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Software Developer and Cognitive Psychologist Positions

20 Jun

From: “Christa Houser” <christa .houser at teamcarney com

Open Positions (multiple): Senior Software Developer and Senior Cognitive Psychologist to work on Carney?s LearningDNA? project (see below for descriptions of each, as well as a company overview)

Company: Carney, Inc.
Location: US- Washington, D.C. area
Timing: Short (minimum 6-9 months) and long term positions available immediately
Contact: Michelle Brown, michelle brown at teamcarney com

Note: John Carney and Brian Duffy will be attending the 2009 UMAP Conference in Trento, Italy next week. Please feel free to contact them at john.carney@teamcarney.com if you wish to meet with them at the conference.

Project:

Carney?s LearningDNA project seeks to accelerate performance through the development of a model that will measurably improve the learning experience in an immersive virtual learning environment.

Within Carney?s LearningDNA system, user models built over time will communicate with immersive virtual- and other adaptive learning environments to define a unique path through the training or simulation for each individual, thus accelerating both the learning curve and the performance of each user. Third party assessment results can be added by the user to further build the user profile within the system. The learner both gains insight into their own skills and abilities and reduces time to acquire new skills by maintaining his/her profile.

In the project, Carney is creating a learner-owned ubiquitous user model that can securely interoperate with any number of learning and training environments. This user model will grow and evolve, mirroring the learner, and at any time will be able to present itself to a learning system through an application protocol interface (API) as an accurate representative of the student. Each participating learning system will write back to the user model based on the learner?s progress in the system, providing additional information on the user. Information captured by the model might include detailed information about the user?s knowledge base, personality, and any other characteristics that impact the user?s learning needs and subsequent performance.

Title: Senior Software Developer

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Senior Software Developer must have:

At least 5-7 years experience with requirements definition and analysis
At least 5-7 years experience with user interface design and implementation
At least 3-5 years experience with multi-tier application architecture
At least 3-5 years experience with advanced database and indexing concepts such as ?
At least 2-3 years experience with cryptography and steganography
A master?s degree in a technical field such as computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering

Other qualifications
The Senior Software developer may also have:

Knowledge of advanced software development environments such as C++, C#, .NET, JAVA, XML/XSL
At least 3-5 years of experience with current multimedia programming tools such as Flash, Active Server Pages, AJAX, and JavaScript
Expertise in user modeling, data encryption, and/or creating web-based wikis
A Ph.D. in a technical field

Position Overview

The Senior Software Developer is responsible for designing and developing complex data storage and retrieval systems to support research efforts related to User Modeling, Performance-based Simulations, and Intelligent User Interfaces. Senior Software Developers work closely with other members of the cognitive and instructional research team to produce high quality technical solutions to help achieve challenging research objectives.

Project Specific Responsibilities:

Create and manage sophisticated database storage, retrieval, and searching algorithms
Support information dissemination efforts for ongoing research tasks
Work directly with internal client resources to define requirements, functional specification and acceptance criteria
Synthesize and organize cross-functional team and client input to ensure timely and accurate project deliverables
Collaborate with instructional designers to identify knowledge impact opportunities and challenges
Document technology functions and features including the production of job aids for team members

Organizational Responsibilities:

Actively apply feedback received to day-to-day work and strive to improve performance
Accurately complete and submit time/status reports in a timely manner
Comply with all corporate policies and procedures
Seek opportunities for innovation every day
Provide a remarkable client experience to both internal and external clients

Title: Cognitive Psychologist

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Cognitive Psychologist must have:

At least 3-5 years experience in developing and validating competencies
At least 5-7 years experience developing, implementing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative assessments
Published research and expertise in the areas of human performance, knowledge acquisition, and/or personality and performance profiling
A Ph.D. in cognitive psychology or a closely related field such as behavioral psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or I-O psychology. (Applicants will be considered if in process of finishing dissertation).

Other qualifications
Applicants who have worked with any of the following are desired:

Personality and other attribute assessments
Cognitive neuroscience, particularly in the areas of cognitive load and working memory
Assessing competency gaps
Predicting performance based on knowledge, attributes, and/or personality
Learning management systems

Position Overview

The Cognitive Psychologist will be responsible for providing specific expertise to the project team. S/he will work closely with other members of the Cognitive and Instructional Research team to produce high quality technical solutions to help achieve challenging research objectives.

Project Specific Responsibilities:

Provide expertise to the project team related to:
– developing, validating, and assessing competencies
– developing and interpreting surveys and assessments
– tying performance to predictors such as knowledge, attributes, and/or personality

Support information dissemination efforts for ongoing research tasks
Work directly with internal client resources to develop and achieve research goals
Collaborate with instructional designers to identify knowledge impact opportunities and challenges

Organizational Responsibilities:

Actively apply feedback received to day-to-day work and strive to improve performance
Accurately complete and submit time/status reports in a timely manner
Comply with all corporate policies and procedures
Seek opportunities for innovation every day
Provide a remarkable client experience to both internal and external clients

Company Overview (www.teamcarney.com)

The mission at Carney is to help individuals and organizations perform at the speed of need. Through the effective, innovative and creative use of technology and best practices, Carney has successfully implemented effective Performance Improvement solutions. Carney?s 5 year plan is to expand its learning and training services to encompass a comprehensive service offering as well as building a Human Capital Development discipline.

Carney, Inc. was incorporated in January 1994 in Alexandria, Virginia. Our focus is improving performance through the facilitation of learning along with knowledge sharing and management. While aggressively pursuing growth, Carney has maintained its high standards of excellence and its creative use of technology. This is accomplished through a talented group of employees and an unwavering dedication to quality and client service.

Carney employs a team of creative and technical professionals to develop solutions; the process that drives the interaction and performance of these professionals we call Instructioneering?. The team includes performance solutions consultants/designers, subject matter experts, instructors, knowledge management consultants, writers, project managers, graphic artists, animators, video and audio professionals, programmers, and product testers.

Carney’s Old Town Alexandria facility (just 5 minutes from Washington, DC) is fully equipped to produce professional audio, high definition video, and 3D modeling and animation. The facility also has a secure production suite for classified project work.

Carney is an EEO/AA Employer.
Carney Inc.

http://www.teamcarney.com

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