job-area: Community & Social Sciences

FBI Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) Research Opportunity

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) consists of a cadre of special agents and professional support personnel who provide expertise in crisis management, hostage rescue, surveillance and aviation, hazardous devices mitigation, crisis negotiations, behavioral analysis, and tactical operations.

What will I be doing?   As a research fellow with the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities by participating in research initiatives under the mentorship of CIRG research personnel. The VSP will expose you to a work environment in a high security government facility and provides an opportunity to perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security.

Under the guidance of a mentor, you may be involved in the following:

  • Conducting searches of scientific literature
  • Designing social/behavioral sciences research projects related to criminal, national security, and/or cyber threats
  • Conducting statistical analysis of data
  • Preparing and presenting research findings to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing

Why should I apply? Under the guidance of a mentor, you will support applied social/behavioral sciences research projects related to criminal, national security, or cyber threats; judge the completeness and accuracy of research results; perform statistical analyses on data; and prepare written manuscripts for FBI review and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Release of any information acquired during participation in this program is at the sole discretion of the FBI.

Where will I be located? Quantico, Virginia

The details:

As a participant you will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by the CIRG officials and are based on your academic and professional background. The initial appointment is for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of FBI contingent on the availability of funds, for up to five years. The appointment is full time during standard business hours.

Participation Eligibility:

You must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree within the last 5 years in an eligible scientific field (see Eligibility Requirements below). Applicants that are pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete all degree requirements by the start of the appointment. For applicants currently pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D., the applicant must be within one year of completing their degree. 
  • Undergo an extensive FBI background investigation and meet suitability criteria.

Applicants with education or professional experience in computer science, cyber security, or information technology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Questions?  Please list the reference code [FBI-CIRG-2024] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.