Research Associate

Rockville, MD
Sep 28, 2019
Oct 25, 2019
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:
Westat is seeking a research associate to work as a member of a team developing and implementing study protocols. You will be joining an interdisciplinary team of leading survey managers, methodologists, statisticians, and researchers on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The research associate works closely with project managers and directors to implement survey designs, develop protocols, train data collection staff, and analyze data and complete quality control activities. The research associate may also be assigned responsibilities in survey operations and logistics.

Job Responsibilities:
• Responsible for contributing to multiple stages of projects as assigned, including:
• Design, manage and perform operational tasks to support study design, protocols, field implementation, analysis, and reporting.
• Research and questionnaire design, developing questions and specifications for computer-assisted survey instruments.
• Development of instrument testing scripts and related materials.
• Coordination with information technology staff on field software systems
• Coordination between field operational, questionnaire design, and training teams to ensure communication of ongoing tasks with all stakeholders
• Design, development and review of eLearning, web-based, and in-person training programs, including storyboarding, and lead in-person classroom training sessions for adult learners.
• Conduct quality control reviews of interview data and other data collection products and procedures.
• Development and maintenance of project task schedules.
• Mentoring research assistant staff.

Basic Qualifications:
• A master's degree in survey methods, psychology, sociology, or a related social science field with 5 years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A PhD in the social sciences or 10 years of relevant experience in a survey organization.
• Experience with technical writing and experience developing training materials and implementing/delivering instructional programs
• Experience supervising data collection staff working on a household based data collection effort.
• Experience with data science tools (e.g., SAS, R, Python, SPSS, Stata, etc.)

Candidates should excel in a team environment and have excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

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, creed, 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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