American Association for Public Opinion Research

International Methodologist

Pew Research Center
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
7 days ago


Position Summary

The Research Methodologist works directly with the Associate Director of International Research Methods and the International Methods team in shaping the Center's approach to cross-national survey projects, implementing methodological experiments and providing technical guidance on how to design, implement and analyze public opinion surveys with complex samples in a wide range of countries using multiple modes. Core elements of the position include ensuring data quality through assessment of substantive and paradata (e.g., survey outcome rates, contact data and time stamps), harmonizing study designs and protocols across countries, assessing weighting strategies based on available data and country-specific contexts, and exploring more efficient modes of data collection without compromising data quality.

Research Methodologists are involved in all aspects of the survey research process on the Center's international projects including proposal reviews and vendor evaluations, sample designs, questionnaire development, interviewer training, fieldwork monitoring, quality control and data weighting. The following tasks are a part of regular activities: working with vendors to create sample designs for nationally representative samples, checking sample draws, creating and reviewing the use of appropriate disposition codes to accurately track fieldwork progress, working with project teams to monitor ongoing data collection and reviewing and finalizing weighted datasets. For all these tasks, attention to detail and individual judgment are critical.

The advertised position reports to the Associate Director of International Research Methods and works closely with colleagues across the Center to ensure that all international projects utilize the latest methods and uphold Pew Research Center's standards for transparency, rigor and accuracy.

Primary Responsibilities

- Serving as a methodological consultant to international research teams across the Center to provide best practice advice at various stages in the research process, including overall study design, sampling, questionnaire development, data collection, sample performance, weighting, analysis and reporting

- Assisting with the development and execution of an international methodological research agenda for the organization

- Managing methodological projects from background research to specific design, implementation and analysis elements

- Reporting results from methodological research in publications, such as the Center's Decoded blog, and presenting analyses to internal and external audiences

- Working with colleagues to assess mode viability within countries, identify qualified in-country vendors, draft Requests for Proposals, select vendors and draft Statements of Work

- Designing appropriate and accurate data weights for complex multistage samples

- Conducting independent data analysis or in collaboration with Center colleagues

- Writing methodology sections for reports and related materials to support public understanding of the methodologies used

- Standardizing design approaches, quality controls, measurement and data analysis across Center cross-national projects

- Maintaining familiarity with and understanding of the latest developments in international survey methodology

- Developing a reputation for expertise in one or more methodological areas

- Sharing information effectively and collegially with colleagues across research teams and throughout the Center


- Required: Master’s degree in survey methodology, statistics or quantitative social science field

- Required: Minimum of two (2) years of applied survey methodology experience in a professional setting

- Required: Demonstrable background and expertise in data management and analysis

- Required: Experience with SPSS, Stata, R or other statistical software

- Preferred: International survey research experience

- Preferred: Proven track record of successful methodological instruction, collaboration and innovation

- Preferred: Project management experience

Knowledge & Skills Requirements

- Background in social science research, especially survey and other social science methods

- Strong quantitative and statistical skills, including strong facility with SPSS, Stata, R or other statistical tools

- Experience in designing first- and second-stage weights for complex samples strongly preferred

- Experience in using advanced statistical analysis techniques, such as logistic regression, hierarchical linear models and experimental design

- Experience in cross-national survey design a plus

- Detail-oriented approach with rigorous standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work

- Ability to work well both independently and in a team setting with minimal supervision and direction

- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to distill complex, technical information to a lay audience and provide leadership in technical areas

- Clear interest and capacity to train and develop skills in others

- Ability to successfully carry out projects from start to finish- Proven ability to communicate research methodology and survey results clearly, concisely and error-free to a variety of audiences and stakeholders

- Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines

FLSA Status: Exempt

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64039689
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: International Methodologist
  • Company Name For Job: Pew Research Center
  • Industry: Non-Profit / Charity
  • Job Function: Research (non-survey)
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $100,000.00 - $100,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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