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Position Number: 42219
Title: Associate In Simulation, Virtual World Technologies
Job Category: Full-time
Location: Orlando
Closing date: 10/26/2017
Salary: $90,000 to negotiable

The Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for the position of associate in simulation. Our current research, funded by the U.S. Army Research Labs (ARL), is primarily in support of ARL’s simulation and training technologies research.
The applicant will work both independently and as member of a team to support, design, develop, and test in areas concerning new and emerging immersive virtual environments and simulation systems for UCF/IST. Research includes evaluating the important factors for various learning/collaboration tasks and conducting studies into existing capabilities and shortfalls of current virtual world platforms as well as research areas concerning human computer interfaces.
Responsibilities include:
• Support multiple projects in an effective and timely manner.
• Develop functional application prototypes within a variety of game engine applications.
• Create user interface prototypes and final product for a variety of application areas.
• Lead computer software development.
• Supervise and train student and junior staff.
• Support program briefings, demonstrations, etc.
• Learn to operate and troubleshoot system prototypes as needed for research and demonstrations.
• Develop special media productions to support project and customer requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s Degree from an accredited institution and 3 years of related professional experience, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and 5 years of related professional experience. Degrees in computer science or digital media are preferred, but applicants from other academic disciplines that deal with modeling and simulation will be considered.

Strong applicants will have experience in at least four of the following areas: Microsoft Office tools including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project; significant experience or education in 3D modeling tools such as Softimage XSI, 3D Studio Max, Smith Micro Poser Pro, and virtual environment platforms; game engines such as Unity3D, VBS2/3, Unreal, and OpenSource game engines such as Ogre.

Special Conditions:
United States citizenship is required due to the nature of some of the research performed.
This is a full-time salaried position funded by contracts and grants (C&G) and is contingent upon available funding.

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, 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 Ms. Naya Ramirez, search committee coordinator, at

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

Position: Graphic Design Assistant
Job Category: Part Time (up to 20 hours/week maximum)
Location: Orlando
Closing date: 10/20/2017
The primary function of the position is to assist the IST Graphics Coordinator with disseminating information, website publications, and graphics. Ideally, this position requires someone with experience in one or more of these areas: graphic design; website management; photography; and writing. We are especially interested in students intending on pursuing a career that involves one or more of the above areas. This is a chance to gain professional experience while still a student.
Salary: $11 per hour

• Assisting with the following:
o Printing
o Graphic design
o Website updates
o Newsletter/Flyer creation
o Social media management
o Inventory

Desired Qualifications:
• Major relating to Digital Media/Graphics
• Junior or senior (class standing)
• 3.0 or higher GPA
• Knowledgeable in:
o Adobe Suite
o Microsoft Office
o CSS/Html/JavaScript
• Understanding of basic graphic design
• Strong writing skills
• Time management
• Self-motivation
• Creative problem solving
• Good physical condition (Ability to lift at least 30 lbs.)
• Understanding of basic photography

Percent of Time on Tasks:
Printing – 25%
Graphic design – 25%
Website updates – 20%
Newsletter/Flyer creation – 20%
Social media management – 5%
Inventory – 5%

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Special Requirements of Position:
Applicants must be enrolled in classes from an accredited Institution. Applicants must provide a portfolio link with resume.

Special Conditions:
Legal authorization to work in the United States for the duration of employment.

To Apply:
To apply, please send a resume/CV and portfolio link to Jessica Compton at

Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Location: Orlando
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.
Salary: $12 to $16 per hour

• Conduct training needs and task analyses
• Assist in the assessment of training systems and technologies
• 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 IRB documentation and approval process

Minimum Qualifications:
• Overall GPA at least 3.2
• Excellent time management and communication skills
• Must be able to work independently and within a team setting
• U.S. Citizenship

Desired Qualifications:
• Coursework in a relevant field including instructional design, psychology, digital media, and/or industrial engineering
• Familiarity with training evaluation approaches
• Previous research and statistical analysis 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 employs a broad suite of psychophysiological measures, analytical tools, and simulation platforms to advance the scientific understanding of complex human-systems and inform the design of emerging technologies. Prodigy works with organizations, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Army Research Laboratory, and the Florida Department of Transportation, to investigate human performance in a variety of domains.

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: October 13, 2017