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.

Pew Research Center is seeking a Research Associate for our Religion & Public Life Project.

Department Overview

The Research Associate is a position within the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Religion & Public Life Project conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.

Position Summary

The Research Associate supports all aspects of the Religion Project’s research in the area of religion and demography. The Research Associate performs demographic analysis of data from surveys, censuses, and other sources, and drafts reports summarizing research findings. The Research Associate is also responsible for helping to manage projects and field requests for information from the press, government officials and other target audiences. This position works closely with other researchers on staff and reports to the Religion Project Demographer.

Primary Responsibilities

Data Analysis and Research Design (60%)

Writing and Communication (30%)

Project Planning and Management (10%)


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

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 700
Washington, DC  20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.