Research Associate

Rockville , MD
Jun 18, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
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 data managers to support survey and electronic health record research data coordination and processing operations. You would be expected to learn the protocol, processes, data coordination systems, and collected data and delivery requirements for a variety of studies. Your primary focus would be working on cloud-based research data platform operations and management coordinating data submitted from multiple data hubs for submission to national research data repositories and federal clients.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Support senior data operations managers working on cloud-based research data platform systems with process documentation; data dictionary standardization and maintenance; data validation and testing specifications; validation error analysis and resolution; data harmonization and transformation specifications; research data repository metadata and documentation management; and data delivery quality control and documentation.
•    Support senior data operations managers developing data platform submission monitoring and reporting; operations reporting specifications; internal and client dashboard specifications; and data operations training, communication, and technical assistance to data hubs.

Basic Qualifications: 
•    A Master's degree, preferably in the social sciences with some quantitative content is required. 
•    At least 2 years of professional experience in large-scale research data operations and data management.
•    Experience writing systems requirements and specifications.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience at the basic level with SQL, SAS and/or R.
•    Experience providing operations and technical data management support to partners and clients.
•    Experience in metadata management; data harmonization and transformation; communication with and technical support of external data hubs; BI dashboard development.

To be successful in this role you must possess strong business writing skills, oral communication, aptitude for specifying technical data operations, detail orientation, a strong interest in social science research, and a highly organized approach to work.

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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