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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 03/05/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Position Number: 126122
Title: Post-Doctoral Associate
Functional Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
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 postdoctoral research associate to work on projects studying spread, impact, and countering of misleading and harmful information. This research supports ARLIS’s larger program in Cognitive Security, which encompasses online and offline influence — and protection from influence — of people ranging from individuals to large societies. Current studies cover topics including differential spread of COVID-19 falsehoods among US language communities, and the use of crowdsourcing platforms to detect and measure impacts of adversarial messaging campaigns.

The research associate is expected to help design, run, and analyze human subjects experiments on responses to misleading narratives and interventions intended to mitigate their effect, as well as analyzing data from existing datasets and media corpuses. A major goal of this position is to facilitate publication from these projects, and the multi-disciplinary nature of the work and team will create opportunities for publishing in a wide variety of venues.

This is a full-time position with benefits. The initial term is for 12 months and is renewable subject to the availability of funding. For this postdoctoral position, a Ph.D. or equivalent, in a field related to social science, experimental social psychology, social media analysis, or cognitive science, must be awarded prior to the start date

Minimum Qualifications:

Required skills:
• Minimum of 4 years’ experience carrying out research in a Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) field (e.g., experimental cognitive psychology, experimental cognitive science, or applied social or political science), and in statistical methods of data analysis
• Work with social and/or traditional media data collection, analysis, and/or processing
• Experience writing up SBS research for publication
• Experience working with internal review boards (IRBs) to gain approval for human subjects protocols
• Experience working collaboratively in a team, to strict deadlines, in established parameters


Preferred skills:
• Experience with Cognitive Security and information operations
• Experience with machine learning and AI methods of analyzing large data sets
• Experience with corpus collection, web-scraping, and/or annotation

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 03/04/2021
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/01/2021
Physical Demands
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.

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