Counterterrorism And Forensic Science Research
Posted on Apr 4, 2021 by ORAU Maryland Office
As a participant with the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit's (CFSRU) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will have an opportunity to enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities and contributions by participating in forensic research initiatives utilizing state-of-the-art equipment under the mentorship of CFSRU scientists. The VSP will expose you to a research 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:
Detection of Bio-threat agents
Detection of explosives and drugs
Characterization and comparison of forensic materials
Elemental analysis of trace evidence
Mass spectrometry applications to chemical and biological analyses, including IRMS
Development of instrumental methods
Evaluation of field portable instrumentation
Advancement of forensic chemistry, specifically in toxicology, and trace volatiles
Advancement of techniques for Imaging and Visualization
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 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
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 CFSRU officials and are based on your academic and professional background. Relocation expenses, not to exceed $1,000, incurred in relocating from your current address to Quantico, Virginia (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. You will receive a travel allowance of $5,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. 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, CFSRU, 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.
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