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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Center for Terrorism & Security Studies  « Position Deleted on 7/28/2014 »

Institution: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Location: Lowell, MA
Category:
  • Admin - Laboratory and Research
  • Faculty - Liberal Arts - Psychology
  • Faculty - Liberal Arts - Criminal Justice
Posted: 07/13/2014
Application Due: 07/25/2014
Type: Full Time
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General Summary of Position:
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

The principal role of Post Doctoral Research Associate is to work on CTSS (Center for Terrorism & Security studies) projects alongside the Director, Dr. John Horgan. Critical features of the role of the position will also be to a) develop and write research proposals and form collaborations to support future CTSS research and b) perform major research functions on existing grants(s).

  • Will conduct the required data-collection and analysis activities on the project "Evaluation of a Multi-faceted, US community based Muslim-led CVE program."
  • Ensure all project-related activities are conducted on time and to the highest standard.
  • Prepare monthly status reports and deliverables in collaboration with the project's staff and under the direction of the Principal Investigators.
  • Serve as a liaison between CTSS, the funding agency, and any collaborating research partners.
  • Ensure all deliverables are delivered on time and to the highest standard.
  • Engage with the funding agencies' project managers and ensure they are continually updated and fully aware of all project-related activities.
The position will be involved in identifying, applying and securing new research to help develop the CTSS core mission which will involve: identifying relevant funding agencies and sourcing relevant calls for research, developing research ideas, identifying relevant data sources and proposing suitable methodologies and data analysis techniques. Where relevant, identifying potential collaborators, writing and submitting white papers and full reports to secure funding.

The candidate will be expected to dedicate time to their own research and writing activity. It is expected that these activities will also support the wider development of CTSS and be in accord with the mission of CTSS. Example activities include: writing briefs and research publications, attending conferences and presenting results of research findings and developing and engaging in discussions of future directions of CTSS research.

This position is contingent upon funding and is initially for one year and may be extended contingent upon funding.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D in psychology, criminology or a related behavioral science AND track record of publications on terrorism and political violence
  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, criminology or a related behavioral science
  • Peer reviewed publications on the evaluation of CVE (countering violent extremism) programs in at least one terrorism studies journal
  • A track record of using psychological approaches to analyze, structure and solve complex applied research problems
  • Understanding of human behavior in issues pertinent to Security and Terrorism (e.g. terrorist behavior, risk assessment, and terrorism in cyber-space)
  • An awareness of the relevant theories and methods for investigating these areas
  • A good understanding of military, defense, security, and/or criminal justice
  • A research background in the application and/or exploitation of behavioral sciences in areas relevant to Security and Counter-terrorism
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills
  • Quantitative research methods and statistics
  • Qualitative research methods including conducting open and semi-structured interviews
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • CTSS will be a dynamic, high pressure environment and the position will involve working under pressure to strict deadlines
Special Instructions: 
  • Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
  • This position is contingent upon funding and is initially for one year and may be extended upon funding.

The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Title IX, H/V, ADA 1990 Employer and Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR60-741 4, 41 CRF60-250 4, 41CRF60-1 40 and 41 CFR60-1,4 are hereby incorporated.