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Junior Researcher - National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

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Organization Information
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is supported in part by the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through a Center of Excellence program based at the University of Maryland. START uses state‐of‐the‐art theories, methods and data from the social and behavioral sciences to improve understanding of the origins, dynamics and social and psychological impacts of terrorism. For more information, contact infostart@start.umd.edu or visit www.start.umd.edu.

Location - 8400 Baltimore Ave. Suite 250, College Park MD 20740    

Job 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 May 2015).  These responsibilities include:

  • Establishing expertise on data collection and coding practices for a specific domain of the GTD

  • Managing and mentoring interns tasked with data coding for a specific domain of the GTD

  • Training new team members and interns on coding practices for a specific domain of the GTD

  • Routine quality control assessments of coded data for a specific domain of the GTD

  • Identifying terrorism events in source documents and writing incident summaries

Job Qualifications 
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

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

  • Advanced knowledge of coding practices for the GTD or similar database(s)

The annual salary for these positions 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 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.

How to Apply
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.

Deadline - Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2015 for best consideration.