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; science and society; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center’s work is carried out by a staff of about 140.

Position Overview

The Data Scientist will be part of the Data Labs team, a new area of the Center that provides researchers intellectual and analytical expertise and support needed to experiment with newly available data sources and methodologies.  Pew Research Data Labs uses cutting edge data science and computational methods to contribute to our ongoing research in our key areas: politics; religion; journalism; science and technology, Hispanics; social trends; and global attitudes.

The Data Scientist should be hungry and eager to be a part of a team using bleeding edge methods to contribute to research that serves the public good. He/she will be adept at extracting critical takeaways from complex analyses, and articulating them with concise prose and compelling visualizations.  He/she should have experience designing PhD level social science research, and should have experience answering important questions using approaches from machine learning and computational social science. He/she should be adaptable and comfortable trying out new approaches and languages.

The Data Scientist will contribute on all aspects of a wide range of research projects. This includes development, original research and writing – and managing involvement in a number of different projects at once.



Knowledge and Skills Requirements

FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Procedure

Applicant should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) with salary expectations to  Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources Department
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC  20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.