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.

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 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.

Primary Responsibilities

Quantitative data analysis and survey design (40%)

Questionnaire development (20%)

Writing and Communication (20%)

Quality control (10%)

Project Planning and Management (10%)


Knowledge and Skill Requirements

FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Procedure

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  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.