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General Associate, Global Terrorism Database (GTD)


General Associate, Global Terrorism Database (GTD)

Deadline: 
December 7, 2015
Type: 
Jobs at START

Description

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a General Associate to work on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is an hourly, part-time position, with an initial term of six months (starting in January 2016).

Responsibilities

The GTD consists of unclassified data on more than 140,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred worldwide since 1970. It supports a wide range of users, including government, academia, media, and the general public. GTD General Associates are responsible for performing a variety of tasks meant to assist in the ongoing collection and coding of terrorism event data. These tasks include:

  • Establishing expertise on data collection and coding practices for the GTD
  • Routine quality control assessments of coded data
  • Identification of terrorism events in source documents and writing incident summaries

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ year systematic data collection and/or coding experience
  • Training in statistics and research methods
  • Proficiency with MS Excel
  • Demonstrable analytical and writing skills
  • Ability to manage tasks and meet strict deadlines
  • 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
  • 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 hourly rate of pay for this position will be in the range of $15.00 - $20.00 (depending on education and experience). The person selected for this position 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 General Associate”) to gtd@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 December 7, 2015 for best consideration.

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