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User Interface Rapid Prototyping (UIPT) (53-8004)

at San Diego State University Research Foundation

Posted: 3/11/2019
Job Reference #: 8583
Categories: Other/General

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    This Statement of Work covers the need for the services of college student(s) to provide technical and/or analytical support in the field of Computer Science for the User Interface Rapid Prototyping or UIPT project as well as a position for a Design of User Interfaces which can come from a variety of disciplines. The purpose of the project is to design and develop a software capability for rapid prototype of user interfaces that is utilized by a user interface human factors engineering expert with a customer subject matter expert who can provide feedback on functional requirements and end use of the interface. The software development effort utilizes the Unity3D tool and other software components required to complete a representative design. The software design and implementation will be componentized and worked into applications which allows both the user interface expert and customer to work together in the design and formulation of advanced user interfaces specifically designed to meet the customer’s needs. The user interface designer shall utilize a tool similar to Sketch for the design and illustration of user interface components. This period of performance is the second year effort of the project and is funded through internal NISE S&T funds to explore advanced concepts.

    The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific has at its core mission to conduct research, development, test, evaluation, operation, sustainment, maintenance, and implementation of technologies and capabilities that build upon and improve the U.S. warfighters missions and objectives. This core mission has also been extended in support of U.S. Government organizations in their effort to protect and defend our Nation through the development of capabilities in the areas of Command/Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR). A Science and Technology (S&T) effort utilizing internal Naval Innovate Science and Engineering (NISE) funds to create rapid prototyping capabilities which decreases the time to deliver S&T products from the laboratories into the hands of the warfighter. This effort focuses on the rapid prototyping of design to implementation of advanced user interfaces. S&T efforts are now under way to explore means to achieve rapid prototyping capabilities in user interfaces.


    • Developing new software functionality as well as resolving existing software "bugs"/limitations of the current system which is on Unity based technologies with emphasis on the user interface capability. The user interface design activity will be to examine new and experimental user interfaces for advanced display systems. The effort will leverage the previous year’s accomplishment as well as building new functionality, and support any bug fixes or modifications
    • Designing software with software efforts led by SSC Pacific senior personnel. Software designs, modeling, development, testing and analysis shall be integral to contractor duties under the technical direction of the SSC Pacific senior
    • Adhering to best practices in design and software development. This includes documentation of the design and software that are developed. SSC Pacific senior personnel will oversee the best practices design and development
    • Checking and commenting on user interface designs and software developed into a configuration management system. Designs and software developed shall be incrementally tested and integrated at defined points in the development process


    Undergraduate Student 2: Must have course work in the discipline requested on the task order Statement of Work. The student must be at the Junior or Senior level and have experience in 50% of the task requirements and be able to accomplish 50% of the work independently: Computer Science major (Junior or Senior)

    Required Course Work:

    • Computer Science: Courses which are required by computer science program for the given level of the
    • User Interface Design student: Courses which are required by computer science program for the given level of the

    Additional Qualifications desired but not required:


    • Computer Science:
      • Experience in software development technologies
      • Experience using IDE environments such as Visual Studio
      • Knowledge and willingness to learn how to write code for Unity3D and supported technologies
      • Ability to write and verbally express design and development efforts
      • Skills using Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
      • User interface development skills
      • Configuration, installation and use of software on computing systems
      • Experience using databases
    • User Interface Design:
      • Experience in software based user interface design
      • Experience using design tools such as Sketch or similar
      • Knowledge and willingness to learn how to design advanced user interfaces
      • Ability to write and verbally express design efforts
      • Skills using Microsoft Office tools (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
      • Team skills and working with others
      • Graphic art experience

    Desired Course Work: (courses are listed in generalized Computer Science courses)

    • Computer Networks
    • Software Engineering
    • Programming
    • Theory of Computation
    • Computer Security
    • Human-computer interaction
    • User Interface Design
    • Human Computer Interfaces
    • Technical Communications
    • Graphics Design

    This is a student position and is limited to working 20 hours per week
    This position will remain open until filled
    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer