Job Location: Flexible; Washington, DC, preferred
Employment Type: Full-Time
Seniority Level: Associate
Job Category: Staff


The DFRLab continues to monitor domestic violent extremist movements in the United States and is seeking to bring on a full-time Resident Fellow, United States with established expertise in the American information environment and domestic extremism. This role plays an essential role in the DFRLab’s work, focusing on the online activities of white nationalist groups and other extremist movements, with an emphasis on tracking how online content manifests into on-the-ground activities. The fellow will use open-source and digital forensic techniques to identify and analyze these efforts.

The fellow will monitor the domestic US information environment to produce reports focusing on extremist groups and individuals actively engaged in them. They will work with the DFRLab’s research and editorial teams, along with external partners that monitor extremist groups, with the goal of gathering and preserving material to inform potential interventions and various stakeholder communities, including policymakers, media, civil society, and industry. This will involve submitting regular monitoring reports multiple times each week to project partners as well as responding to research requests from partners. The fellow will also have opportunities to build more comprehensive analyses and be an important representative and liaison for the DFRLab.

We are currently hiring for an immediate start. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.

Job responsibilities

  • Conduct continuous open-source investigative research into and monitoring of extremist and white nationalist operations throughout the United States;
  • Produce regular reports of findings for project partners;
  • Gather, archive, and analyze relevant narrative data;
  • Produce public reports and articles when relevant;
  • Act as liaison for local media and research partners;
  • Adapt curricula for and conduct presentations or trainings on open-source investigative techniques with civil society organizations and other partners;
  • Conduct briefings for project partners, government, news outlets and civil society on research outcomes;
  • Identify additional research avenues as appropriate; and
  • Assist broader reporting, as needed.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience;
  • Active on social media with a high degree of digital literacy;
  • Experience with lesser-known and/or non-mainstream social platforms;
  • Knowledge of the domestic political landscape, online and offline;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Strong history of journalistic or analytical research;
  • Experience and passion for open-source research methodologies;
  • Able to work independently on project outputs;
  • Public-speaking competency;
  • Professional experience interacting with civil society groups and/or government officials;
  • Work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials;
  • Willingness to travel internationally; and
  • Proven interest in the overlap between governance, civil and human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and online information environments.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience running trainings; and
  • Significant history of research and publications.

Explore the Program

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

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