Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Apr 14, 2022
May 17, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking research assistants to work closely with a multidisciplinary research team to work on a research project about drug use and health.  This position is contingent on the award of a pending seven-year contract.  In this role, you would be expected to learn the operational protocol, data collection instruments, and training requirements for the project. 

The position is based in Rockville, Maryland with a hybrid work schedule.  

Job Responsibilities:
•    Supporting onsite and remote members of an interdisciplinary team engaged in multimode survey data collection.
•    Developing project materials and documents.
•    Work with IT and project staff on survey instrument and system requirements.
•    Testing survey instruments and project systems.
•    Assist in writing training materials, and data collection manuals for delivery in-person and remotely (both synchronously and asynchronously)
•    Providing administrative support as needed (updating presentations, coordinating, and note taking during meetings).
•    Other relevant job duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A bachelor's degree, preferably in the social sciences, public health or a related field and 1 year of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Prior experience or academic training in survey data collection methods.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe).  
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as organizational and time management skills. 
•    Ability to exercise independent judgement, work independently and collaboratively in teams, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. 
•    Attention to detail, aptitude for working with computer systems, strong interest in social research, working well in a fast-paced environment are essential. 
•    Occasional travel is required.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.