Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Nov 06, 2019
Jan 02, 2020
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 specifications for computer-assisted survey data collection instruments
• Draft instrument testing scripts and related materials
• Working with project and IT staff on technical specifications for survey management systems
• Assist in developing data collection procedures, respondent materials, and field memos
• Assist in writing training materials for classroom and remote training
• Participate in web-based and in-person trainings for data collectors
• Participate in testing software applications on laptops, tablets, phones, and web
• Other relevant job duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree and 1 year of relevant experience

Master's degree is preferred.

Questionnaire design experience is a plus, but not required.  Experience with survey design and operations, quantitative research methods or data analysis and computer-assisted survey instruments are preferred.  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, 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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