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About the Unit
The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) is an academic center at the University of Chicago dedicated to policy-relevant national security research. The Arabic Language Analysis Team (APAT) is a grant-funded research projected led by CPOST Director and Principle Investigator (PI) Robert Pape. The goal of APAT is to identify and analyze the propaganda strategies and narratives used by foreign militant groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda to recruit and mobilize support across the Arabic-speaking world. In addition, the APAT seeks to identify and evaluate artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to propaganda collection and analysis. The APAT project maintains, updates, and leverages CPOST’s Militant Propaganda Archive, a database containing the complete record of online video propaganda produced by ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other groups. It also produces timely analyses of Arabic-language propaganda related to emerging threats and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on militant group messaging toward the Arabic-speaking world. The Research Manager role will provide analysis support project management of the APAT’s collection and analysis of Arabic-language militant propaganda. Under direct supervision of the PI and Research Director, the Research Manager will manage a small team of graduate and undergraduate language analysts and contribute directly to the analyses to achieve the core research goals of the project. Through this position the Research Manager will be part of the vibrant research environment of Chicago Project on Security and Threats at The University of Chicago. This position will require a commitment of at least 1 year. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.
Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.
Career Track and Job Level
Oversees all aspects of management, scientific technological development, and operations for major research projects or research facilities. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Presents research findings at meetings and/or conferences.
P1: Performs routine assignments in the entry level to a professional job progression. Typically requires a college or university degree or the equivalent work experience that provides knowledge and exposure to fundamental theories, principles and concepts. Develops competence by performing structured work assignments. Uses existing procedures to solve routine or standard problems. Receives instruction, guidance and direction from others.
The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.
1) Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project., 2) Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents., 3) Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator., 4) Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field, 5) Performs other related work as needed.
1) The APAT project manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the APAT and reports to the PI and the Research Director.
2) Duties include selecting and managing the APAT research team.
3) Maintaining and updating the Militant Propaganda Archive database with new releases; the timely completion of propaganda collection, translation, and analysis tasks; the production of research deliverables, including the quarterly propaganda threats and trends report and analysis of narratives in Arabic-language militant propaganda.
4) Regular monitoring and reporting on APAT’s progress toward core objectives.
5) Translate written and spoken Arabic from video and print material into English with high degree of accuracy and efficiency.
6) Manage and supervise the work of the APAT team members and research assistants.
7) Work with PI and Research Director to complete a systematic analysis of recruitment narratives in Arabic-language militant propaganda.
8) Update and maintain the Militant Propaganda Archive video database and manage access to the data according to University of Chicago policies.
9) Prepare the quarterly Propaganda Trends and Threats report and project-related slides for presentations as required.
10) Respond to occasional requests from the Primary Investigator and Research Director for analysis and data to contribute to public understanding of events.
11) Create and manage comprehensive project plan for ongoing collection and analysis of data. Work with PI to develop new project ideas and emerging lines of inquiry.
12) Align staff capacity (including full time, part time, and student staff) across the Arabic Propaganda Analysis Team to ensure realization of identified goals and priorities.
13) Assist the PI and Research Director with preparation of papers, abstracts, and grant/funder reports related to the APAT.
1) Native or full professional fluency in Arabic and English language.
2) Excellent organizational, quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills with sharp attention to detail.
3) Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse professional environment.
4) Ability to effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines.
5) A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
6) Strong computer skills including ability to work with databases and data visualization.
7) Demonstrated ability to communicate research findings clearly to multiple audiences through oral presentations and written work.
8) Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
9) Ability to train others. Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, Teams.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Master’s Degree in a related field.
2) Must successfully complete an evaluation of ability to translate from Arabic to English.
1) Experience in political science, communications, media studies.
2) Experience working as part of a research team, project planning or study planning.
3) Experience supervising others and/or teams.
2) Cover Letter (include earliest available start date) Research Statement
3) Sample of translation ability
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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