A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Senior Research Associate

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research and education center based at the University of Maryland, College Park, and involving faculty, researchers, and students from more than 40 institutions around the world. With grant funding and contracts from a range of sources, including but not limited to the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, START supports the conduct of original research that applies the theories and methods of social science to the study of the human causes and consequences of terrorism and works to transition findings from this research to a broad community of scholars, students, homeland security professionals, and interested members of the public.

START is currently seeking to hire a Senior Research Associate with specialization in political instability to work with a partner institution in Washington, DC. This is a non-tenure track faculty position, with a one-year contract, renewable through June 2016. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison between START and the partner institution and will work most days at the partner's site in Washington, DC, to assist in the construction of systems for measuring and tracking political instability and providing qualitative and/or quantitative research support on sub-national, national, and international political trends.

Minimum Qualifications for Position:

  • At least seven years of research experience;
  • Training and/or experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Substantive knowledge of the theory and measurement of political instability.

Preferred Qualifications for Position:

  • Ph.D. in a social-science discipline related to the study of political instability;
  • Substantive knowledge of the political situation in one or more countries in Africa, the Middle East, and/or Asia;
  • Substantive knowledge in one or more subject areas related to political instability (such as ethnic conflict, civil war, terrorism, genocide, international crisis, and/or election-related violence);
  • Experience in the creation, building and maintenance of datasets;
  • Experience in open-source data collection.

The rank for this position is open and the salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant's level of experience, starting at $85,000. The successful applicant for this position will be entitled to the full University of Maryland benefits and leave package, as described at http://www.uhr.umd.edu/employment/benefits_summary.cfm.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to the University of Maryland's online job application system, at http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56354. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by COB, Thursday, February 16, 2012.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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