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Position Number:90829
Title:Research Technician, Terrain Database Developer
Job Category:OPS Staff (Full-time)
Location: Orlando
Closing date: June 15, 2017
Salary:$16 per hour (Negotiable)

The Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida seeks technical support to conduct simulation and training technologies research. This position requires an individual with a degree related to Geospatial Technologies or currently in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree (Junior/Senior level). This position requires a motivated researcher who will work both independently and as member of a team to design, develop, modify, test document and maintain simulation software products.

Minimum Qualifications:
A high school diploma and three years of appropriate experience. Appropriate vocational/technical/manufacturers training may substitute for two years of the required experience. If minimum requirements of the position do not require post high school education, an applicant is not required to provide the information on the application.

Bachelor’s degree related to Geospatial Technologies or currently in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Experience or education in at least two of the following areas is desired:
• VBS (2/3) terrain development and scripting.
• 3D modeling tools such as Visitor, Land Builder, Creator, Blender, 3D Studio Max, Terra Vista, and GlobalMapper.
• 3D game engine modeling formats.
• OpenFlight file format and visual database correlation.
Experience or education preferred in any of the following:
• Geospatial data processing algorithms
• Cartography
• Army simulation systems such as OneSAF, RUGUD and 3D visualization systems.

Veterans’ Preference:
Preference will be given to eligible veterans and their eligible spouses in accordance with Chapter 295 of the Florida Statutes. Applicants claiming preference are responsible for providing required documentation by the closing date of the position. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit

Special Conditions:
This position is an hourly full-time temporary position with potential for longer term or permanent employment with limited benefit. State Benefits eligibility for OPS employees are subject to criteria established by the State of Florida. The state’s benefits administrator, People First, determines eligibility and coordinates enrollment. If this position becomes eligible for state benefits the employee will be notified directly by People First. The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

How to Apply
Apply online using this link: Submit resume/vita and letter of interest at time of application.

Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Location: Orlando

This position is a graduate research assistantship. Graduate research assistantships provide students with one-on-one mentoring with research faculty, as well as an opportunity to gain experience in your field of research.

•Assist in the design of research studies and experiments
• Conduct experimental sessions with human subjects
• Organize, process, and statistically analyze data
• Conduct literature reviews
• Contribute to publications, conference submissions, and presentations
• Support tasking (making flyers, promotional materials, filling out paperwork, filing, coding, etc.)
• Support IRB documentation and approval process
• Assist with proposal writing
• Assist with the administration of research studies

Minimum Qualifications:
•Overall GPA at least 3.0
• Excellent time management and communication skills
• Must be able to work independently and within a team setting
• Must take initiative and be enthusiastic about engaging in research

Desired Qualifications:
• Coursework in a relevant field including psychology, biology, anatomy and physiology, digital
media, and/or industrial engineering
• Statistical analysis experience
• Previous research experience
• Exposure to physiological sensor data collection
• Technical writing abilities

About this Lab:
Prodigy is a laboratory of the Institute for Simulation and Training that focuses on assessing, understanding, explaining, predicting, and improving human performance. Prodigy uses the latest methods for realizing these aims including a broad suite of psychophysiological measurements and simulation platforms. Prodigy works with various organizations including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Army Research Laboratory, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Florida Department of Transportation, and others.

To Apply:
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Martin Goodwin at

Jobs at UCF
Positions are grouped according to job category which includes: Administrative & Professional (A&P), Faculty, Staff, Other Personal Services (OPS)and Pool Jobs. Apply online at for all IST positions.

A&P positions are non-faculty positions classified as exempt professional and managerial positions which do require at least a Bachelor's degree. Faculty positions are the professional instructional and/or academic administrative positions of the university. Staff positions are usually classified as non-exempt support positions which typically do not require a degree. OPS positions are temporary positions which may be either full- or part-time and are not eligible for benefits.

To apply for a position, applicants are required to complete the online application in its entirety including accurate information on previous employers along with supervisors' names and phone numbers for the last ten years of employment. Additional employment history may be added, if so desired. Cover letters/CVs, resumes and letters of reference may be attached with the online application but are not required unless indicated in the posting.

What is Simulation Research?
Computer-aided simulations are all around you. Using complex mathematical formulas—also known as algorithms—combined with sophisticated computer and mechanical devices, they teach pilots to fly, ground vehicle operators to drive and machine operators to control their machines. Other simulations create virtual worlds — computer-generated images that you can view on a monitor or through miniature, head-mounted displays that can immerse you in "cyberspace" (virtual reality) or mix real images with computer-generated animations (mixed reality). Still other simulations create situations that train people to solve problems, react as a team or work effectively under stress.

Because it's often too expensive, too dangerous, too inconvenient, too inefficient or impossible to do many things in real life, people use simulations to answer "what happens if I do this? " or "what if I build it this way?" questions.

Researching ways to make computer simulations work better and train people better is a primary focus of IST. The job requires computer scientists, psychologists, mathematicians, engineers, animators, storytellers and many others in related fields. (want more?)

About IST:
The Institute for Simulation & Training, a large research unit of the University of Central Florida, is an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing simulation technology and increasing the understanding of simulation’s role in training and education. Teams of faculty researchers work jointly with the military, industry and other academic institutions to develop simulation technologies and transfer the benefits of these technologies into areas as diverse as disaster preparedness, medicine, public education and entertainment. IST offers a flexible work environment to meet a variety of employee needs. The University of Central Florida offers a complete and diversified benefit package including Tuition Fee Waiver.

IST operates as eight distinct units.

Information Systems Technology develops and promulgates innovative ways, using Internet and other network-based technology, to store, exchange and disseminate information.

Interactive Realities conducts research and develops and applies modeling and simulation technologies to the specific needs of its government, academic and industry sponsors.

Human Systems Integration and Team Performance Research conducts research seeking better understanding of how people and technology interact with each other and with machinery in a training environment.

Advanced Performance Technology focuses on enhancing human performance through the best use of available and applicable technology.

Academic Programs organizes and participates in graduate and professional programs in modeling and simulation.

Media Convergence laboratories strive for experiential media innovation through interdisciplinary research and cross-industry applications of core multi-sensory simulation technology.

Technology Applications seeks ways to translate IST and university modeling and simulation research to military, government and industrial training use.

Business Services oversees administration, contract and grant coordination and other vital business operations of the institute.

For more information about IST, go here.

About UCF
The University of Central Florida is emerging as a major public institution of higher education with more than 59,000 students (Fall 2012), numerous graduate and Ph.D. programs and a vibrant Honors College that attracts some of the best undergraduate students in the nation. Multidisciplinary master’s and Ph.D. programs in modeling and simulation draw student and faculty talent from many disciplines. In addition to its reputation for simulation and training research, UCF is a significant contributor to such leading-edge research areas as lasers, optics and photonics, psychology and human factors, renewable energy sources, nanotechnology, biomolecular science, materials science and computing sciences. We could go on, but you can explore for yourself at the UCF main website.

Still haven't found the answers you want? Please contact the IST personnel office  or see UCF Human Resources for more information regarding employment opportunities at IST and the university.

UCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. As an agency of the State of Florida, the university makes all search records open to the public.

Link to IST home page

Institute for Simulation & Training
3100 Technology Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826

Latest update: May 22, 2017