Research Assistant

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Oct 06, 2021
Closes
Oct 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 has immediate openings for analytical and organized individuals to join the Public Health and Epidemiology Practice as research assistants.  Qualified individuals will work on a variety of projects and be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.  This position is based in Rockville, Maryland. New employees may work remotely until it is safe to return to our offices.

Job responsibilities:
• Support data collection activities including surveys, interviews, and site visits.
• Manage mailing out and receiving back research materials such as surveys and biospecimen collection kits.
• Assist in developing project materials and documentation.
• Test project systems.
• Perform data management and manipulation using MS Excel spreadsheets.
• Conduct quality control checks on data and reports.
• Provide administrative support as needed (updating presentations, coordinating meetings, note taking, etc)
• Other relevant job duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
• A bachelor's degree, preferably in public health, social sciences or related fields. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
• Strong computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe). 
• Excellent written and verbal skills.  
• Strong interest in health research. 
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams, attention to detail, and working in a fast-paced environment.

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

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire or prior to December 8, 2021, whichever is later, and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

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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