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Post-doctoral Fellowship in Violent Extremism Reintegration
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 04/02/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Title Post-doctoral Fellowship in Violent Extremism Reintegration
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area The Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program
Position Description
The Community Safety Branch of the EPREP Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is currently executing a portfolio of projects touching on issues including the reintegration of former violent extremists, the evaluation of prevention, and countering violent extremism programming (P/CVE). Violence is of public health concern, and disciplines such as social science, law, epidemiology, and behavioral science, commonly used to tackle public health problems, can successfully contribute to addressing violence and improving community safety. Our work helps inform the development of policies and interventions based on sound scientific evidence on the nature, causes, and consequences of violent behaviors. We provide technical assistance and training to organizations interested in improving prevention programs. And we design research studies to identify risk factors associated with violence and the protective factors associated with enhanced community safety.
This is a position that will include active participation in federally funded research projects related to the evaluation of reintegration programs of those who have radicalized to violent extremism/terrorism. The post doctoral fellow will work directly with a team of scholars in terrorism studies and public health – Drs. Elena Savoia, Jessica Stern, and Meg McBride – on NIJ-funded research focused on evaluating the effectiveness of programming designed to reintegrate those who have radicalized to violent extremism. The post doctoral fellow will be a full member of the community safety evaluation team and dedicated to: leading interviews with probation officers and their clients, developing and deploying data collection surveys, coding qualitative data in NVivo, analyzing quantitative datasets, conducting informal and formal literature reviews, writing manuscripts intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and sharing research findings at conferences. The post doctoral fellow will support the PI with the following tasks: submitting and maintaining IRB protocols, protecting sensitive data, managing the team’s calendar, scheduling data collection interviews and other team commitments, running weekly team meetings, administering grant subcontracts, and working with the senior team to support the work of the research assistants.
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.
Basic Qualifications
Applicants must have completed or be enrolled in the last year of their Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, international affairs), and be planning a career related to the field of P/CVE.
Additional Qualifications
Applicants should possess excellent writing and organizational skills; a sincere interest in recruiting, mentoring, and supervising a diverse group of undergraduate and recently graduated research assistants; a desire to work collaboratively; and strong presentation skills. Strong written and oral scientific communication skills to keep leadership informed and to interface with academic collaborators. Ability to adapt to and effectively manage changes in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Our team places a premium on collegiality and collaboration. We have worked hard to assemble a strong cohort of individuals who are invested in both the project and one another, and it is critical to us that any incoming teammates share this approach to collaboration. The strongest applicants will be eager to learn about the research topic and will be continually curious. Finally, our team stood up during the COVID-19 pandemic and is accustomed to collaborating online, so most of the work can be done remotely.
Special Instructions
Note: Applicants are asked to include the names and contact information for three references. Letters will only be requested for finalists.
Contact Information
Catherine Harrison
Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program
Contact Email charrison@hsph.harvard.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed

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