Jun 27, 2019

Associate I, Research Review and Support

  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full time Computer Science Government Math

Job Description

Position Overview

Pew seeks an associate I, based in its Washington, DC, office, to serve in a crosscutting role across the different project areas – including environmental policy, public health, and government performance related to fiscal issues – within the program unit, assisting in data collection and analysis in the early phases of project research and quality control in the latter. The associate I reports to the associate manager, research, and is deployed and supervised by senior-level research review staff, in coordination with project directors and managers. The position also helps with background research to determine new project areas.


  • Under direction of senior research staff, assist with research efforts that support project teams and crosscutting efforts within program.
  • Research work includes managing datasets, reviewing code, and/or using research software to process and analyze data, producing literature reviews, and composing draft tables, charts, and write-ups for our research products.
  • More advanced work may include using raw datasets and code in STATA, SPSS, and R to replicate complicated statistical results and evaluating the quality of data and methodological choices made by contract researchers.
  • Assist in reviewing methodologies and other strategies proposed by project teams in the early stages of research, and in checking data and calculations in the final stages before publication.
  • Contribute to and participate in the team’s tasks, as well as broader Pew projects and activities, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. The ideal candidate has an interest in public policy and an educational background in economics, public policy, statistics/mathematics, computer science, or another social science field.
  • At least one year of applicable experience required.
  • Strong computer skills and experience. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as R, Excel, SPSS, STATA, Tableau, GIS, and other statistical/econometric packages.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, and focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, thoughts, and concepts clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to be responsive to the direction of research managers/supervisors while working with a high degree of independence within a creative, fast-paced, action-oriented and collegial environment.
  • Demonstrated time- and project-management skills, including the ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Must be detail-oriented.

Travel is not anticipated for this position. 

Total Rewards
We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.