Research Assistant

Employer
Westat
Location
Rockville , MD
Posted
Nov 09, 2021
Closes
Dec 12, 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 is seeking a research assistant with strong quantitative skills to contribute to education research and evaluation projects as well as technical assistance projects. This is a full-time position with the possibility for partial telework. 

Job Responsibilities:
• Assisting with wide-ranging project activities including web survey testing, data collection, and report preparation.
• Assisting with conducting descriptive and inferential analysis (e.g., multiple regression).
• Assisting with background research (e.g., internet, literature).
• Assisting with research applications.
• Assisting with table preparation.
• Creating data visualizations with Microsoft Excel or other tools.
• Communicating results to collaborative project teams both verbally and in writing.

Basic Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's degree in the social sciences.
• Completed coursework in quantitative subjects such as statistics, economics, and/or mathematics.
• Experience performing data manipulation in variety of software (e.g., Microsoft Excel) and conducting statistical analyses with software/language packages such as R, STATA, SAS, or SPSS.  
• Experience with Microsoft Office products.

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Experience creating data visualizations with Microsoft Excel or other tools. 
• Interest in education policy and programs.

Candidates must have strong quantitative and communications skills, be detail oriented and able to work as part of interdisciplinary teams.
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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