Research Assistant, Internet & Technology

Pew Research Center Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 months ago

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 170.

Position Summary

The Research Assistant is a position within the Pew Research Center's Internet & Technology team which produces reports exploring the impact of the internet and technology on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. Key topics include: technology use, social networking and social media, mobile connectivity, and digitally-relevant policy issues such as privacy, cybersecurity and harassment. In this position, the Center is particularly interested in candidates who are immersed in digital life, understanding the emergent social and political activities that occur on social media and in other text- and voice-based interfaces.

Research Assistants are involved in all aspects of the survey research process within the Internet team, including questionnaire development, data management, statistical analysis, quality control, reporting of survey results, and data visualization. For all of these tasks, attention to detail and individual judgment are critical. This position works closely with other researchers on staff and reports to the Associate Director for Research.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Data management.

  • Creating tables and charts in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Building and checking toplines.

  • Statistical analysis of survey data.

  • Coding responses to open-end questions.

  • Questionnaire development, research and quality control.

Education/Training/Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Background in data management and analysis required.

  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Experience with SPSS or other statistical software.

  • Background in Social Science preferred.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Background in internet and technology topics -- at the policy level and the level of being observant of digital life activities, trends, and emergent technologies

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

  • Strong verbal, written and graphical communications skills.

  • Detail oriented and ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.

  • Ability to work well in a team setting.

  • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Application Procedure

Applicant should apply electronically and include a rsum, and cover letter.

The Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew Research considers qualified applicants for employment 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.


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