GIS Postdoctoral Opportunity at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

GIS Postdoctoral Researcher


September 25, 2015


Jobs at START


The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is now hiring a postdoctoral researcher (University Rank: Postdoctoral Associate) to work at START’s headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is a full-time position, with an initial term of one year (starting in September 2015), with continued employment contingent on new projects being awarded.


START supports the social science research efforts of an international network of scholars committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.  The GIS Team supports this research through geospatial tools and analysis. The successful candidate must possess a solid understanding the principles and practices of planning, developing, managing, and implementing GIS-related research projects. The position will focus on web-GIS, algorithms and programming, and the use of big data. The candidate will collaborate with the GIS Senior Researcher on grant-funded GIS projects related to cutting-edge geospatial research directed toward counterterrorism and national security.  Focus will be on working with junior staff to teach web-GIS, publishing START GIS research, and overseeing grant-funded research. The position will be approximately 80% research, 20% educational enrichment of junior staff/interns.

Projects focus on:

  • Web-based GIS
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Network analysis/graph theory
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Quantitative data collection and analysis, including both basic and advanced statistics
  • The design, modeling and development of relational data models.
  • Database compilation

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or ABD in relevant discipline (Geography, Geoinformatics, Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, etc.)
  • Research experience related to and utilizing web GIS and ESRI suite.
  • Ability to designs, construct, test, and implement GIS models using model builder and/or python.
  • Ability to review requests for scope of work and proposals
  • Flexibility to switch topic areas and tasking as projects require
  • U.S. Person (citizen or permanent resident) status required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with various programming languages (C++, Java, Javscript, C#, Visual Basic.NET, Python, HTML5, CSS)
  • Experience with visualization of complex data
  • Advanced experience with R statistical package and geospatial packages
  • Experience with open-source GIS software and applications (i.e. QGIS, PostGIS, Postgresql)
  • Substantive research related to terrorism studies
  • Superior writing and presentation abilities

Additional Considerations

  • Scholarly work (articles, books, etc.) and presentations on project-relevant topics
  • Research experience in a professional environment
  • Previous budgeting or contracting experience

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $60,000 to $65,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at 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 START’s GIS Senior Researcher.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Candidates are encouraged to apply by September 25, 2015 for best consideration.

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, 2-page writing sample and three references to Josh House at with “GIS Post Doc” as the subject line.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.