Postdoctoral Research Associate job College Park Maryland
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Postdoctoral Research Associate Job

Employer Name: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism SpiderID: 8624680
Location: College Park, Maryland Date Posted: 5/6/2019
Wage: $65,000 - $75,000 Category: Science/Research
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Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), headquartered at the University of Maryland, College Park, has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in quantitative social science, mathematics or operations research to join our Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) to apply tools and methods in decision theory to a variety of national security related applications. This is a 12-month fixed-term appointment (starting in fall or winter 2019) with the possibility of a renewal, contingent on performance and availability of funds. The successful candidate must have earned a PhD in the relevant field within the past five (5) years as of the beginning of the position at START. U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

Position Description:


STARTís UWT has a diverse array of ongoing research projects focused on addressing our nationís counter weapons of mass destruction and improvised threat network (CWMDITN) challenges. UWTís research contributes to our understanding of state and non-state actor behavior in the spaces of decision-making, emerging technology, improvised threat, and unconventional/conventional weapons use/choices from human and social systems perspectives. UWT is looking for a postdoctoral research associate who is well versed in decision theory to join the team to augment its methodological capabilities and knowledge base. The position is open with respect to academic disciplines within relevant quantitative social sciences, mathematics, operations research, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate s/he can provide the conceptual architecture and perform empirical analyses on the various research efforts that fall within UWTís research portfolio. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to various ongoing UWT projects with an emphasis on UWTís Department of Defense sponsored research efforts.

Duties of the postdoctoral research associate will include, but not limited to:

Co-authorship of research deliverables
Assist with oversight of a small research team in conjunction with a project manager and/or principal investigator
Assist with research and/or database/codebook design

Job Requirements:
Required Qualifications:

A PhD within the last 5 years (or prior to employment) in a relevant quantitative social science, mathematics, operations research, or a related discipline
Demonstrated experience/expertise in Bayesian statistical methods; agent based modeling; game theory; simulation optimization; or Monte Carlo analysis
Excellent writing and communication skills
Flexibility to switch topic areas and tasks as the project requires
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to handle pressure and meet tight deliverable deadlines
Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of approaches to model complex systems including uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
Demonstrated understanding and research interests in the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Improvised Threat Networks (CWMDITN) issue areas
Demonstrated knowledge of international and/or transnational conflict processes involving violent non‐state actors
Functional knowledge of Python
Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings


Total scholarship for this position will be in the range of $65,000 - $75,000, depending on education and experience. Applications will be accepted until position is filled, with a best consideration date of Saturday, August 31, 2019 and an anticipated start date at some point (to be negotiated with the successful candidate) in fall/winter 2019.

Please submit application materials by email with the subject line ďSTART Postdoctoral Research AssociateĒ to search coordinator, Dr. Thomas Guarrieri at

All applications must include:

A cover letter
CV/resume with contact information for three references
2-page research statement highlighting current interest(s) and future research trajectory
5-page writing sample demonstrating methodological expertise(s)
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities, women, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Criteria:
Start Date:
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required:
Education Required: Doctoral
Overnight Travel:
Vacation Time:

Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Other Benefits

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Thomas Guarrieri Company Type:
Company: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
City: College Park
State: Maryland
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