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Department: 141901 - Computer Science-engr
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The Research Programmer will build an adaptive online course, which will result in an integration of intelligent tutoring systems into online courses (aka MOOC). This project builds on our past successes in the SimStudent project (www.SimStudent.org) where we developed technologies to create an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) by teaching a computer how to solve problems—aka programming by tutoring. For the current project, we will primarily develop (1) a web-browser based GUI builder to create a user interface for an intelligent tutoring system, (2) an API to connect the user interface with the programming-by-tutoring backend, (3) an integration technology for the intelligent tutoring system to run on the online course (e.g., XBlock), and (4) student modeling technology to dynamically compute the proficiency of the individual students at runtime. We will conduct user studies with actual students to measure the effectiveness of the developed system.
The ideal candidate is responsible for developing experimental research applications and modifying existing software for specific research specifications based on knowledge of the theoretical foundations of information and computation, including algorithms and data structures, and the application of state-of-the-art programming methodology and languages for their implementation and application in computer-based systems; provides consulting services to researchers relative to software technology and capability.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree, or relevant Bachelor’s degree plus 3 or more years of independent research experience. May require terminal degree and licensure.
Familiar with networking and data storage solutions. Understanding of message transfer between frontend and servlet backend, understanding of MVC structure. Required confidence working in Unix/Linux environments with knowledge and experience developing and testing in UNIX environments (Linux) OS. Familiarity with Web-applications including Apache, Tomcat, JSP, etc.
Knowledge of research methods applicable to the development and validation of complex computer-based systems or equivalent combination of training and experience. Knowledge of the specific domain application areas and their methods, such as artificial intelligence, data systems, machine learning, robotics and human computer interaction.
Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills. Ability to comprehend system and application related specifications and requirements; design and maintain applications using modern computer science-based tools and techniques; communicate with systems users; understand and follow directions.
Two or more years of experience in research programming; some experience in programming artificial intelligence or relational database applications and use of program development environments and version control software.
Required license or certification:
Position Number: 00107013
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