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Network Science and Communications Lead

University of Maryland
North College Park, MD
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Position Number: 128493
Title: Research Scientist
Functional Title: Network Science and Communications Lead
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.

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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security ( ARLIS ), based at the University of Maryland College Park, was established in 2018 under the sponsorship of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security ( OUSD ). As a University-Affiliated Research Center ( UARC ), our purpose is to be a long-term strategic asset for research and development in our core competencies.

The Network Science and Communications Lead generates and executes research projects in communications and network science technical areas. They will work at the intersection(s) between networks and human issues such as identity, behavior, and socio-technical interactions.

The Network Science and Communications Lead is responsible for the following activities:

  • Lead and perform original research involving network science and communications research.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of strategic relationships with sponsors.
  • Work collaboratively with multidisciplinary technical experts across ARLIS to elicit needs from the sponsors, ideate new program ideas based on these needs, and create and manage program pursuit teams to develop program plans and get them under contract.
  • Produce presentations and other project documents/deliverables, give briefings, communicate with sponsors or university stake holders, etc.
  • Contribute to strategic exercises such as road mapping, identification of technical discriminators, and specification of challenge problems or grand challenges.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with both leadership and researchers at ARLIS .
  • Manage more junior researchers as supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in computational social science, computer science, communications and networking, mathematics, or a similar field.

  • 5+ years of experience developing, leading, and working on complex, multidisciplinary research programs.
  • Career track record of professional accomplishment in network science and communications systems.
  • Background in both physical and social networks, including a proven track record in two or more of the following areas:
    • Experience with complexity science, including the application of network science approaches such as social network analysis and graph analysis to the understanding of sociotechnical research questions.
    • Experience with network dynamics, higher-order networks, network inference, and control of network systems.
    • Experience with theoretical, experimental, and applied network science and communications and networking research.
    • Experience with RF systems.
Experience with building teams of science and engineering professionals. Experience building and sustaining external research and sponsor partnerships. 2+ years of experience as a direct supervisor of personnel. This position requires the ability to acquire a United States TS/ SCI security clearance.

  • Familiarity with telecommunications network architectures, protocols, and security, such as TCP /IP, IPsec, VPNs, content-centric networking, etc.
  • Experience with modeling and simulation involving large data sets.
  • Understanding of principles of computational social science.
  • Experience with commercial RF networks and systems such as 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of government research and engineering processes and project life cycle requirements for the Department of Defense and/or Intelligence Community.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams consisting of scientific/technical and programmatic personnel.
  • Track record of success building research portfolio in a soft-funded organization.
  • Experience with applications to biomedical research, metamaterials, and quantum information.
  • Active TS security clearance

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Additional Information:
Posting Date: 06/21/2023
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 07/30/2023
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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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