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Junior Researchers (3), Global Terrorism Database (GTD)


Junior Researchers (3), Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

Deadline: 
April 23, 2017
Type: 
Jobs at START

Description

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring up to three Junior Researchers to work on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. These are full-time positions, with an initial term of 12 months (starting in June/July 2017), contingent on funding.

Responsibilities

The GTD consists of unclassified data on more than 150,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred worldwide since 1970. It supports a wide range of users, including government, academia, media, and the general public. GTD Junior Researchers perform a variety of tasks to assist in the ongoing collection and coding of terrorism event data. These tasks may include:

  • Establishing expertise on data collection and coding practices for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Training new team members and interns on coding practices for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Managing a team of interns tasked with data coding for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Routine quality control assessments of coded data for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Systematic identification of terrorist attacks in source documents; writing incident summaries

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ year(s) 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 documents in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ year(s) project/team management experience
  • Research experience related to terrorism and political violence
  • Experience with statistical software, such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R
  • Advanced knowledge of coding practices for the GTD or similar database(s)

The annual salary for these positions will be in the range of $45,000-$50,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at http://ter.ps/2by). The people selected for the positions will work on site at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will report to the GTD Program Manager.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and one page writing sample via email (with subject line “GTD Junior Researcher”) to gtd@start.umd.edu. Applicants should also note where they learned about this position and provide contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 23, 2017 for best consideration. Due to the June/July start date, preference will be given to candidates who are currently authorized to work in the United States.

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