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Junior Researcher, Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS)

Junior Researcher, Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS)

May 19, 2018
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a Junior Researcher to work on the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project (Faculty Rank: Faculty Assistant) at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is a full-time position, with an initial term of 12 months (starting in June 2018).


PIRUS is an unclassified, open source database that includes detailed information on approximately 2,000 individuals who conspired to or committed violent and non-violent acts of extremist crime in the United States. The database supports a wide range of users, including government, academia, media, and the general public. The person hired for this position will support two new initiatives to expand the PIRUS database to include information on the social network ties of US extremists, as well as individual-level information on bias crime offenders. The PIRUS Junior Researcher will be responsible for performing a variety of daily tasks, including:

  • Establishing expertise on data collection and coding practices for all domains of the PIRUS database, including individual radicalization, US foreign fighter activity, disengagement and de-radicalization, and bias crime
  • Managing and mentoring interns tasked with data collection and coding for PIRUS
  • Training new team members and interns on coding practices for PIRUS as needed
  • Performing routine quality control assessments of coded data
  • Identifying individuals for inclusion in the database and source collection
  • Supporting analysis tasks, including basic statistics, case study research/writing, and report development

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ years systematic data collection and/or coding experience
  • Training in statistics and research methods
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, including the use of pivot tables, formulas, and data sorting/filtering
  • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze a large number of source documents in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ years project/team management experience
  • Research experience related to terrorism and political violence
  • Experience with statistical software, such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R
  • Training in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods, including multivariate regression analysis, process tracing, and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA)

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $40,000-$45,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at http://ter.ps/2by). The person selected for this position will work on site at START’s headquarters in College Park, Maryland and will report to the PIRUS Lead Investigator.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and 3-5 page writing sample via email (with subject line “PIRUS Junior Researcher”) to pirus@start.umd.edu. Applicants should also provide contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by May 20, 2018 for best consideration.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.