Research Assistant-Data Operations and Management

MD - Rockville
Jun 04, 2018
Jul 18, 2018
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 a research assistant to work on social science survey research projects, assisting expert data managers in managing survey data and metadata from collection through delivery to Westat's clients.

Job Responsibilities
: · Write technical specifications for programming survey instruments, data descriptions, and documentation for data users as part of the role. · Define data dictionaries for complex files, test survey instruments to ensure accurate data capture, and review collected data at the detailed level. · The data will be collected in a variety of technologies and formats with a wide breadth of subject areas. You may need to harmonize data sets from multiple sources. Basic Qualifications: · A Bachelor's degree, preferably in the social sciences with some quantitative depth is required. · At least 1 year of experience is required. 

A Master's degree and/or two years of relevant experience are desirable.
Basic knowledge of SQL and SAS are also desirable although not required. A demonstrated aptitude for data analysis and the use of programming for data manipulation and investigation is necessary.  To be successful in this role you must possess an analytic mind, excellent oral and written communication, programming aptitude or experience, detail orientation, a strong interest in social science research, a highly organized approach to work, and interest in working with large data sets.
Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.
Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the position, based on the specific position which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, or criminal records history.
Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.