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Position SummaryPew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Assistant to support its growing portfolio of international survey research on religion and public life. The Research Assistant will be part of the Religion research team, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs in the U.S. and around the world through public opinion surveys, demographic studies and other social science research.
The Research Assistant supports all aspects of the religion team's international survey research agenda. This position works closely with other researchers on staff and reports to the Associate Director for Research.
Data cleaning, maintaining and reviewing internal files and databases
Creating tables and charts in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Number checking, fact checking, proofing
Compiling and analyzing data from other surveys and the census
Assisting with questionnaire development
Coordinate the translation and checking of questionnaires
Performing background research
Assisting with basic statistical analysis and research
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS and other statistical programs to produce descriptive tables
Background in best practices in questionnaire development, translation processes and testing
Interest in international affairs, particularly in issues concerning religion and the intersection of religion and public life
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously
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 Pew's style in both verbal and written form
Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other religion 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
Ability to communicate in another language is a strong plus
B.A. degree is required, with concentration in political science, sociology, economics or related field
Strong quantitative skills, background in data management and analysis preferred
Experience with statistical software, such as SPSS and Stata
Background in social science research preferred
Applications will be reveiwed on a rolling basis until July 31, 2019, after which the application window will close.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew 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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