Current Research Opportunities

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. 

In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a current research opportunity.

U.S. citizens and recent Ph.D. graduates or doctoral students who will soon complete their degrees are invited to apply.

Applications accepted January 2019

Opportunity Number Opportunity Title Program Academic Levels

Interested in what kind of opportunities are available through IC Postdoc?

Please feel free to review past research opportunities listed below:

Three dimensional (3D) rendering of multiple two dimensional (2D) images for component recognition.
New algorithms for fast cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) reconstruction
Agent based dynamic network optimization and control
Novel approaches to compact energy storage and lighter/more efficient autonomous systems
Predicting behavioral influences on epidemic dynamics
Nexus of machine learning, design optimization, advanced manufacturing, and smart materials
Magnetic skyrmions for non-volatile memory and computing
Unconventional distributed sensor optimization and integration for robust agile flight control
Adversarial biological learning
Deterrence that disintegrates in daylight: military deterrence based on hidden capabilities
Modeling insider threat with neural networks
Background reduction in high-efficiency measurement of beta-emitting fission products
Cognitive science and structured analysis
Strengths and weaknesses of social network analysis
Biological and spectral responses of plants to stressors
Enriching point-of-interest (POI) and land use classifications with sound representations
Measuring and attributing variation within major crop types over large regions
Cross-linguistic approaches for representing place and movement
Space object hypervelocity impact electromagnetic pulse radio frequency detection and measurement
Advanced battery development
Full homomorphic encryption of data for low bandwidth channels
Real-time object detection, tracking, and classification plus associated analytic methods
2D materials for ultra-low-power data egress at 4K
Advancing direct-write printing methods for the fabrication of electronics on complex surfaces
All-optical sampling for THz bandwidth signals
Impact of Twisted, Bent Fiber on Orbital Angular Momentum Light Wave Propagation
New and emerging qubit science and technology
Noise in Superconducting Qubits
Quantum sensing and readout with cavity quantum phonodynamics
Data Fusion and Deep Learning to Detect, Track, and Identify Global Maritime Traffic
Autonomy prospects for commercial unmanned aerial systems
Methods to detect manipulated facial images in identity documents or on-line applications
Advanced research into archive, analysis and retrieval of video based data
Increasing the security of wireless communications at the physical layer
Understanding and mitigating side-channels in commodity hardware
Detecting malicious activity on distributed IoT sensor/actuator networks
Quantum secure communication
Magnon algorithmics
Non-conventional energy harvesters/power sources to provide power in remote locations for 10+ years
Use of LIDAR for maintaining Speech Intelligibility with ASR
Context Search of Text
Security of Automatic Speaker Verification Systems to Synthesis Spoofing Attacks
Multi-modal Speech Processing
Improved understanding of composite material properties, with the aim of increased blast resistance
Crowd modelling in post-event emergency situations
Controllable and quantifiable methods for real-time explosive vapor generation
Opportunities and risks in the application of deep learning to security screening applications
Quantum and Optical Sensors
Through the Earth Information
Characterization of Normal and Ultra High Strength Concrete to High Frequency Direct Shear Loading
Electronic Materials and Components for Low Power Flexible Devices Unclassified Research
Unconventional Distributed Sensor Optimization and Integration for Robust Agile Flight Control
Develop Deep Neural Network Models to Identify Specific Visual Patterns for Real Time Decisions
Data Science Methods, Tools, Techniques and Architectures to Enhance Them
Emerging Technology Vulnerabilities
Spatial Models of Ambient Sound
Quantifying and Assessing Soil Quality as an Indicator of Regional Stability
Expanding hydrologic insight with satellite remote sensing
Impact of Changing World Demographics on Security and Stability
Advanced Propulsion for Small Satellites
Advanced Energy Storage and Generation for Satellites
Innovative Future High Performance Microelectronics Technologies – More Than Moore’s Law
Advanced Materials for Light Weight Zero Volt Batteries
Multi-query search optimization: low cost set covers for large collections of regular expressions
Risk-aware recommender systems for computer network defense
Advancing direct-write printing methods for the fabrication of electronics on complex surfaces
Intelligent Autonomous Systems for National Security Applications
Environmentally stable rechargeable batteries for flexible wearable electronics
Non-conventional energy harvesters/power sources to provide power in remote locations for 10 years
Calculus of privacy
Magnon algorithmics
High reliability RF to flexible circuit interconnections resilient to classical wash cycles
Stored energy detection in complex environments
Voice Liveness detection
Mesoscale community detection
Heterogeneous network analysis
Quantum secure communication
Improved understanding of composite material properties, with the aim of increased blast resistance
Security for Internet of Things endpoints
Detection and Characterization of Tunnels and Underground Facilities
A new approach to measuring moving vehicles carrying radioactive materials
Identifying Hazardous Nuclear Reactor Emissions Via Microbial Reactomes
Engineering Ligand-Binding Proteins for Detection of Chemical Signatures
Characterization of Microbial Species for Bioremediation of Uranium in Groundwater
Near Field Interferometry for Space Object Imaging
Remote off-axis detection of laser radiation
A Fusion Approach To Multimedia Biometric Verification
Authentication of Multimedia
Development of an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) Behavior Model to Predict Real time Events
Forensic Cyber Linguistics: Attribution, Sentiment and Statement Analysis of Digital Communication
Human Language Technology-Enabled Personality Assessments
Anticipating potential high-traffic regions within the Arctic Ocean
Electromagnetic field applications to subsurface research
Understanding the estimated scale differences between different space geodetic techniques.
Deeper Learning through Alternative Technological Approaches
Multi-valued Logic for Neuromorphic Computing: from Machine Learning to Machine Understanding
Metrics in Three-Dimensional Point Cloud Data
Synthetic Aperture Radar: Edge Detection with Neural Networks
Combining High Resolution Intelligence Satellite Images with Lower Resolution Climate Change Images
Chemical Processes for Multi-functional Carbon Nanotube Structures
Foundations of next-generation electrospray propulsion
Integrated Nanophotonics
Neuromorphic Transducers: Analog-to-Information Converters
Space Weather Global Ionosphere TEC Accuracy
Resource Allocation of Distributed Heterogeneous Resources
Extension of Matrix Signal Demodulation Techniques to Allow Combining Multiple Samples
Autonomous, On-Board, Position Determination of Earth-Orbiting Spacecraft
Trust Mechanisms for Software Defined Networking
Socio-technical systems to facilitate information sharing amongst teams in complex work environments
Risk-aware recommender systems for computer network defense
Non-traditional annotation of realistic speech
Specific roles of materials and defects in quantum device noise
Semiconductor-inspired superconducting quantum computing
Emerging Technology Vulnerabilities
Integrated Modeling, Gaming, and Simulation Tools for Understanding Complex Systems
Impact and Mitigation of Cognitive Limits on Data Science
Cognitive Science and Structured Analysis
Impact of Changing World Demographics on Security and Stability
Capability Limitations and Security of Cyber Biometric Authentication
Security for Internet of Things Endpoints
Making sense of the human response to climate change
Post-quantum Cryptography
Quantum secure communication
Digital currencies and distributed ledgers
Heterogeneous network analysis
Mesoscale community detection
Behavioral Analytics
Building Mapping