PostDoc in Computer Simulation and Experimental Gaming

The Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS: lab invites applicants for a post-doctoral research fellow to work at the nexus between machine learning, computer simulation and experimental gaming applied to problem solving in the area of animal health protection (biosecurity). This is a grant-funded three-year position, contingent upon continued funding, at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont working with Drs. Chris Koliba, Asim Zia and Scott Merrill. A competitive starting salary plus benefits will be provided. Successful candidates will develop and deploy serious games for online and targeted audiences. These efforts are part of a larger multi-institutional project that is studying how to reduce the negative impact of potential emergent diseases to the U.S. food-producing hoofstock industries. Candidates interested in multidisciplinary research are preferred.

Requirements for the position include a PhD in the computer sciences or similar sciences, scripted programming experience, such as Java, C#, or Python, experience with HTML or HTML5 and experience with Client Server Applications. Successful candidates will need to manage large data bases. Additionally, successful candidates will have some background knowledge of microeconomics and/or cognitive science.

Required attributes/abilities
1- Doctorate in computer science or related
2- Scripted programming expertise (e.g., Java, C#, Python)
3- Experience with HTML or HTML5
4- Experience with Client Server Applications
5- Data management systems administration experience
• Collect and manage gaming sessions data in database files such as Excel/MySql
• The ability to collect and maintain data, meta data and contents from various sources for further analysis, processing and planned publications
• Need to be capable of creating code to arrange survey and game participant payouts
6- Some experience or coursework associated with economics and/or cognitive science

Additional desired attributes/abilities
1- Institutional Review Board (IRB) training and experience
2- Experience with agent-based modeling
3- Experimental gaming experience
4- Game coding experience
5- Experience with creating social media contents such as tweets and Facebook posts for recruiting
6- Ability to update and provide website content

Applicant should post a cover letter addressing relevant background, a CV and the names and contact information of at least 3 references to SEGS@UVM.EDU with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Gaming and Simulation.” Review of applications will commence June 15, 2016 and continue until position is filled.

Questions or queries can be directed to SEGS@UVM.EDU.

The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University is committed to increasing diversity and welcomes applications from women, veterans and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from people with disabilities.