The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project publishes The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., the definitive edition of King's most historically significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, and unpublished manuscripts. The Project seeks a full-time research assistant to support and facilitate the publication of the documentary editions of the King Papers by: (1) conducting research necessary to prepare document annotations, a chronology of King's activities, and the introductory essay for the manuscript of each volume, including but not limited to biographical, organizational, and microfilm-based research; (2) verification of accuracy of document transcriptions; (3) editing and proofreading the manuscript; (4) sorting incoming documents according to historical significance and priority for cataloguing; (5) acquiring documents for possible publication; (6) obtaining copyright permission agreements to publish documents and photographs in the volumes of King's papers; (7) assisting in the compilation of the calendar of documents; (8) working with editors to ensure accuracy of web-based materials.
The position also includes working with the other research assistants to recruit, train, and coordinate student researchers; to help plan and implement the summer internship program; to assist in verification of data entry in the web-accessible database of King-authored and other historically relevant documents; process audio/visual materials for Project's web-accessible database, including digitizing of audio/visual and print material for web access; to participate in planning Project events such as the annual King Holiday commemoration; and to carry out public relations tasks, including responding to outside research requests.
This is a two-year fixed term position.
Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.
Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
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