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. 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 core administrative and publishing unit and seven research projects that study 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.

Position Summary

The Research Associate is a position within the Pew Research Center’s Journalism project which studies the state of news and information in a changing society. The project employs a variety of empirical research methods to analyze whether people are getting the information they need for a functioning society. It publishes research on who is reporting the news and what new players are emerging; what is being reported on and what gaps in coverage exist; how news is consumed and how the economic models for news are changing. In addition to reports on these topics, each year the project produces the State of the News Media report, which examines key questions facing the industry. Its goal is to help the public and those in media, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the revolution in the news and media landscape.

The Research Associate will contribute on all aspects of a wide range of its research projects. This includes development, original research and writing – and managing involvement in a number of different projects at once. This Research Associate will need to be comfortable with a number of different research methods including ethnography, survey design, interviews, data management, statistical analysis, algorithmic-based analysis, content analysis and methodological analysis. This position will also involve exploring and testing new – often algorithmic-based – research tools. And, research projects will often involve the use of multiple research methods. The Research Associate will work integrally within and/or lead broader research teams to ensure that projects are designed and developed effectively, that data management and coding is carried out without errors, and that data analysis and reports make the maximum contribution and meet the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality. Individual oversight and judgment at all of these stages are critical. The Research Associate will also be a part of the team that produces the Project’s Daily Briefing.

In addition to the work within the Journalism project, the Research Associate will also be involved with broader Pew Research Center initiatives, some which involve multiple Pew Research Projects and cover an issue across a number of different subject areas. This candidate, then, must be able to apply the above skills to a broader research agenda and contribute to the overall work of the Pew Research Center.

The successful researcher must be able to fulfill his or her primary responsibilities while meeting tight deadlines and balancing multiple accountabilities. The small size of our organization, collaborative work environment, and relatively “flat” hierarchy mean that researchers often work directly with the senior staff on targeted research, communications or organizational projects, in addition to contributing to the broader research projects that make up the bulk of the Pew Research Center’s activities. The Research Associate reports to the Director of  Journalism Research.

Primary Responsibilities

Research design, implementation and data analysis (55%)

Writing and Communication (35%)

Other Project Needs (10%)


Knowledge, Skill and Workplace 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 700
Washington, DC  20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.