Research Assistant-Data Quality and Management

MD - Rockville
Feb 15, 2017
Apr 13, 2017
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 individuals to work as part of a team to manage, review, document and prepare social science survey data for delivery to Westat's clients.  Candidates should have a focus on data quality assurance from collection through delivery.  You will become an expert on the appropriate application of a variety of modes of data collection, the questionnaires, and the collected data for a variety of studies.


Job Responsibilities
  • Clean, code and edit data.
  • Write technical specifications for systems, reports, and data files.
  • Write user documentation for systems and operational procedures.
  • Plan for and verify the accurate recording of data as it moves between systems and files.
  • Use SAS to harmonize data collected in various systems into consolidated and well  documented data sets for use in analysis.
  • Test software systems and applications for use in data collection, management and delivery.
  • Job Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree and 1 year of relevant experience.

  • A Master's degree is preferred.

    Knowledge of SQL and SAS are desirable although not required. To be successful in this role you must possess an analytic mind, strong written and oral communication skills, strong interest in social science research, understanding of information systems and programming aptitude or experience. Candidates should have a highly organized approach to work as well as an interest in working with large databases at the detailed level.

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