Researcher in Intelligence and Security

University of Maryland

Posting Details

Position Number: 126235

Title: Faculty Specialist

Functional Title: Faculty Research Specialist

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

University Authorized FTE: 100

Unit: VPR-Applied Research Lab for Intelligence & Security

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) seeks to hire a Faculty Specialist with training in quantitative methods and experience analyzing behavioral data. The successful candidate will work with multidisciplinary teams on research projects that quantify and evaluate human performance in a variety of domains, such as human intelligence and learning. Duties will include, but are not limited to, tasks such as:

• Collecting, managing and organizing data collected by the team;
• Quality control of data received from partners and consultants;
• Data cleaning and data aggregation;
• Statistical data analysis with R ;
• Quantitative measurement creation and validation;
• Other research design and data collection, management, and analysis tasks as needed;
• Administrative tasks include organizing meetings, taking detailed minutes, coordinating schedules, as well as assisting in the preparation of project plans and schedules, status reports, briefings, and technical reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree is required, ideally in Psychology, Statistics, or a related field such as Data Sciences. Those with a master’s degree, certificate, or strong undergraduate focus in quantitative methods will be given priority. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required; including skills in Word and Excel.
• Strong editing skills (or other experience requiring an eye for detail consistency);
• Excellent communication and organizational skills;
• Advanced quantitative skills (at least one year of graduate-level statistics preferred);
• Experience with human subjects research (e.g. recruiting, testing participants, IRB)
• Knowledge/experience with cognitive or psychometric measures.
• Psychological research methodology experience, such as creating/designing materials for research studies, data collection, and/or interviewing;
• Experience with R or a programming language such as Python.


Preferred skills (one or more):
• Strong base in Cognitive Psychology literature and theory and/or educational assessment and test design
• Experience in creating assessment measures, scale and questionnaire construction, and/or validation;
• Familiarity with regressions, hierarchical/multi-level models, and structural equation modeling and/or psychometric network analyses
• Experience with Item Response Theory methods
• Experience or interest in data sciences (i.e., machine learning)

Posting Date: 04/14/2021

Closing Date: 05/28/2021

Open Until Filled No

Best Consideration Date 05/07/2021

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents

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