Thursday, June 16, 2016

Research Assistant Position for Recent Grad, Global Demography and Migration Pew Research Center

The Research Assistant will support the Pew Research Center's new Global Demography and Migration research and ongoing Hispanic Trends research. The primary responsibility of the Research Assistant is to tabulate and analyze survey data collected by these two research areas and data from other sources, such as Eurostat data, United Nation's population data, the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey. Other key responsibilities include fact-checking and proof-reading, creating charts, tables, and slides, organizing relevant polling data, and performing research and analysis as required. Of foremost importance is ensuring that data analysis and reporting meet the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor's degree in the social or computational sciences and a demonstrated interest in one of our research areas.

  • Number checking, fact checking, proofing
  • Tabulate and analyze data from surveys and other social science databases
  • Creating tables and charts in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Building and checking toplines
  • Performing background research on issues and policies
  • Data cleaning, maintaining and reviewing internal files and databases 
  • Assisting with questionnaire development, quality control
  • Assist in the management of social media accounts


  • B.A. degree is required, with concentration in a field related to one of our research areas 
  • Strong quantitative skills, background in data management and analysis preferred
  • Coursework in statistics or experience with statistical analysis required
  • Experience with statistical software, such as SPSS and Stata preferred
  • Prior experience working with survey data or other large micro datasets is desirable
  • Proficiency in a non-English language is desirable

  • Interest in patterns of global migration and U.S. immigration trends
  • Interest in attitudinal, behavioral or demographic research related to social, economic and political change in the U.S. and globally
  • A “numbers person” with quantitative and statistical skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Proven facility with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of how to display data in easy-to-understand ways in tables and charts in both Excel and Word
  • Detail oriented and ability to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work accurately on deadline
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Ability to synthesize materials for senior staff
Apply here.