Pew Research Center: Research Analyst, Internet, Science and Technology

Expert in Big Data and non-survey data collection and analysis to support Pew Research on the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on users and society.

Pew Research Center Company: Pew Research Center
Location: Washington, DC

Organization Overview

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; religion and public life; Hispanic trends; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center's work is carried out by a staff of 130.

Position Summary

Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Analyst who specializes in Big Data and non-survey data collection and analysis to support its research on the impact of the internet and other digital technologies on users and society. The Research Analyst will be part of a team that is expanding its traditional research that has been focused on surveys of the general population and elites about their use of the internet. This is a new position that will utilize "organic" data to explore how people use the internet, their cell phones, and social media. The position will be involved in all aspects of the Center's internet-related research: including conducting literature reviews and background research for prospective research projects, helping design research projects, managing data collection, performing statistical analysis, writing research reports, producing charts and tables, fact-checking data, and responding to public inquiries about the data and findings. The Research Analyst will also be expected to write regular blog posts about Pew Research data and other data-related research by other organizations.

Primary Responsibilities

Data analysis and Writing (40%)
  • Conducts collection and analysis of non-survey data (e.g from APIs, web scraping, and secondary data sources) and survey findings
  • Prepares data displays that can be used for analysis and writing
  • Writes research reports
  • Writes blog posts
  • Prepares tables and charts and other infographics

Project Development and Management (20%)
  • Helps draft project proposals
  • Monitors and tracks project timelines
  • Helps coordinate team assignments
  • Communicates with vendors and advisors

Communication (10%)
  • Prepares press releases and social media content related to research reports
  • Responds to external requests for information

Project design and development (20%)
  • Conducts background research and trend analysis
  • Proposes research topics
  • Designs research protocols, survey questions or data queries
  • Identifies and evaluates research vendors or data providers

Quality control (10%)
  • Fact-checks and number-checks reports
  • Checks trends
  • Assesses sampling performance and data quality
  • Prepares datasets for public release

  • Computer science with a social science bent
  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Experience with computational statistics and/or predictive analytics and proven experience with quantitative analysis; facility with SPSS, Stata, R, Hadoop or other statistical software.
  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including logistic and multiple regression.
  • Experience overseeing research projects, preferably with a focus on technology-related topics

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
  • Quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS and other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Well versed in a variety of analytical techniques involved in working with big data in its many guises
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with researchers from a variety of different social science disciplines
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work on 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
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from across Pew Research Center and outside organizations

Application Procedure

Applicants should email a complete resume, cover letter (including where you learned of the opening), and salary expectation to .

Responses can also be mailed to:

Human Resources
Pew Research Center
1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

We are an equal opportunity employer.