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The Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Associate to support its portfolio of media and news research. The Research Associate will be part of the Media and News research team, which conducts original research studies on the news and information environment in a changing society. Pew Research Center's Media and News project studies the transformation of news information in three main areas: Americans' news attitudes and habits , the state of the news media industry, and how people encounter and engage with news online. The team employs several different methodologies to conduct this research. The main goal is to help the public and those in media, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the news and media landscape.
As a part of a wider team, the Research Associate will contribute to various aspects of the different research projects. This includes data analysis and management, number checking, graphic and chart creation, trend checks, as well as contributing to research design and questionnaire development . In addition, the Research Associate writes and reviews report drafts, and fields requests for information from outside sources. This position also contributes to the team's Daily Briefing newsletter.
The successful researcher must be able to fulfill his or her primary responsibilities while meeting tight deadlines and balancing multiple tasks. The size of our organization, collaborative work environment, and relatively "flat" hierarchy mean that researchers often work directly with the senior staff on targeted research, communications or organizational projects, in addition to contributing to the broader research areas that make up the bulk of Pew Research Center's activities. The Research Associate reports to the director of research of media and news.
Survey design and questionnaire development (15%)
Draft survey questions and lead questionnaire development process
Identify and compile trend questions
Seek feedback on draft questionnaires from external academic advisors and other experts
Data analysis (30%)
Conduct advanced analyses of survey and non-survey datasets
Prepare toplines, tab plans, cross-tabulations and other data summaries
Analyze and assess key findings
Produce reports by preparing tables, charts and slides
Follow trends through the year, reading trade publications, becoming familiar with leading figures in the media and news research field; monitor data, and sifting through financial data and industry reports
Explore new techniques for examining data, such as ways to use "big data" and other secondary source data that can be used in tandem with survey findings
Writing and communication (20%)
Write research reports and blog posts that distill complex findings for a general audience
Be a part of the Daily Briefing team - our popular online curation of the day's media news. This
Respond to external and internal requests for information
Present research findings to external audiences
involves some early morning web searches to find a mix of relevant news articles.
Project Planning and Management (20%)
Map out and track project plans and timelines
Set and adhere to deadlines and deliverables
Keep colleagues and senior staff informed
Coordinate with outside vendors, including overseeing development of contracts when necessary
Quality Control (15%)
Fact-check and number-check reports
Prepare dataset for public release
BA required, advanced degree preferred; degree in the social science with a preference for sociology, political science, communications or related field. 5-9 years of research experience, with at least 3-5 years of specialized research and analysis experience expected. Often includes significant graduate training at the PhD level or equivalent experience in an applied setting.
Proven experience in undertaking questionnaire and survey development
Proven ability to conduct rigorous data analysis, including substantial experience with SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software
Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis
Training or experience in studying attitudinal, behavioral or demographic research related to social, economic and political change
Experience with computational social science projects and working with very large and complex data sets.
Experience in helping manage research projects, including working collaboratively with other researchers
Knowledge and Skill Requirements
Background in survey questionnaire development and testing
Strong quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form
Demonstrated skills in project development and management. Must be organized, dependable and take "ownership" of work projects.
Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with other team members, as well as with staff from other Pew Research Center teams and outside organizations
Ability to balance multiple projects and meet tight deadlines while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research
Knowledge of and interest in researching media and news
Applicant should apply electronically and include a résumé, AND cover letter.
In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center's employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes:
Affordable, comprehensive health, dental and vision plans
Generous paid time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal and family leave
Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
A robust wellness program that includes an annual allowance.
Pew Research Center make s employment decisions without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We champion inclusion, diversity and equity , and w e encourage applications from candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
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