MOSES grid seeks postdoc for paid research position

Orlando, Fla. — U.S. Army Research Lab’s Simulation & Training Technology Center announced an open postdoctoral position on the MOSES team, which is working to develop the MOSES OpenSim grid and associated technologies.

“We have identified two areas of research for this position and applicants must specify which research topic they wish to concentrate on,” said Douglas Maxwell, the center’s Science and Technology Manager for Virtual World Strategic Applications.

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The position funding and human resources will be handled by Oak Ridge National Labs, but the work will be performed onsite in Orlando, Florida. This is a paid position, relocation assistance may be approved, and insurance benefits are provided.  The position also includes travel responsibilities.  Applicants must be American citizens or have naturalized status and must be able to get a security clearance.

The work is related to areas of research to support distributed simulation based training applications.  Specifically with automated load balancing and independently running collaborative clusters.

“In practical terms, imagine having a distributed scene graph that can automatically reconfigure itself by adding or reallocating computing resources based on user behaviors,” said Maxwell.

Topic One: Distributed Physics Integration

Topic One deals with an investigation of the creation of a physics cluster that can automatically detect and reallocate computing resources based on demand.  This cluster is envisioned to be a pooled resource, rather than coupled with a specific simulator instance.

Find more information about the posting here.

Topic Two: Dynamic Allocation of Compute Cluster Resources

Topic Two is a more generic and involved total simulation load balancing.  Currently the simulators require scenario examination and resource planning before deployment.  Also many system including Opensimulator have static terrain limits.  The Simulation & Training Technology Center is looking for automation of the allocation of resources based on user behaviors.

Find more information about the posting here.


Military OpenSimulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) is a coalition of military, industry, and academic partners who share a common interest in the advancement of virtual world technology for simulation-based training. Click here for more information.

The following six-minute video offers a glimpse into the work taking place at the Orlando Research Park.