Research Associate

Rockville , MD
Jul 16, 2021
Aug 18, 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 a Research Associate to plan and manage data processing operations for multimode survey research projects from the planning stage through data delivery to Westat's clients. 

Job Responsibilities: 
•    Develop and provide expertise for each study on programmed survey instruments, the collected data and metadata for a variety of studies and the optimal application of a variety of methods for post-collection processing of survey data. 
•    Participate in project leadership team to plan survey data collection, management, and delivery operations through all project phases.
•    Manage teams of research assistants and hourly staff.
•    Write technical specifications for systems, programs, data files, analytic variables, and production reports.
•    Manage software testing and data review, editing, and coding operations. 
•    Prepare, document, and perform quality control checks of file sets delivered to Westat's clients. 

Basic Qualifications:
•    A Master's degree, preferably in the social sciences with some quantitative coursework.  
•    At least 2 or more years of relevant experience.  
•    A demonstrated aptitude for data operations and the use of programming for data manipulation and investigation. 

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Basic knowledge of SQL, SAS, and R.
•    Experience in metadata management; data harmonization and transformation, development of end user documentation, and data visualization.

To be successful in this role, you must possess an analytic mind, strong technical writing skills, excellent oral and written communication, strong quantitative aptitude or experience, detail orientation, a strong interest in social science research, experience managing large databases and data operations, 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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