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Student Assistant Openings for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Unit: Center for Latin American & Latino Studies
Semester: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Hourly Rate: $15
Work Hours per Week: 10-25, as needed
Job Description:
The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research to enrich understanding of Latin America and of Latino communities in the U.S. CLALS is hiring graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Graduate Research Assistants will be expected to provide research, administrative, and logistical support for the Center’s Director, Faculty, Staff, and Fellows, as called upon. Responsibilities will likely include: preparation of literature reviews, assisting with collection and processing of project data, interview transcription, preparation of book indexes, and supporting the organization of meetings and public events, among other tasks.

Candidates must be students in good standing in one of American University’s programs. Preference will be given to candidates who are studying fields related to Latin America and/or Latino communities in the U.S., and have strong Spanish-language skills. Applicants must show attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and have the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines. Excellent research, writing, and editing ability are essential along with good computer and IT skills.

Send resume and cover letter to Dennis Stinchcomb, Assistant Director for Research at the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies: denniss@american.edu.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Title: Graduate Research Assistant, Project on Transnational Criminal Networks in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay
Unit: Center for Latin American & Latino Studies
Semester: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Hourly Rate: $15
Work Hours per Week: 15 hours
Job Description:
The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research to enrich understanding of Latin America and of Latino communities in the U.S. CLALS is hiring two graduate student assistants to provide research support for a project during the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note: hiring for this project will be contingent upon funding.

The graduate assistants will provide coordinated support for a Center project concerned with mapping transnational organized crime networks in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Under the direct supervision of the project’s director and principal investigator, they will also be responsible for the collection, classification, and initial analysis of varieties of publicly available or open-source data about transnational criminal networks in these three countries. Working closely with the project’s leaders, this will include a comprehensive review of available information on these networks, to include governmental and non-governmental sources, press coverage, publicly available databases, maps, court decisions, company records, and state contracts, among other sources. The graduate assistants may also be called upon for other kinds of administrative and logistical support as the need arises.

Candidates must be a student in good standing in one of American University’s graduate programs. Preference will be given to candidates who are studying fields related to Latin America, and have strong Spanish-language and/or Portuguese-language skills. Candidates should be familiar with social scientific methodologies, efficient with complex desktop research tasks, able to think strategically and analytically about processes of data collection, and able to independently execute project-specific tasks. More generally, strong candidates should show attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and have the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines. Candidates must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis software is desirable.

Email resume and cover letter to Robert Albro, Research Associate Professor for the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies: albro@american.edu.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Title: Graduate Research Assistant, Project on Clandestine Wildlife Trafficking and Illegal Logging in Latin America
Unit: Center for Latin American & Latino Studies
Semester: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Hourly Rate: $15
Work Hours per Week: 15 hours
Job Description:
The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) engages scholars and practitioners to promote cutting-edge research to enrich understanding of Latin America and of Latino communities in the U.S. CLALS is hiring one graduate student assistant to collect open-source data and provide general support for a funded Center project during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The graduate assistant will provide coordinated support for a funded Center project concerned with mapping wildlife trafficking and illegal logging throughout Latin America. Under the direct supervision of the project’s director and principal investigator, they will also be responsible for the collection, classification, and initial analysis of varieties of publicly available or open-source data about wildlife trafficking and logging in select Latin American countries. Working closely with the project’s leaders, this will include a comprehensive review of available information on these two illicit industries, to include governmental and non-governmental sources, press coverage, and potentially including maps, court decisions, company records and state contracts, among other sources. The graduate assistant may also be called upon for other kinds of administrative and logistical support as the need arises.

Candidates must be a student in good standing in one of American University’s graduate programs. Preference will be given to candidates who are studying fields related to Latin America, and have strong Spanish-language skills. Candidates should be familiar with social scientific methodologies, efficient with complex desktop research tasks, able to think strategically and analytically about processes of data collection, and able to independently execute project-specific tasks. More generally, strong candidates should show attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and have the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines. Candidates must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis software is desirable.

Email resume and cover letter to Robert Albro, Research Associate Professor for the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies: albro@american.edu.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.