Research Associate

Washington, D.C
Aug 17, 2022
Aug 25, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time

As members of project teams, research associates perform the full range of research work, including:
  • Developing ideas and suggestions for new research projects;
  • Conducting thorough social science and legal literature reviews and analysis;
  • Designing qualitative and quantitative research protocols;
  • Creating data collection instruments, such as interview protocols, questionnaires, and instruments for coding information from electronic and paper records;
  • Collecting, supervising, and collaborating in the collection of data and the creation of data sets;
  • Conducting and overseeing data and statistical analyses;
  • Presenting research findings to diverse audiences within and outside the judiciary;
  • Writing research reports;
  • Developing educational material grounded in legal and social science research for judges and court employees; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Director of Research.
Work is performed with guidance and review by the Director of Research or Senior Research Associates.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen, subject to the exceptions enumerated at .
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • Relatives of Center staff members may not be employed at the Center in any capacity.
  • All requirements must be met for full consideration.
The Federal Judicial Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and an inclusive work culture. It strives to maintain a professional and collegial workplace in which everyone is valued and treated fairly and respectfully.

This vacancy announcement was produced at U.S. taxpayer expense.


  • Ph.D. degree in a social science discipline such as data science, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology or a J.D. degree; and
  • At least two years of experience conducting policy-related research or working in a law-related area.
  • Both a Ph.D. degree in a relevant social science discipline and a J.D. degree;
  • Completion of graduate-level coursework in applied research methods, data science, and statistics;
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis programs such as SAS, SPSS, and STATA and advanced features of Excel;
  • Experience with designing and conducting court-focused research and education;
  • Knowledge of federal court structure, governance, and operations; and
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with highly motivated and experienced professionals.


Ph.D. degree in a social science discipline such as data science, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology or a J.D. degree.

Additional information

The starting salary is set at $133,582. This position falls in the Center's pay band 6 which has a salary range up to $205,528. For a successful candidate not currently a member of the Center staff, a higher starting salary, not to exceed $140,261, may be considered with proof that the candidate's current salary falls above the pay band 6 minimum salary of $133,582, in which case the Center would match that salary up to the starting salary limit of $140,261. This is the maximum starting salary, and it is non-negotiable. If the successful internal candidate's salary falls above the range minimum that salary will be matched up to his/her current salary.

Federal government benefits are applicable. An array of supplemental benefits is also offered including a transportation subsidy and a flexible benefit program allowing for pre-tax deductions for health insurance, health care, dependent care, and commuter expenses. The FJC is located in the Thurgood Marshall Building, conveniently situated to public transportation directly beside Union Station. The Marshall Building houses a child development center and a health fitness facility for its tenants.

The Center's official duty station is located in Washington, D.C. The Center offers telework options to its employees subject to some constraints and supervisory and division director approval.

This position does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive civil service.

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