Principal Survey Methodologist

Atlanta , GA
Mar 14, 2023
Mar 21, 2023
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.

Westat is seeking a principal survey methodologist. This role will require the candidate to work both independently and as part of a team; lead methodological research projects; and mentor junior or intern staff.  

Job Responsibilities:
• Conduct methodological research to develop and improve survey procedures and capabilities. Examples of the methodological areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the use of paradata (audio, video, text, other), questionnaire design, question evaluation and testing methods, the design and testing of multi-mode surveys, methods to increase response rates, the design of methodological experiments for surveys, and evaluation of data quality and measurement error as well as nonresponse and other survey errors.
• Serve as senior methodologist on survey projects.  This includes providing development and design expertise across all data collection modes (in-person, telephone, web, self-administered) and share responsibility with project staff for development activities. This role requires working with a variety of teams of substantive and operational specialists to implement and evaluate surveys conducted for a wide array of clients in both the public and private sectors.
• Write analytical reports and communicate results to non-technical audiences.
• Support business development by contributing to proposal and grant writing efforts; contribute to thought leadership by attending professional conferences and writing manuscripts for publication; and mentor junior and intern staff.

Basic Qualifications:
• PhD in Survey Methodology or other quantitative field with course work in Survey Methods and at least 8 years of work experience in survey methodology post doctorate.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A record of publications and conference presentations;
• Experience mentoring, guiding, educating and growing staff

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays and 2 floating holidays)
  • 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


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.