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Post-Doc Opportunity for Information Management Expert for Data Archive

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START, a DHS Center of Excellence) and the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seek a post-doctoral researcher to assist in establishing the Terrorism Data Resource Center (TDRC).

The TDRC is forthcoming archive housing national and international data and related research materials about terrorism and homeland security and preparedness. Included within the TDRC will be the Terrorism and Preparedness Survey Archive, focused on data from relevant surveys conducted around the world. This post-doctoral opportunity will focus on facilitating research through finding, documenting, and integrating data collected in different contexts. The National Institute of Justice, DHS, and the National Science Foundation support the TDRC.

JOB DUTIES: While stationed at ICPSR, the post-doc will work collaboratively with scientist and archive staff across ICPSR and START to develop and implement the internet based information technology necessary to improves access and use of this collection. The Post-doc will work with ICPSR staff and in consultation with START staff on meta-data classification efforts, and conduct user testing and analyses using data from the archives.. This individual will fulfill the archive design and programming component.

MINIMAL QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in information science, computer science, or a related field is preferred, other advanced graduate students may also be considered. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a scholar/developer with a background in using emerging digital repository and data management technologies (Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMs), knowledge of information architecture, meta-data standards, HTML/XML/ XSLT, and digital repository technologies and experience programming in Perl/cgi or java/tomcat in a Linux environment for deployment. Additionally, it would be helpful to have experience working with social science data.

Fraction of Time: This position is a full time appointment for 12 months starting ASAP. The salary and benefits are funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), in support of START's research mission. The selected candidate will work at ICPSR in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will be classified at the University of Michigan as a Research Scholar Trainee.

Reporting: This position has a dual reporting structure, reporting to Christopher Maxwell who directs the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data and the Terrorism Data Research Center at ICPSR and to Kathleen Smarick, Executive Director of START at the University of Maryland. The selected candidate will work in conjunction with a post-doctoral researcher currently stationed at the University of Maryland in College Park. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and a resume to the following address by Friday, April 13: Human Resources ICPSR/Institute for Social Research P.O. Box 1248 Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248 or email Careers@icpsr.umich.edu . Questions about the position should be directed to Kathleen Smarick at kjsmarick@start.umd.edu or 301 405 6600, or Christopher Maxwell at cmaxwell@umich.edu or 734-615-6940.