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Migration/Immigration Research Assistant

Migration/Immigration Research Assistant

September 20, 2019
Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is looking to hire a part-time research assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. START will conduct research on migration and immigration in the Northern Triangle as part of an externally-funded research opportunity. The successful applicant will assist in Spanish language translation, reading, and editing tasks, coding or preparation of qualitative data, cleaning and preparing quantitative and/or spatial data, report content generation and proofing, and other research and deliverable-related tasks.

The goal of the project is to investigate trends in economic and humanitarian emigrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador). The research seeks to understand why, when, and how people from the Northern Triangle choose to immigrate to Panama or Costa Rica, and to understand the capacities and support available in these countries. The project will employ spatial analysis, quantitative/statistical analysis, and qualitative interview-based research methodologies to address these questions.  The research is being funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

The position is open to all and will be directly supervised by the Senior Researcher for this project. This is an hourly, part-time position (15-20 hours per week) with an anticipated start date the week of October 14, 2019. The position is currently slated as a 12-month position. This position is contingent upon receipt of funds for the research.


  • Spanish language translation, reading, and editing
  • Organization and preparation of interview transcripts for qualitative analysis
  • Editing, citations, and proofreading for deliverable reports and project updates
  • Collection and preparation of open-source data for analysis
  • Other project tasks as necessary

Minimum Qualifications

  • Spanish language fluency required
  • Knowledge of qualitative analysis methodologies
  • Pro-active communicator with a can-do attitude
  • Familiarity with tabular data
  • Extremely well organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task in an often fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current graduate student or recent graduate with BA/BS preferred
  • Proficiency with Envivo
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Experience with spatial analysis/GIS
  • Experience in statistical analysis with political and economic data in Stata/SPSS/R
  • Knowledge of or experience with international migration and immigration research


The hourly rate for this position will be $18 per hour. The position is not eligible for benefits.

To Apply 

Please send a cover letter highlighting your research skills and experience, a resume, and if applicable, a summary of a qualitative research project you have completed (maximum two pages) to Katy Lindquist (klindqui@umd.edu). Please put “Migration/Immigrant Research Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For best consideration, apply by September 20, 2019. No phone calls please.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.