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FBI Critical Incident Response Group Research Opportunity
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2021
Title FBI Critical Incident Response Group Research Opportunity
University Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Quantico, VA, United States
Department Federal Bureau of Investigation
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
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    Sociology - of Culture
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    Psychology - General
    Political Science - General
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    Economics - General
    Criminology/Criminal Justice
    Social Sciences - General

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

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.

ORISE is continuing normal program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will be offered as long as the FBI Laboratory is able to complete the onboarding process and ensure a meaningful experience to participants. We encourage you to apply and submit your application as soon as possible. Updates to this opportunity will be provided on this page as needed.

What will I be doing? As a participant with the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will have an opportunity to enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities and contributions by participating in critical incident response research initiatives utilizing state-of-the-art equipment under the mentorship of CIRG scientists. 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.

You may be involved in research including:

Crisis management;
Hazardous devices disruption;
Crisis negotiations;
Behavioral analysis and assessments;
Strategic information dissemination;
Tactical and technical operations;
Ground and air surveillance;
Aviation support;
Special events management; and
Rapid deployment logistics.
Under the guidance of a mentor, you may be involved in some or all of the following:

Conducting searches of scientific literature
Designing experimental plans
Conducting field tests
Performing analytical laboratory analyses
Analyzing instrumental data/ documenting results
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 perform sophisticated laboratory techniques using emerging technologies, 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

Participant Benefits:

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 can be for the summer or for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FBI contingent on the availability of funds. The appointment can be made on a full-time or part-time basis.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens.

For more information about the Visiting Scientist Program, please visit

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FBI, CIRG, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment.

Participation Eligibility:

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

Be a U.S. Citizen.
Have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s, Master, or PhD or complete all the requirements for the degree by the anticipated start date of the appointment.
Undergo an extensive FBI background investigation and meet suitability criteria (Website.
Program Website:

Students may apply for and are eligible to participate in the program at multiple times during their graduate studies.

A complete application consists of:

Zintellect Profile
Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.
A current resume/CV including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
Two relevant letters of recommendations
Two writing samples.
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation. Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered. All supporting materials must be uploaded as PDF files so the document can be searched by Zintellect’s search engine. Scanned items are not optimal for search engines. PDF must not require special certificates or passwords to open. Max file size is 10MB.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • James Haynes
    FBI Visiting Scientist Program Team
    Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
    Varies, VA


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