Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Anticipated starting salary is approximately $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
Posted
Jul 18, 2019
Closes
Sep 01, 2019
Ref
FAC7720
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
"Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation

The George Mason University, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS), in the College of Science invites application for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position beginning August 1st, 2019. The project, which is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is jointly conducted by Andreas Züfle, Dieter Pfoser, and Andrew Crooks at GMU, and by Carola Wenk at Tulane. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities: The primary job responsibilities of this position consist of the design, development and refinement of an agent-based simulation framework of urban areas. For this purpose, we are using the existing Multiagent Simulation Toolkit (MASON) platform (written in Java) that has been developed at GMU. Using MASON, new agent logic will have to be implemented, thus creating agents that use socially plausible rules to traverse their simulated world, and to interact with other agents. This project has started in Spring 2018, and such a simulation has already been developed. A main responsibility will be to implement more complex agent logic efficiently, thus allowing more agents to make more complex decisions, find shortest paths between locations, and interact with their simulated world, at the same time. For this purpose, implemented algorithms will need to be highly parallelizable, thus allowing to scale simulation via distribution among computing clusters located at GMU and Tulane. The successful candidate will also supervise graduate-level research assistants, collaborate with fellow scholars, and promote the department's accomplishments through publications, presentations, and other public events.

Required Qualifications: * Ph.D. in computer science, modeling and simulation, or closely related field; * Experience with Agent-Based Modeling and social science simulation; * Excellent written communication skills demonstrated by prior publications; and * A track record that demonstrates the ability to work well with interdisciplinary research teams.

Preferred Qualifications: * Strong programming skills in Java. For more information about GGS, visit us on the web at http://cos.gmu.edu/ggs . For more information about the College of Science, visit http://cos.gmu.edu ."

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F209Az at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload (1) a cover letter , (2) an up-to-date curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of three to five professional references with their contact information, including e-mail addresses.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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