Research Assistant

MD - Rockville
Aug 10, 2018
Sep 19, 2018
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.

Job Summary:

We have an immediate opening for a research assistant with experience in data collection procedures and materials along with a background in quantitative research and data analysis.  The successful candidate will work closely with a multidisciplinary research team working on an innovative longitudinal health and aging study and a caregiving study.

Job Responsibilities:

· Develop questions and specifications for computer-assisted survey instruments. · Draft instrument testing scripts and related materials. · Working with project and IT staff on technical specifications for survey management systems. · Assist in developing and writing training materials, respondent materials, and field memos. · Perform literature and internet searches. · Participate in web-based and in-person trainings for data collectors. · Other relevant job duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

· A bachelor's degree and 1 year of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Master's degree preferred. · Experience with survey design and operations, quantitative research methods or data analysis and computer-assisted survey instruments are preferred. Questionnaire design experience is a plus, but not required. Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Office as well as experience with statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, Stata, R) are a plus. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and in a team environment, demonstrate excellent attention to detail, and have strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Experience working on longitudinal studies is a plus. Experience working in healthcare research environment is desirable. 

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.

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