At Giant Oak, we see data differently. We look behind the numbers to see individuals and communities. We seek to observe and describe the world; and we take advantage of data generation, storage, aggregation, and visualization technologies. We apply social science to big data environments to identify illicit actions, actors, and networks. Our goal is to do our part to make the world a better, freer, and more secure place.
Giant Oak seeks students to serve as part-time Research Assistants. Each Research Assistant will conduct research and data collection to support the development of a software tool used by government and private sector clients to identify security threats through domain specific indexing and search capabilities. Research Assistants will conduct data evaluations that provide crucial input to the development and improvement of the software. This includes coding data used to develop text models that predict whether given pieces of open source information are about certain topics such as terrorism or international fugitives and assisting the science team in creating custom domains for clients. In addition, Research Assistants will work on a variety of other projects involving financial threats, insurgency, crime, and terrorism.
Enthusiasm to work hard and achieve results in a fast-paced environment
Ability to work both autonomously and in constant collaboration with teammates, colleagues, and external contacts
Strong analytical and research skills
Desire to delve into details to understand how they fit into the big picture
Proven ability to use the internet for research
Discretion for sensitive information
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work a varied schedule based on the needs of the people or team you support (Note: some nights and weekends required)
Must be eligible for a U.S. Security Clearance
Educational background in Social Science, Engineering, or Computer Science