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Job Announcement: Research Associate in STS at Pew Research Center

by Lyn

Research Associate, Science & Technology

Organization Overview

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of 130.

Position Summary

The Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Associate to support its expanded portfolio of science research. The Research Associate will be part of a team that conducts surveys of the general population and elites, collects and analyzes Big Data and other non-survey data about science and society, the work of scientists, and their engagement with the public. The Research Associate assists in background research and literature reviews of prospective research subject, helps design research projects, manages data collection, performs statistical analysis, writes research reports, produces charts and tables and other visual representations of data, fact checks data, and responds to public inquiries about the data and findings. The Research Associate will also be expected to write regular blog posts about Pew Research data and other data-related research by other organizations. Ultimately the job is a mixture of the production of very visible deliverables and a lot of work in the trenches to meet the needs of meeting public demands and working through exacting quality control review.

Primary Responsibilities

Project Development and Management (20%)

  • Help draft project proposals
  • Monitor and track project timelines
  • Coordinate team assignments
  • Communicate with vendors and advisors

Data analysis and Writing (35%)

  • Conduct analysis of survey and non-survey data
  • Gather data from APIs and secondary sources for analysis
  • Prepare toplines, cross-tabulations and other data summaries
  • Write research reports (or blog posts)
  • Prepare tables and charts and other info-graphics

Communication (10%)

  • Prepare press releases and social media content related to research reports
  • Respond to external requests for information
  • Prepare and present research findings

Project design and development (15%)

  • Conduct background research and trend analysis
  • Propose research topics
  • Design survey questions or data queries
  • Identify and evaluate research vendors or data providers

Quality control (20%)

  • Fact-check and number-check reports
  • Check trends and context issues on questionnaires
  • Assess sampling performance and data quality
  • Prepare datasets for public release
  • Science & technology policy focus, especially public attitudes about important and urgent science issues, how ideas are communicated and spread, how elite and activist communities perform, and related social science fields strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred
  • Proven experience with quantitative analysis; facility with SPSS, Stata, R, Hadoop or other statistical software
  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including logistic and multiple regression
  • Experience managing research projects
  • Familiarity with one or more scientific fields is highly desirable
  • Quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS, Stata and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality of all work products
  • Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form
  • Skilled in project development and management
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from across Pew Research Center and outside organizations


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Application Procedure

Applicants should email a complete resume, cover letter (including where you learned of the opening), and salary expectation to

Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.