Research Associate, Global Attitudes

Pew Research Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 22

Position description

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; science and society; religion and public life; global migration and demography; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Center's work is carried out by a staff of about 150.


The Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Associate to support its expanding global research agenda. The Research Associate will be part of the Global Attitudes research team that annually surveys public opinion in dozens of countries on topics including life satisfaction, economic conditions, domestic policy and international issues. The Research Associate assists in the design of research projects, manages data collection, performs statistical analysis, produces charts and tables and conducts background research and data fact-checks. The Research Associate also helps to write and review research reports, as well as field requests for information from the press, government officials and other audiences. The Research Associate reports to the Director, Global Attitudes Research.

Primary Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Help draft project proposals
  • Monitor and track project timelines
  • Coordinate team assignments
  • Communicate with vendors and advisors
  • Coordinate topline and dataset production

Data analysis

  • Conduct analysis of survey and non-survey data, including multivariate analysis and multilevel modeling
  • Prepare toplines, cross-tabulations and other data summaries
  • Prepare tables and charts
  • Explore new techniques for examining data, such as ways to use “big data”
  • Look for outside data – such as other survey data, economic data, demographic data, etc. – that can be used in tandem with Global Attitudes findings

Project design and development

  • Conduct background research and trend analysis
  • Propose research topics
  • Design survey questions or data queries
  • Identify and evaluate research vendors or data providers

Writing and Communication

  • Write research reports
  • Respond to external requests for information

Quality control

  • Fact-check and number-check reports
  • Check trends and verify translations
  • Assess sampling performance and data quality
  • Prepare datasets for public release


  • Quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality of all work products
  • Editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form
  • Skilled in project development and management
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from across Pew Research Center and outside organizations
  • Ability to lead research teams


  • International focus in political science, sociology, economics or relevant social science field strongly preferred
  • Master's degree required, PhD preferred
  • Proven experience with quantitative analysis; facility with SPSS and Excel required, knowledge of Stata, R or other statistical software packages a plus
  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including logistic and multiple regression
  • Familiarity with data collection in multiple languages highly desirable


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