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START fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to create a team to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

GIS Researcher

GIS Researcher

March 20, 2017
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a researcher (university rank Faculty Specialist) to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is a full-time position, with an initial term of one year (starting in May 2017), with continued employment contingent on new projects being awarded.


The geospatial analysis team’s research portfolio is wide-ranging, but primarily supports the advancement of basic and applied research into transportation network analysis, geoinformatics, economic geography, and spatial statistics.  Our topical areas are terrorism, non-state actors, illicit activities (including transnational criminal organizations), technology transfer and diffusion, and emergency management. The successful candidate must possess a solid understanding of the principles and practices of planning, developing, managing, and implementing geographic/geospatial research projects and will have a strong interest in promulgating the overall research agenda. The candidate will collaborate with the Senior GIS Researcher on grant-funded projects.  Focus will be on working with junior staff and interns and publishing START GIS research. The position will be approximately 80% research, 20% educational enrichment of junior staff/interns.  

Projects focus on:

  • Web-based GIS
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Network analysis/graph theory
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis, including both basic and advanced statistics
  • The design, modeling and development of relational data models.
  • Database compilation

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in relevant discipline (Geography, Geoinformatics, Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc.)
  • Research experience related to and utilizing the ESRI suite.  
  • Ability to script in at least one of the following: Python, Java, C++, C#, or other similar language
  • Familiarity with APIs
  • Knowledge of geospatial data modeling and analysis
  • Experience with data cleaning/processing
  • U.S. Person (citizen or permanent resident) status required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with web development/WebGIS
  • Experience with visualization of complex data
  • Experience with Network Analysis
  • Experience with statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, or R)
  • Experience with open-source GIS software and applications (i.e. QGIS, PostGIS, Postgresql) 
  • Substantive research related to terrorism studies  
  • Superior writing and presentation abilities

Additional Considerations:

  • Scholarly work (articles, books, etc.) and presentations on project-relevant topics
  • Research experience in a professional environment

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $50,000 to $55,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at http://www.uhr.umd.edu/documents/new_hire_overview_exempt-faculty_rev_112508.pdf). The person selected for this position will work on site at START’s headquarters on campus at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will report directly to START’s GIS Senior Researcher.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Candidates are encouraged to apply by March 20, 2017 for best consideration.

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, 2-page writing sample and three references to Mr. Tunde Oyinloye at boyinloy@umd.edu with “GIS Posting” as the subject line.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.