Research Assistant-Public Health

Rockville , MD
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 26, 2022
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 join a multidisciplinary team of public health researchers conducting research and evaluation studies in addition to providing technical assistance in community-engaged research to NIH awardees to address health disparities and promote health equity related to the impact of COVID-19.  This position is to work full time and is eligible for a flexible telework schedule.  

Job Responsibilities:
•    Work with study collaborators to develop and implement study protocols, maintain study documents, and support project-related day-to-day study communications. 
•    Support interdisciplinary team of researchers to collect quantitative and qualitative data.
•    Perform data management and analysis of qualitative or quantitative data. 
•    Conduct appropriate research to contribute to material development and data collection instruments. 
•    Work with multimedia designers to develop effective ways to present and visualize data and create a range of print and electronic materials for reports, key meetings, presentations and other work products. 
•    Support the provision of technical assistance, including developing materials and working directly with recipients of technical assistance. 
•    Provide administrative support in meeting logistics and facilitation of key scientific meetings and work groups (e.g., agenda setting, coordinating, note-taking).
•    Proactively identify and propose solutions for project challenges.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A Master's degree, preferably in public health or a health science related field is required.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Strong computer skills, excellent written and oral communication skills; organizational skills. 
•    Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; be detail-oriented; and work well in a fast-paced team environment. 
•    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and verbally, using generally accepted correspondence and report formats.

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 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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