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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation

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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F208Az at; 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.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Geography & Geoinformation Science (GGS)
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Job Category Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F208Az
Recruit Number Faculty - 7241
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Salary Anticipated starting salary is approximately $65,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Urban Simulation

The George Mason University, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) in the College of Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position beginning January 2018. This position will be part of the “Urban Simulation” project team conducting research as part of the DARPA’s “Ground Truth” program, a network of DARPA-funded teams across the United States. The George Mason University team is direct by Drs. Andreas Zufle, Dieter Pfoser, and Andrew Crooks and supported by Carola Wenk at Tulane University. 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.


The primary job responsibilities of this position consist of the design, development and refinement of an agent-based simulation framework for urban areas. Using the existing Multiagent Simulation Toolkit (MASON) platform (written in Java), new agent logic will have to be implemented , thus creating agents that use socially plausible rules for mobility and interaction with other agents. A main goal is to create computationally efficient agent logic, thus allowing millions of agents to make decision, 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, data science, or closely related field;
  • Strong programming skills in Java;
  • 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:

  • Solid knowledge of graph algorithms;
  • Experience with Agent-Based Modeling and social science simulation; and
  • Experience in design and implementation of software systems.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F208Az at; 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.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: January 19, 2018
Posting Date 12/11/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
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