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

Now Hiring: Researcher/Project Manager

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is launching a new project and is seeking a faculty researcher/project manager to work at START's headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is a full-time position, with an initial term of 12 months (starting in Summer 2009). The project will involve several interrelated studies, all focused on the systematic examination of planning for catastrophic events in a variety of localities around the United States. In support of this overall project goal, the Faculty Researcher/Project Manager will be responsible for:

Leading research efforts to assess planning in and around UASI cities

  • Developing metrics for assessing planning for catastrophic events at a regional level
  • Identifying and collecting needed data to conduct assessments across regions
  • Analyzing the relevant data to generate conclusions and findings about the state of plans and the planning processes for catastrophic events
  • Generating reports and presentations based on these analyses

Research project management

  • Coordinating efforts of researchers at Maryland and its partner institutions that are funded through this initiative
  • Serving as a point of contact with FEMA to provide regular updates on research
  • Developing and implementing strategies for integrating research findings across related projects

The Faculty Researcher/Project Manager will also have the option to teach at the University of Maryland during the course of this position. Qualified applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience conducting research related to emergency management (preference given to those with experience especially in planning for catastrophic events)
  • Training and/or experience in program or policy evaluation
  • Strong knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to manage complex projects and tasks
  • Master's degree in relevant field required (Ph.D. preferred)

The annual salary for this position will be $55,000 to $59,000, plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at http://www.uhr.umd.edu/documents/new_hire_overview_exempt-faculty_rev_112508.pdf). The person selected for this position will work on site at START's headquarters on campus at the University of Maryland, College Park, and will report to the Executive Director of START. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and CV via email (with subject line "Faculty Researcher/Project Manager") to START Executive Director Kathleen Smarick at kjsmarick@start.umd.edu. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by May 31, 2009, for best consideration. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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