Research Assistant, Science

  • Job posted by Pew Research Center

Job Type

Full Time




Dist. Columbia
United States


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 160.

Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Assistant to support its portfolio of work related to the role of science in society. The successful candidate will be part of a team that studies attitudes about the impact of scientific research and innovation on society and how those views tie to behaviors. The research spans a wide range of science issues that raise important policy and ethical debates.

The Research Assistant supports all aspects of the research. Responsibilities include fact-checking, proof-reading and background research to support the design and data collection of new research projects, statistical analysis, producing charts and tables, writing and editing research reports.

Candidates with more extensive experience or exceptionally strong qualifications may be considered for appointment at the Research Analyst level.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Helping design survey questions
  • Conducting background research and trend analysis
  • Fact-checking and proof-reading
  • Data management
  • Creating tables and charts in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Statistical analysis of survey data
  • Coding responses to open-end questions
  • Assisting with writing research reports and blog posts
  • Responding to requests for information

Knowledge and Skills Requirements:

  • Quantitative statistical analysis skills, including an ability to use SPSS, Stata or other statistical programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and have an ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and to meet tight deadlines
  • Interest in and familiarity with public opinion surveys conducted in the U.S. and cross-nationally is a strong plus


  • Bachelor's degree with a concentration in a social science field
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with SPSS, Stata or other statistical software
  • Familiarity with one or more scientific fields is a plus

FLSA status: non-exempt

Application Procedure

A complete application will include the following required items:

  • A cover letter highlighting your skills and describing in detail your quantitative and statistical experience, including use of specific statistical software programs
  • A resume.

Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree