Research Scientist

The University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
May 23, 2023
Jun 27, 2023
Full Time

Research Scientist

Functional Title: Core Competency Lead for Advanced Computing & Emerging Technology (AC&ET) to Enable Asymmetric Advantage in Intelligence & Security

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. Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check.

Background Checks: Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position: The 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), ARLIS’s purpose is to be a long-term strategic asset for research and development in its core competencies. This position requires a minimum of 3 days/week on site at the ARLIS facility in College Park, Maryland. The AC&ET Core Competency Lead reports directly to the ARLIS Research Director; and coordinates and stewards ARLIS research personnel that focus on the general area of systems engineering and computing, enabling asymmetric advantage in Intelligence & Security, specifically:

  1. Disciplines related to the manipulation, use, and sharing of information of varying quantities and diverse forms, including knowledge discovery and data mining, knowledge management, information science, data science, emerging computing technologies, and computer science areas such as scientific, cloud and enterprise computing
  2. Engineering, Systems, and Software disciplines, including systems engineering, industrial engineering, model-based engineering, software engineering, information modeling, interoperability, information systems architecture, and general topics in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering related to software and systems.

Key Responsibilities: The key responsibility of a Core Competency Lead is to support strategic and long-range planning for their group (20-30 researchers). This planning requires performing portfolio analyses and assessments for the areas of science represented by the core competency, including hiring and retention planning. The lead will manage ongoing operational and professional-development needs of the group’s professional-track faculty, and establish goals and objectives for both individual and group progression. The lead must advise and assist in the development of short- and long- range plans in collaboration with other Core Competency Leads and the ARLIS leadership team. This role also requires serving as an individual contributor and technical leader on research programs in the core competency area. This position reports directly to the ARLIS Director of Research.

Additional Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, coordinate, and assess the mission, vision, strategic, and operational and personnel needs of the Advanced Computing & Emerging Technology (AC&ET) group.
  • Actively contribute to ARLIS’s and UMD’s comprehensive research strategy. Collaborate with internal technical program and project leadership to identify and allocate personnel for research efforts.
  • Supervise and mentor Entry-, Growing-, and Career-level researchers.
  • Lead and/or contribute to sponsored research projects.
  • Manage group administrative activities including hiring, appraisals, and sponsored-project success.
  • Provide support, encouragement, and ongoing reinforcement of continuous learning and continuous improvement to build strong operations and technical excellence within the group.
  • Create a focused working environment for participating faculty through a controlled inflow and balance of project work.
  • Maintain strategic partnerships with researchers, staff, ARLIS leadership, sponsors, and faculty across campus.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Ph.D. in a field with relevance to ARLIS the core competencies (see above)


  • An advanced degree with experience commensurate with the leadership requirements of an academic department or that of a government or industrial research laboratory


  • 10 years of experience managing complex research programs
  • Experience overseeing hiring of science and technology professionals
  • Experience building and sustaining partnerships.
  • Career track record of professional accomplishment in areas of technical expertise relevant to the core competencies, including publications, society leadership, professional recognitions, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to generate and articulate scientific and technical priorities across a breadth of disciplines.
  • This role requires not only knowledge in relevant disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

Conditions of Employment


  • Ability to acquire a Top Secret/SCI Clearance and onsite presence, as required.
  • 5 years of supervisory experience Holds Top Secret/SCI Clearance.
  • Understanding of government research and engineering processes and project life-cycle requirements for DoD programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams consisting of scientific/technical and programmatic personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage personnel allocations, and budgeting as it affects professional development and overhead costs.
  • Demonstrated history of providing insight, advice, and scientific/technical guidance on programmatic and engineering strategies and project execution requirements for government customers.

Posting Date: 05/08/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

Best Consideration Date: 06/30/2023

Physical Demands: Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Work is performed in a traditional office environment and requires the ability to operate standard equipment and keyboards. The position may require viewing a computer terminal, reading, and/or analyzing information. The position may require the incumbent to maneuver short distances to attend meetings on and off campus. The incumbent may be required to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

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.

Required Applicant Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
  4. Personal Statement

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