Job: Research Assistant, Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center’s Pew Hispanic Center and Social & Demographic Trends project

Organization Overview
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; analyzing news coverage; and holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues. Its work is carried out by a “Core” administrative and publishing unit and these seven projects:

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (people-press.org) led by Andrew Kohut
Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (journalism.org) led by Tom Rosenstiel
Pew Internet & American Life Project (pewinternet.org) led by Lee Rainie
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (pewforum.org) led by Luis Lugo
Pew Hispanic Center (pewhispanic.org) led by Paul Taylor
Pew Global Attitudes Project (pewglobal.org) led by Andrew Kohut
Pew Social & Demographic Trends (pewsocialtrends.org) led by Paul Taylor

Pew Research Center’s Pew Hispanic Center and Social & Demographic Trends project

The Pew Hispanic Center seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. It conducts social science research, including demographic and economic analyses, and fields national surveys of the Latino population. The Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic analysis.

Position Summary

The Research Assistant will support the Pew Research Center’s Pew Hispanic Center and Social & Demographic Trends project. The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant is to tabulate and analyze survey data collected by these two Pew Research projects and data from other sources, such as the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey. The Research Assistant will work in support of, and under the direction of, senior research staff in developing statistical analysis and the presentation of data for the Center’s publications. The data analysis will support research in the Center’s primary areas of interest, including demography, sociology, economics, education, political science and survey research.

Primary Responsibilities
Statistical Analysis (55%): Tabulate and analyze data from surveys and other social science databases.

Preparation of reports and presentations (40%): Assist in preparing Center reports and presentations; including preparation of charts and tables, and number checking.

Field outside queries (5%): Respond to media inquires and inquires from other outside parties.

Education/Training/Experience

  • B.A. degree is required with a concentration in the social sciences, particularly in demography, sociology, political science or economics.
  • Coursework in statistics or experience with statistical analysis required.
  • Preference will be given to relevant research or on-the-job experience, such as the application of statistical analysis to problems in the social sciences and the use of Excel, Word, statistical software and/or other programs.
  • Prior experience working with survey data or other large micro datasets is desirable.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Familiarity and experience with research on social and demographic issues is preferred.
  • Proven facility with statistical methods, including multivariate analyses, and an ability to apply programming and statistical tools to analyze large datasets are required.
  • Thorough knowledge of SPSS, STATA and/or SAS, Excel, Word and other programming skills are essential to job performance.
  • Knowledge of survey methods is preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately on deadline.
  • Ability to synthesize materials for senior staff.
  • Knowledge of how to display data in easy-to-understand ways in tables and charts.
  • Knowledge of Spanish is desirable but not required.

Application Procedure
Applicant should send a complete résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) and salary expectations to:

Ms. April McWilliams
Human Resources Director
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Responses can also be faxed to 202-419-4339 or e-mailed to careers@pewresearch.org

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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