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.
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.
The Research Associate is primarily responsible for quantitative analysis of attitudinal and behavioral survey data as well as the evaluation and development of survey sampling plans. He or she also supports all other aspects of the Religion Project’s international survey research agenda, including developing questionnaires and creating top lines. The Research Associate is responsible for contributing to all aspects of report production including writing, fact-checking, number-checking and editing reports. The Research Associate fields requests for information from the press, government officials and other Pew Research target audiences.
This position requires a background in quantitative analysis, survey design and data collection, plus a strong interest in applying these skills in an international arena. Further, it requires sound editorial judgment in the interpretation and description of research findings, as the organization’s reputation for impartiality and straightforward explanation is grounded in a consistent editorial style and institutional voice. This position works closely with other researchers on staff and reports to the Director, International Survey Research.
Quantitative data analysis and survey design (40%)
- Conduct advanced analyses of survey datasets
- Assess sampling performance and troubleshoot data collection problems
- Assist with evaluating and developing survey sampling plans
- Prepare toplines
- Prepare tables and charts
Questionnaire development (20%)
- Develop main research questions
- Compile and analyze trend data
- Draft questionnaires
Writing and Communication (20%)
- Write in-depth data analyses for research reports
- Respond to external requests for information
- Present research findings to PewResearchCenter audiences
Quality control (10%)
- Fact-check and number-check reports
- Check questionnaires
- Prepare datasets for public release
Project Planning and Management (10%)
- Allocate resources and staff time to best meet project objectives
- Map out steps in projects
- Set and adhere to deadlines and deliverables
- Keep colleagues and senior staff informed
- Ph.D. in Political Science, Sociology or related field is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge and interest in international affairs. Foreign language abilities are a plus, but not required.
- Proven experience in undertaking research involving data analysis, including using SPSS, Stata, Excel and other software.
- Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis.
- Background in sampling methodology is a strong plus.
- Demonstrated experience writing for a non-academic audience.
- Training or experience in studying religion or social and cultural practices around the world from a social scientific framework is a plus.
- Experience in managing research projects, including working collaboratively with other researchers, is highly desirable.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
- Strong quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS, Stata and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data.
- Strong verbal and written communications skills.
- 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 the organization’s editorial style and institutional voice in both verbal and written form.
- Skilled in project development and management. Must be able to manage multiple priorities and projects.
- Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from both the PewResearchCenter and outside organizations.
- Ability to balance multiple projects and meet tight deadlines while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research.
- Ability to take a leadership role in managing the work of colleagues and train staff when needed.
- Extensive knowledge of global religious research and data.
- Must work well in a high-paced, team-oriented professional environment.
- Must interact well with senior government officials, diplomats, journalists and others who are interested in global religious trends.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Applicant should send a résumé, cover letter (indicating where you learned of the opening) with salary expectations and stating your experience communicating about data to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses can also be mailed to:
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