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Pew Research Center
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
less than an hour ago


Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Associate on the following teams:

Science and Society

Media and News

Family Demography

Primary Responsibilities

Survey design and questionnaire development

  • Draft survey questions and lead questionnaire development process

  • Identify and compile trend questions

  • Seek feedback on draft questionnaires from external academic advisors and other experts

Data analysis

  • Conduct advanced analyses of survey datasets and secondary data sources

  • Prepare toplines and tab plans

  • Analyze and assess key findings

  • Prepare tables and charts

Writing and communication

  • Write research reports and blog posts that distill complex findings for a general audience

  • Respond to external and internal requests for information

  • Present research findings to external audiences

Project Planning and Management

  • Map out project plans

  • Set and adhere to deadlines and deliverables

  • Keep colleagues and senior staff informed

  • Coordinate with outside vendors, including overseeing development of contracts when necessary 

Quality Control

  • Fact-check and number-check reports

  • Check questionnaires

  • Prepare dataset for public release



  • BA required, advanced degree preferred; degree in the social sciences such as sociology, political science, or related field.

  • 5-9 years of research experience, with at least 3-5 years of specialized research and analysis experience expected.  Often includes significant graduate training in statistics and research methods or equivalent experience in an applied setting.

  • Proven ability to conduct rigorous data analysis, including substantial experience with SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software

  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis

  • Training or experience in studying attitudinal, behavioral or demographic research related to social, economic and political change

  • Experience in helping manage research projects, including working collaboratively with other researchers

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Background in survey questionnaire development and testing

  • Strong quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data

  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products

  • Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form

  • Demonstrated skills in project development and management

  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other team members, as well as with staff from other Pew Research Center teams and outside organizations

  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet tight deadlines while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research

FLSA Status: Exempt


  • This position is based in Washington, DC.  The Center operates in a hybrid model, meaning that starting no later than January 2022, staff will be expected to work in the office at least 2 days/week, and can work from home up to 3 days/week. 

Application Procedure:

Applicant should use the link above to apply online. Please attach a resume AND cover letter indicating your relevant research experiences. Applications that do not include a cover letter will be considered incomplete.

Total Rewards 

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards packagethat includes: 

  • Affordable, comprehensive health, dental and vision plans 

  • Generous paid time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal and family leave 

  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year. 

  • A robust wellness program that includes an annual allowance. 


Pew Research Center makes employment decisions without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We champion inclusion, diversity and equity, and wencourage applications from candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59427706
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Research Associate
  • Company Name: Pew Research Center
  • Industry: Survey Research
  • Job Function: Survey Research-Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: None

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