Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Sep 13, 2021
Oct 06, 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 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 for a variety of studies. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Support task leads with developing programming specifications for multi-mode surveys and related systems, coding and cleaning data; testing survey software; and preparing file sets and accompanying documentation for delivery to our clients. 
•    Some aspects of the position may 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. 

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

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience with R, SAS, Excel or Access. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Ad hoc travel between Westat's locations in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area is required. 
•    Excellent oral and written communication, detail oriented and a highly organized approach to work. 
•    Aptitude for working with computer systems.
•    A strong interest in social science research.

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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