Bachelor’s Level Research Assistant - Qualitative

Job Type

Full Time




4570 Fifth Avenue
Suite 600
United States


Limited duration position; not to exceed 3 years

RAND is seeking highly motivated research assistants to work in a variety of research areas including health, mental health, education, human resource and workforce management in the military, national security issues, justice policy, infrastructure and energy and environment issues. Research Assistants work as members of multi-disciplinary research teams addressing complex policy problems. Research Assistants work with teams of experienced researchers, including political scientists, psychologists, physicians, behavioral scientists, engineers and economists. Tasks would include qualitative and quantitative data collection, preparation and analysis; literature reviews; site visits; survey instrument design; note-taking; preparation of draft documents and presentations; and coordination of work among project team members. Research Assistants may travel with project teams and may have the opportunity to contribute to reports and articles.


Successful candidates will have experience with research methods. Successful candidates will be thoughtful, thorough, disciplined researchers able to work simultaneously on multiple projects and meet deadlines. Applicants should have excellent research and analysis skills demonstrated in coursework or work experience; solid qualitative research skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams. They must be highly motivated, organized, flexible, and demonstrate a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Educational Requirements:

BA/BS in sociology, psychology, education policy, health policy, economics, research methods, public policy or similar field. Masters level applicants should look for Analyst positions.

Experience: Preference given to applicants with:

  • Military experience;
  • Research assistant experience, either in an academic setting, in another research-oriented organization, or within a research unit of a public- or private-sector firm;, or with related federal government agencies;
  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews and experience using qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo, ATLAS.ti, Dedoose);
  • Proficiency in one of the following languages — Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto or Kurdish
  • Relevant security clearance(s).

Related experience required: 0-2yrs

Location: Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA and Santa Monica, CA

RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled

Level of Language Proficiency

Preference given to applicants with a proficiency in one of the following languages — Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto or Kurdish

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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