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Computer Research Assistant - Aquatic - Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, June 9, 2017
Date of Posting: 
June 1, 2017
Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College
Computer Science Research Assistant - Aquatic
Hours of Work: 

390 hours are available over the term of employment (Approximately 50 days)

$21.95 per hour (vacation pay included)

June 12, 2017 – December 29, 2017

Agent Based Modelling (ABM) is a simulation technique that models individuals with simple behaviour. Complexity emerges from simple behaviours of large numbers of individuals. Our group is using an ABM to model sea louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) infestations on Atlantic salmon farms.
While ABMs are powerful and flexible, they are limited by being computationally expensive. One option is a distributed ABM (dABM). We require someone to research options for converting our salmon farm ABM to a dABM. This will include requirements gathering, literature reviews, investigation of commercial systems, prototyping, and report writing.
While we are based at the University of Prince Edward Island, the nature of the work means that the successful applicant can be located remotely. In addition to a basic salary some funding is available for travel and accommodation so we can have some face-to-face collaboration.


• Gather and define requirements for a salmon farm dABM
• Review literature on dABMs
• Review existing dABM systems (including Academic, OSS, and Commercial)
• Prototype dABMs to gain insight into features and suitability
• A final presentation and report to summarize the research and recommendations


• M.Sc. or strong B.Sc. in Computer Science
• Experience with distribution systems
• Good communication skills
• Self-motivated and able to work independently
• Experience or strong interest in simulation or biological systems is desirable

Priority is given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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