Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Systems Engineering

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jul 22, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Full Time
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Systems Engineering

The George Mason University Center of Excellence in C4I and Cyber (C4I and Cyber Center), within the Volgenau School of Engineering, invites applications for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow position. This position will conduct research that investigates the applicability of systems engineering, operations research, and cyber security techniques to the design of mission-critical architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems. Research interests should involve, but are not limited to, the Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), applied formal methods, cyber security, systems assurance, performing test, evaluation, verification and validation for algorithms, data sets, and methodologies in large-scale complex system and socio-technical system environments. 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 candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team developing novel techniques for cyber security, command and control, and complex systems development, analysis, and evaluation. Specific responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

* Research and development of architectures for mission-critical cyber-physical systems; * Research integration of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, 5G etc., with human-centered design in complex and socio-technical systems; * Development and application of advanced methods for model-based systems engineering and simulation-based design, test, and evaluation of complex systems; and * Design experiments, conduct research, and prepare manuscripts for publication in leading journals and peer-reviewed academic conferences.

Required Qualifications: * Applicants for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow position must have received a Ph.D. in Information Technology, Systems Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field by the start date of the position; * Candidates must possess, have experience in, and be able to demonstrate strong skills in systems engineering concepts such as system architecture development, analysis, and/or evaluation; and * Candidates must possess the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Preferred Qualifications: * Have publications in academic, peer-reviewed venues in the areas of complex systems, model-based systems engineering, mission-critical systems, and/or closely related fields; * Have experience in developing software using DevOps tools such as JIRA and Confluence; * Have experience in developing simulations of complex systems and generating large-data sets for analysis and evaluation; * Have experience in developing advanced algorithms for decision support systems and/or human-machine teaming; and * Have expertise in one or more of the following areas: ** Ontologies and/or probabilistic ontologies (PR-OWL); ** AADL, MATLAB; ** SysML, RDF/OWL, SPARQL, or similar; ** Object-oriented programming; ** Agent-based modeling/Discrete-event Simulations; and ** Machine Learning Algorithms.

About the Department / About Us:

The C4I and Cyber Center at George Mason University is the nation's first and only civilian university-based entity offering a comprehensive academic and research program in military applications of information technology and cyber security. The Center's mission is to perform advanced research in defense, intelligence, and security-related applications in IT and Cyber; bridging cultural gaps and aligning requirements between government, industry, and academia. It serves as a multi-disciplinary hub connecting faculty and researchers wanting to work on areas related to the Center's mission and be widely recognized as a premier source of knowledge and innovation to military and civilian authorities.

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. The school boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university is the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDEA), a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas. We also expect multiple joint faculty positions funded by Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program.

"For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number F620AZ; and attach a cover letter, CV, list of three professional references with contact information, and a statement on what diversity and inclusion means to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'). Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by April 12, 2021; however, review will continue until the position is filled."

"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.

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