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Research Programmer II

Information Sciences Institute Marina del Rey, California

Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISI operates one of the world’s largest academic high-performance computing clusters. ISI has three research campuses:  one in Marina Del Rey, CA; one in Arlington, VA; and one in Waltham, MA.

*This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA.*

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) seeks a Research Programmer II to join a DARPA-funded project developing new tools for multi-scale social simulation.

The position will play a key role on a team developing a novel cognitive agent simulation framework for studying multi-scale dynamics of social phenomena in online information environments, including cybersecurity behavior. You will help to integrate an existing agent simulation tool with statistical physics methods and network-based models. You will contribute to the design, and be largely responsible for implementation, of new agent features integrating cognitive biases and bounded rationality with the existing dual-process cognitive architecture, and will help to scale the simulation platform to support complex simulations involving millions of agents. When appropriate you will contribute to publication of research results, and presentations of results and demonstrations at conferences and meetings.

Per USC job summary, this position will provide programming support to a research project. Develops or modifies large and complex system projects or as a specialist provides technical consulting to researchers on complex projects. Formulates and defines system scope and objectives. Devises or modifies procedures to solve complex problems. Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research. Prepares detailed specifications. Creates program design, coding, testing, debugging, documentation and maintenance. Works under minimal supervision at a high level of technical proficiency on all phases of programming. Makes technical presentations and demonstrations at conferences and/or meetings.

Interests and research background of a strong candidate for this position might include, as examples, one or more of:

  • Architectures to model and simulate human cognition
  • Large-scale agent-based modeling
  • Data-driven analysis and visualization of large, complex systems
  • Distributed computing
  • Language-based methodologies for complex system description and modeling

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Relevant work experience to provide strong technical knowledge of programming and analysis as well as senior or lead experience. Demonstrated ability to stand in for researchers as circumstances require. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems.


REQ20051502 Posted Date: 10/05/2017

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