Research Assistant

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Apr 19, 2021
Closes
May 15, 2021
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Research
Hours
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 research assistants to support survey research data collection and processing operations. You would be expected to learn the protocol, processes, data collection instruments, and collected data and delivery requirements for a variety of studies. 

Job Responsibilities:
• Support data managers with metadata management; coding and cleaning data; data harmonization and transformation; communication with and technical support of external data hubs; BI dashboard development; testing survey software; and preparing file sets and accompanying documentation for delivery to our clients. 
• Some aspects of the position involve supervision of staff working on operational tasks performed in our Rockville and Gaithersburg locations such as receipt and proper handling of survey materials, mailing of survey materials, and helpdesk support. 
• Writing systems requirements and specifications.

Basic Qualifications: 
• A bachelor's degree, preferably in the social sciences. 

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience at the basic level with SQL, SAS and R. 
• Experience writing systems requirements and specifications.

To be successful in this role you must possess strong business writing skills, oral and written communication, aptitude for working with computer systems, detail oriented, a strong interest in social science research, and a highly organized approach to work. Ad hoc travel between Westat's locations in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area is required.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

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 expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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