the graduate program through student support and research opportunities appropriate for master’s and doctoral degrees. Additionally, many IST research faculty teach in the program, are active in its committees and in advising students, significantly augmenting the tenure-earning faculty. The MS&T curricula address both the theoretical and practical aspects of modeling, simulation, and training, and our alumni have achieved positions in academia, industry, and government. More information on the course offerings in the program can be found in the graduate catalog under Modeling and Simulation (www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu). Teaching loads are competitive with other research-oriented universities, with the expectation that the faculty engage in graduate student mentoring and advising while also engaging in a vibrant research program.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Ph.D. (or another research-focused terminal degree) from an accredited institution in Modeling and Simulation, Computer Science, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Engineering, or other field relevant to MS&T.
• A research specialization and active research program in MS&T or allied fields.
• Experience in teaching graduate courses in disciplines in, or allied with, the MS&T program.
In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank.

Preferences:
Preference will be given to candidates who have:
• A strong history of publication.
• A demonstrated history of obtaining competitive external funding.
• Experience in conducting and leading interdisciplinary teaching and research in MS&T.
• Record of experience in MS&T or closely related graduate education in an organizational role.
• A demonstrated commitment to equity efforts, outreach, and/or experience in promoting equal opportunity in higher education.

Special Conditions:
Internal Title: Modeling, Simulation & Training graduate program director.

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, http://www.jobswithucf.com. In addition to the online application, interested candidates must upload the following documents:
1. A cover letter;
2. A curriculum vitae;
3. A teaching statement;
4. A research statement;
5. A concise diversity statement;
6. The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers for three references who may be asked to provide a letter of recommendation as part of the search process.

• In your teaching statement (no more than 2 pages, 12-point Times New Roman), you should describe the degree to which you can contribute to the current core courses listed on the MS&T program, the general areas of the program, as well as propose new courses related to your area of expertise that could help to grow the MS&T program. You should also describe your experience in mentoring and educating graduate students in areas relevant to MS&T.
• In your research statement (no more than 2 pages, 12-point Times New Roman), you should specifically describe your current research program, funding you have received to support your research, and your plans for developing your research program in the context of MS&T.
• Your concise diversity statement (no more than 300 words) should address your commitment to equity efforts, outreach, and/or experience in promoting equal opportunity in higher education.
• The names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three references who may be requested to provide letters of recommendation which specifically address your research, teaching, and interdisciplinary qualifications.

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.
Additional questions may be addressed to Dr. Randall Shumaker (shumaker@ist.ucf.edu), Director, Institute for Simulation & Training, or Dr. Brian Goldiez (bgoldiez@ist.ucf.edu), Chair, Search Committee. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply
Apply online using this link: http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/52399. Submit resume/vita and letter of interest at time of application.

Faculty Administrator, or Associate or Full Professor, and Deputy Director (MS&T)

Job Category: Full-time
Location: Orlando
Opening date: 02/02/2018
Salary: Negotiable

Description: 
The Institute for Simulation & Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is accepting applications for a faculty administrator position within the IST program who will spend the majority of their effort serving as the deputy director of the institute with responsibility for leadership and management of the research program. The remainder of effort may be spent securing and leading in other research efforts within UCF.
Central Florida is the recognized world capital for modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T), with between $4B and $5B in procurement contracts issued each year in this domain. A very significant amount of funded research supports the new training technologies and techniques for these procurements. IST has a long record of success in MS&T research and graduate education. It is the largest and most diverse program of its kind in the nation.
The Institute for Simulation & Training is home to a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty internationally renowned for cutting-edge research in MS&T. IST emphasizes collaborative interdisciplinary research and has robust partnerships with a variety of schools, colleges, and departments at UCF, currently including Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Computer Science, Nursing, Medicine, Philosophy, Digital Media, and History. IST also has partnerships with other universities, government agencies, and companies.
This position is a 12-month, state-funded faculty appointment within IST. The selected candidate will serve as deputy director of the institute, lead sponsored research, and may teach within the MS&T graduate program. We welcome candidates whose professional experience or research emphasizes “Modeling, Simulation & Training”. Examples include, but are not limited to, cognitive science, mathematics, human factors, computer science/computer engineering, systems engineering, etc. We are seeking a candidate who can demonstrate a significant level of research administrative experience in order to effectively assume a leadership role within a very diverse research faculty and broad research portfolio. An appointment within the professoriate (i.e., tenured associate or full professor) at a level commensurate with credentials may also be considered with appropriate coordination with the tenure granting department.
The position reports to IST’s director and supports IST faculty and others to facilitate operations and guide research endeavors related to MS&T. The incumbent must be well versed in MS&T and management of research, particularly federally sponsored research. The incumbent is expected to seek his/her own research projects, as well as advise and guide graduate students in their research and graduate theses and dissertation pursuits. As a senior manager, the deputy director plays a leadership role in strategic initiatives and relationships within IST, UCF, and the broader MS&T community. Administrative functions will entail supervision of staff, preparation of reports, personnel matters, interfacing with UCF faculty and staff, and other related matters (e.g., committee participation, invited speaker, etc.). As deputy director, the incumbent will have substantial authority in management of the institute and authority to act on the director’s behalf as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: 
• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to MS&T.
• Highly qualified candidates with a terminal degree from an accredited institution may be appointed at an appropriate level in the professoriate (i.e., tenured associate or full professor). In order to obtain tenure, the selected candidate must have a demonstrated record of teaching, research and service commensurate with rank in a department/school related to the candidate’s area of expertise.
• The ability to demonstrate a significant level of research administrative experience in order to effectively assume a leadership role within a very diverse research faculty and broad research portfolio. 
• National recognition in MS&T in high impact venues (e.g., publications, committee participation, invited speaker, etc.).

