Research Assistant-Survey Research (Hybrid)

Rockville , MD
Aug 16, 2022
Aug 18, 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.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking research assistants to support survey research data collection and processing operations. You would be expected to learn the protocol, processes, data collection instruments, and collected data for a variety of studies. 

This is a full time position with flexibility for a partial telework arrangement. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Support task leads with a variety of operational tasks including contacting study participants to guide them through data submission; coding and cleaning data; testing survey software; and preparing file sets and accompanying documentation for delivery to our clients. 
•    Some aspects of the position involve supervision of staff working on operational tasks performed in our Rockville and Gaithersburg locations such as receipt and proper handling of survey materials, mailing of survey materials, and helpdesk support. 

Basic Qualifications: 
•    A bachelor's degree, preferably in sociology, psychology or related social sciences field. 

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience with Excel
•    Experience with survey research projects

Minimum Qualifications:  
•    Ad hoc travel between Westat's locations in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area is required. 
•    Excellent communication and analytical skills, strong quantitative aptitude or experience detail oriented and a highly organized approach to work.  
•    Strong interest in social science research.

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.

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