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Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (Best consideration: Apply by Oct. 20, 2017)

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (Best consideration: Apply by Oct. 20, 2017)

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Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. 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:
UWT undertakes a variety of short and long-term intensive research projects on various aspects of terrorism, counter-terrorism, organized crime, and illicit trafficking related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, and other unconventional tactics and emerging technologies. Within the overall mission of START, UWT integrates a portfolio of research projects seeking to improve the holistic understanding of CBRN and other emerging technology threats emanating from non-state actors and applying these insights to practical measures to reduce these threats. The Division focuses on the social and behavioral elements of terrorism involving unconventional weapons and places strong emphasis on transitioning cutting-edge research to the larger policy and practitioner communities.


  • Lead efforts to shape the direction of UWT’s research portfolio.
  • Assist in building the START and UWT brands as a thought leader in the counter-terrorism (CT) domain through publications in academic journals and by representing the organization at conferences and other public events.
  • Serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on high-profile research projects related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism, and other emerging technologies.
  • Assess the research methods used within the division to ensure high standards of methodological quality.
  • Engage in START-wide transition activities, including giving media interviews, delivering briefings and other presentations, developing/delivering training materials and shepherding the production of transition products based on UWT research.
  • Bring innovative approaches to understanding and countering unconventional terrorism

Business Development:

  • Be responsible for business development efforts at UWT (to meet an annual budget of ~$3 million), including identifying funding opportunities, overseeing and leading the proposal development process and in many cases writing proposals.
  • Develop relationships and foster strategic partnerships with funding agencies and research and policy institutes both in the United States and worldwide.
  • Leverage the entire UWT research portfolio to identify new research development opportunities.


  • Further the strategic vision of the UWT division, including setting overall division strategy (in conjunction with START leadership).
  • Be the primary person responsible for hiring, managing and mentoring a staff of approximately 10 full-time and 5 part-time employees.
  • Participate in START senior-level decision-making as required.
  • Ensure that UWT continues to provide world-class mentorship to START interns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in field relevant to unconventional weapons and other emerging technology threats, such as International Relations, Security Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, or Engineering.
  • At least 7 years of experience leading an organization or a division of a larger organization consisting of at least 8 individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • At least 7 years of demonstrated research or policy experience specifically addressing the threat of unconventional weapons or related technologies by non-state actors. Examples of evidence of this experience include: publications in peer-reviewed journals; membership of government committees or working groups; and a professional position in an intelligence, law enforcement or executive government unit dedicated to countering this specific threat.
  • Demonstrated ability in successful business development activities, including but not limited to: identifying funding opportunities, overseeing the proposal development process, writing proposals, strategic planning, potential sponsor engagement, and ensuring the long-term viability of a business unit in a large organization.
  • Strong leadership and problem-solving capabilities, including the ability to motivate, mentor and manage a team of over 15 staff and up to 50 students.
  • Superior capacity in interpersonal relations, with the ability to engage productively and build long-term relationships with co-workers and individuals in government agencies, academia, and corporate entities.
  • Positive track record of successfully completing simultaneous projects including, but not limited to, multi-method research sponsored by the Federal Government.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to effectively represent and advance the UWT and START brand in a variety of public settings, including briefings, conferences, and high-level policy discussions.


  • National or global reputation as a thought leader in the domain of non-state actors and unconventional weapons, demonstrated by such activities as appointment to advisory panels, invited presentations at high-profile events, or attestations by other global thought leaders of the applicant’s prominence.
  • PhD. in relevant field.
  • Positive peer-reviewed publication track-record.
  • Prior service in government is a plus.

Physical Demands:
This position is mostly sedentary in an office setting. Occasional travel required for projects.

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.

To apply, For best consideration apply by October 20, 2017. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and a list of references through the University of Maryland ejobs website: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/55075