Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Nov 06, 2021
Nov 29, 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 assistant to work as part of a team of evaluators, primarily in the areas of public health, equity, housing, homelessness, and other areas. The position is based in our Rockville, MD offices with the possibility for partial telework. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Conduct literature searches.
•    Support data collection activities including scheduling site visits, preparing for and assisting in key informant interviews and focus groups, and
•    preparing web surveys.
•    Prepare data for analysis (both qualitative and quantitative), including coding in qualitative and quantitative software.
•    Conduct preliminary data analyses (using qualitative or statistical software packages) and graphically representing data findings.
•    Assist in the writing of reports.

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

Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; be detail-oriented; and work well in a fast-paced team environment. Some travel may be needed, once it is safe to do so. Strong computer skills are a plus. Experience with statistical software such as SAS and qualitative software such as NVivo or MAXQDA is also a strong plus. Position includes opportunities to participate in scholarly writing and presentations.

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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