Preferences:
• International recognition in MS&T (e.g., committee participation, invited speaker, etc.).
• Experience in identification of emerging MS&T trends and advances that offer the potential of changing the MS&T paradigm.
• Evidence of receiving sponsored support from a diverse set of sponsors.
• Participation in the advancement of MS&T as an academic pursuit.

Special Conditions:
Internal Title: Deputy Director

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, http://www.jobswithucf.com. In addition to the online application, interested candidates must upload the following documents:
1. A cover letter;
2. A recent CV documenting the applicant’s education, experience, publications and/or papers in progress, technical skills, and recognitions;
3. A statement of research interests that specifically describes your current research program and plans for developing that program in the context of MS&T.
4. A list of three individuals (including name and contact information) external to the university that the candidate may request to be contacted as a professional reference. Letters of recommendation may be also be required and should specifically address the interdisciplinary qualifications of the candidate.
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.
Additional questions may be addressed to Dr. Randall Shumaker (shumaker@ist.ucf.edu), Director, Institute for Simulation & Training, or Dr. Brian Goldiez (bgoldiez@ist.ucf.edu), Chair, Search Committee. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply
Apply online using this link: http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/52068. Submit resume/vita and letter of interest at time of application.

Postdoctoral Associate, Computational Social Simulation

Job Category: Full-time
Location: Orlando
Opening date: 01/26/2018
Salary: Negotiable

Description: 
The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in computational social simulation. The selected candidate will contribute to a multi-year, multi-institution team project to advance understanding and practice of online social simulation. The position is located at the UCF Institute for Simulation and Training. The selected candidate must have the ability to conduct independent research, write academic manuscripts, develop grant proposals and administer projects. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Job Description:
1. Conduct specific research projects under the direction of a principal investigator.
2. Support proposal development, manuscript writing, and related grant activities.
3. Develop computer programs and applications in support of experiments and research activities.

Minimum Qualifications: 
Earned Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, such as computational social sciences, computer science, information systems, computational simulation, computational statistics, modeling and simulation (M&S), or a closely related discipline from a U.S. accredited university or international equivalent. ABDs will be considered. Degree must be completed by the start of the appointment period.

Preferences:
1. Demonstrated record of high-quality, peer-reviewed academic publications.
2. Excellent skills, proficiency, and demonstrated experience in social network analysis, machine learning, statistical analysis, computer programming, and developing simulation applications.
3. Strong knowledge in social and behavioral disciplines.
4. Effective communication, collaboration, and organizational skills.
5. Experience and knowledge in simulation software tools.

Special Conditions:
U.S. citizenship and the ability to attain security clearance is required due to the nature of research performed.
This is a full-time, 12-month position supported by contracts and grants funding (C&G) and is contingent upon available funding.
This position involves some travel.

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, http://www.jobswithucf.com. In addition to the online application, interested candidates must upload the following documents:
1. A cover letter;
2. A recent CV documenting the applicant’s education, experience, publications and/or papers in progress, technical skills, and recognitions;
3. A professional statement of research interests and evidence of excellence;
4. A list with the names and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of at least three professional references.
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.
Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Wingyan Chung, Associate Professor, at wchung@ucf.edu.

How to Apply
Apply online using this link: http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/52148. Submit resume/vita and letter of interest at time of application.