Asst Res Sci

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 113481
Title: Assistant Research Scientist
Functional Title: Asst Res Sci
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: BSOS-Government & Politics
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland – College Park seeks to fill the position of Assistant Research Scientist.

The individual hired for the Assistant Research Scientist position will be expected to collaborate closely with the Director of CIDCM on two newly funded projects. The two projects center on studying contemporary armed insurgencies and the consequences of such conflicts on civilian populations with a focus on the displacement of civilian populations. These two projects will provide funding for an Assistant Research Scientist for a two year period.

The Director of CIDCM is looking to hire an individual with specific expertise in a) cutting-edge statistical methodologies of matching for causal inference as well as forecasting in the social sciences, b) designing cutting-edge methods and tools for the collection, coding, and analysis of conflict event data, including the ability to develop new software programs for collecting and coding event data , c) social science literatures on rebel groups, counter-insurgency, civilian victimization, and population displacement in armed conflicts, d) supervising the research assistant work of graduate and undergraduate students, and e) writing quantitative-oriented papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Qualifications:

The position requires a PhD in a social science discipline and at least two years of post-PhD professional experience in a post-doc or research-related position. The candidate should have very strong quantitative and statistical methodology expertise in matching methods, regression analyses, and forecasting. Additionally, the candidate should have experience in collecting and coding event data and working with quantitative data sets. The candidate should also have subject matter expertise in the areas central to the two projects at CIDCM on armed insurgencies and/or population displacement. The candidate should have an active research agenda in relevant subject matter areas and a record of publications and/or work-in progress related to armed insurgencies and/or civilian victimization during armed conflicts.


PhD in relevant social science field, cutting-edge skills in quantitative analyses for causal inference using matching methods, advanced regression methods including mediation analysis, and advanced forecasting methods. In addition, excellent skills in using R programming language, collecting and coding conflict event data, familiarity and experience in working with data sets from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, proven track-record of supervising the collection and coding of original data related to armed conflict, and strong substantive expertise in subject matter of projects.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 01/30/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 02/13/2018
Physical Demands

This position is mostly sedentary in an office setting. Occasional travel required for projects.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Writing Sample 1
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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