On-Call Senior Social Scientist – USAFRICOM – DOD TS/SCI

Job Locations US-AE-Stuttgart
Requisition ID
Position Category
Other / Technical
Top Secret/SCI
Cyber Mission


Peraton is seeking a Part-Time/On call Senior Social Scientist, who is experienced in working with a diverse team of linguists, analysts, and information operations (IO) planners to translate empirical research findings into operational assessments. The ability to work on a team in a collaborative environment is a requirement.


This position is based in Stuttgart, Germany with opportunities to work remotely (the candidate will work at Kelley Barracks, USAG Stuttgart, Stuttgart Germany as required by the client, approximately 30 days per quarter). This position is an unaccompanied assignment while located in Germany. Employee will travel TDY to Germany as required to support the military client.


The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing opinion research projects within the AFRICOM AOR. The candidate must be comfortable visualizing quantitative data  and completing assessment reports in the form of briefs, PowerPoint presentations, and direct inputs into C2IE (Command and Control in the Information Environment). The candidate should also be comfortable working with research vendors to provide inputs for the design of qualitative research (e.g., focus groups and in-depth interviews).



Roles and responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conduct assessments of the information environment, applying a combination of opinion research data, intelligence, operational reporting, and social media insights.
  • Provide data visualization and quantitative analysis.
  • Oversee design of opinion research and interpretation of findings. Examples of opinion research includes survey, flash polls, focus groups, and in-depth interviews.
  • Prepare status reports, assess project issues and risks, and develop resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives.
  • Develop, refine, and coordinate assessment and collection plans for active and future series in the theater being reported in the Command and Control of the Information Environment (C2IE) system.  
  • Create, determine resourcing, and/or coordinate with stakeholders, the collection of social, cultural, economic, political, religious, and regional identified indicators through all available sources to assess approved series in the theater.
  • Develop, refine, and coordinate Series Assessment Reports (SARs) for all active series in the area of responsibility being reported in C2IE on a quarterly basis. Continuously maintain a summary report of all SARs in the theater and disseminate as necessary.
  • Collaborate with knowledge management to maintain and update assessments repositories of all existing series assessments, survey data, survey reports, and analytical intelligence reports as they pertain to conducting inform and influence operations in theater.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of aggregated data received from team members, other agencies, and organic assets, and author summary reports and/or present oral briefings for senior leadership.
  • Review studies conducted by similar organizations and determine reliability, validity and other strength factors for potential use in theater.
  • Contribute to methodology advancement for analyzing and extracting insights from large-scale qualitative and quantitative data sets to enhance comprehension of target audience behaviors and reactions.
  • Create/lead innovative social science research initiatives, educate staff on proposed responsibilities, collect results from the implemented tasks, and report to senior-decision makers.
  • Work independently or in collaboration with social scientists within and outside the theater.


Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • Master’s degree in political science, international relations, area studies, behavioral sciences, sociology, geography, anthropology, or other related social science field.
  • 9 years of relevant experience with Bachelor’s Degree, 7 years of relevant experience with a Masters or 4 years of relevant experience with PhD.
  • Knowledge and experience in use of all Microsoft Office products.
  • Willing and able to travel/reside within Africa as required by the program. Note: Areas in Africa may be austere and hazardous.
  • Current U.S. passport.
  • Must have valid US Passport with two years minimum remaining before expiration
  • When required, must be able to meet German Visa requirements
  • Active DoD TS/SCI security clearance


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • PhD in psychology, sociology, anthropology, behavioral sciences, social sciences and more than 9 years of applicable experience.
  • Current TS/SCI clearance.
  • Joint intelligence or operational experience with U.S. Geographical Combatant Commands.
  • Statistical package expertise in IBM SPSS/PASW, R, STATA or MS Excel statistics.
  • Experience working in Africa as an individual contributor.
  • Experience with campaign / operational assessments.

Peraton Overview

Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, and state and local markets. Every day, our employees do the can’t be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

Target Salary Range

$112,000 - $179,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

EEO Tagline (Text Only)

An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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