Job: Faculty Research Assistant — Global Terrorism Database, University of College Park, Maryland

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Job: Faculty Research Assistant — Global Terrorism Database, University of College Park, Maryland

Cross-posted from START UMD:  http://start.umd.edu/start/announcements/announcement.asp?id=512

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Faculty Research Assistant — Global Terrorism Database

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring 2-3 faculty research assistants to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. These are full-time positions, with an initial term of 12 months (starting in May/June), contingent on funding.

Responsibilities: 
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) consists of unclassified data on over 100,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred worldwide since 1970. It supports a wide range of users, including government, academia, media, and the general public. GTD Research Assistants 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 a specific domain of the GTD
  • Managing a team of interns tasked with data coding for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Training new team members and interns on coding practices for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Performing routine quality control assessments of coded data for a specific domain of the GTD
  • Identifying terrorism events in source documents and writing incident summaries

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in discipline related to terrorism and political violence
  • 1+ years systematic data collection and/or coding experience
  • Training in statistics and research methods
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, including the use of pivot tables, formulas, and data sorting/filtering
  • 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
  • 1+ years project/team management experience
  • Research experience related to terrorism and political violence
  • Experience with statistical software, such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more GTD domain areas, such as the perpetrators of terrorism, the weapons and tactics of terrorism, or geography and geospatial analysis

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $40,000-$45,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at http://ter.ps/2by). 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 directly to the GTD Project Manager.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and one page writing sample via email (with subject line “GTD Faculty Research Assistant”) to gtd(at)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 May 8, 2013 for best consideration.

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

 

Scholarship: OPEC Fund for International Development Master’s Degree Scholarship

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Scholarship: OPEC Fund for International Development Master’s Degree Scholarship

Cross-posted from OFID:  http://scholarship.ofid.info/DesktopDefault.aspx

OFID SCHOLARSHIP AWARD 2013/14

OFID (The OPEC Fund for International Development) is pleased to announce that qualified applicants who have obtained or are on the verge of completing their undergraduate degree and who wish to study for a Master’s degree are welcome to apply for the OFID Scholarship 2013. The OFID Scholarship will be awarded to support students or candidates for Master’s degree studies. The applicant must be from a developing country, and he/she must first obtain admission to pursue a Master’s (graduate) degree in any recognized university/college in the world. The Scholarship is open to those students who wish to pursue studies in a relevant field of Development or Energy Studies.

Through its scholarship scheme, OFID aims to help highly motivated, highly-driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers – the cost of graduate studies. The winner of the OFID Scholarship Award will receive a tuition support of up to US$50,000. The funds will be spread over a maximum of one year, toward the completion of a Master’s degree, or its equivalent, at an accredited educational institution, starting in the autumn of the academic year 2013.
Click  http://scholarship.ofid.info/DesktopDefault.aspx for details on the scholarship.