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Human Focused Insider Threat Researcher or Practitioner

The MITRE Corporation
Bedford, Massachusetts
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Aug 22, 2021

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MITRE is a trusted operator of federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) and we're on a mission to make the world a safer place-for all of humanity, today and in the future. To deliver on our mission, we need the world's best talent and leaders-groundbreakers and partnership-builders on a global scale in areas like cybersecurity, critical infrastructure resiliency, healthcare, artificial intelligence, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. In return, we have the privilege of backing you with thousands of technical experts in diverse fields, a culture of innovation and knowledge sharing, and access to data and resources uniquely available to MITRE through our wide-ranging partnerships across government, industry, and academia.
Our highly skilled social and behavioral scientists play a vital role leading collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams to develop transformative solutions.
In this position, you will work with an internal team and outside experts to apply behavioral sciences theories, research methods, and techniques for individual and group behavior, and innovatively combine that with methods and techniques from other technical sciences. Examples of behavioral research methods that you will likely apply to insider threat research challenges include: experimental design and quasi-experimental design, qualitative data collection and analysis (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups), and quantitative analysis (e.g., testing and evaluation of methods and tools).Key FunctionsThe position involves advancing MITRE's capability to apply the behavioral sciences to critical national security issues, specifically insider threat. Our insider threat capabilities are comprised of rigorous and data-driven frameworks, indicators, methodologies, interventions, operational successes, and thought leadership to counter the risk from harmful acts undertaken by trusted employees inside an organization. MITRE recognizes that insider threat is not solely a technological issue but has an inherently human component. Our work uniquely leverages the behavioral sciences and technical sciences in combination to more effectively counter insider threat.
Long-term project work will focus on applying behavioral science expertise to projects focused on the intersection of human behavior and the deterrence, detection, and mitigation of insider risks and threats. Primary focus will include research and development, and helping organizations build, grow, and mature insider threat programs. This will include developing screening/vetting characteristics, psycho-social and cyber-physical indicator development, creating and validating data-driven frameworks, developing human sensors, etc.Research, program, and/or operational experience in insider threats (e.g., IP Theft, espionage, unauthorized disclosure, workplace violence, domestic extremism, research security) are highly desirable. Passion for the long-term study of insider threats and helping national as well as international insider threat programs be successful is required. International travel very likely.
In addition to activities like these, opportunities exist for our scientists to conduct original research and develop innovative methods, applications, and capabilities.
The successful candidates will be flexible and adaptable, having a broad range of applied behavioral science skills, or significant experience in insider threat program development and execution. They will perform the following functions:
- Apply behavioral sciences theories and methods to national security issues, specifically insider threat.
- Lead and participate on research and development projects that focus on detection, deterrence, and mitigation of insider threats (e.g., screening/vetting, psycho-social and cyber-physical indicator development, crafting and validating data-driven frameworks, developing human sensors, etc.).
- Develop insider threat research proposals and execute follow-on projects.
- Engage with Insider Threat Capability and team to develop expertise in insider threat.
- Engage with national and international Critical Infrastructure Entities (e.g., telecommunications, energy, banking, etc.).
Basic Qualifications:
- A Ph.D. degree in behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, economics, organizational sciences, sociology, anthropology) or related field OR significant applied experience in insider threat programs or research.
- Minimum of 3+ years' experience applying behavioral science research methods including survey, experimental, qualitative, and/or quantitative methods.
- Experience conducting applied / "real-world" research for the federal government
- Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants.
Required Qualifications:
- At least 5 years (or equivalent) hands on experience in judgment and decision making; behavioral analysis; survey design and analysis and other human data collection approaches; experimental methods; quantitative analysis; or qualitative analysis; OR direct work with insider threat programs.
- Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative, teaming environment.
- Successful track record executing applied behavioral science research or applying such research to government programs.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate analyses and findings to various stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications:
- 3 years experience with research, program, or operational experience in insider threat (e.g., IP Theft, espionage, unauthorized disclosure, workplace violence, domestic extremism, research security)
- Candidates that possess a current/active US Government Top Secret or TS/SCI clearance are preferred
- Peer-Reviewed Research Publications in behavioral sciences, related to threat awareness.
The successful applicant will be expected work out of our McLean, VA headquarters location and will likely travel some nationally and internationally.
This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):
This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):
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