Project Co-Director Terrorism Survey Data Archive Project

Posted to IASSIST on: 2007-04-04

Employer: University of Maryland, ICPSR, U.S. Department of Homeland Secur


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.


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. 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.

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.

Archived on: 2007-05-30