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Survey Research Methodologist

at Pew Research Center

Posted: 6/27/2019
Job Reference #: 5918
Keywords: research

Job Description

  • LocationUS-DC-Washington
    Posted Date2 months ago(5/2/2019 9:11 AM)
    Job ID
    Pew Research Center
  • 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 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 approximately 160.

    Project Overview

    To help citizens and journalists navigate the 2020 election in America, the Pew Research Center will be creating an interactive, online tool informed by original research and analysis that will provide extensive data on what Americans think and believe, where they get their news, and who and what they trust when distinguishing between fact and opinion. The tool will allow people to directly compare their knowledge, beliefs and opinions with those of fellow citizens, and allow journalists to use the tool for reporting that goes beyond the typical use of public opinion data.

    The Research Methodologist works directly with the Director of Survey Research by performing methodological work on the research project at the Pew Research Center. This position reports to the Director of Survey Research and works closely with other researchers on staff. Time permitting, this position will also contribute to ongoing methodological work at the Center, such as research into nonresponse and measurement error. This is a term-limited position expected to extend 12-18 months (or through the 2020 election).

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Serving as a methodologist on the project. This includes working on aspects such as questionnaire design, questionnaire testing, weighting, and survey analysis. This also includes providing best practice advice on methodological issues.
    • Working with study researchers and the digital production team to develop and update the online interactive component of the project. Tasks here are expected to include data formatting and estimation.
    • Data analysis.
    • Data quality checks on web survey programming, survey datasets, and public-facing reports or interactives.
    • Assisting with writing methodology sections for reports and maintaining methodology-related materials on the website.


    • Master’s degree required.
    • Experience in survey research required.
    • Experience with SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, or other statistical software required.
    • Background in quantitative Social Science preferred.

    Knowledge and Skill Requirements

    • Interest in public opinion and polling required.
    • A “numbers person” with strong quantitative and statistical skills.
    • Detail oriented with exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
    • Interest in expanding skills to cover new analytical tools and methods.
    • Ability to work well in a team setting.
    • Ability to balance numerous tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

    FLSA Status: Exempt

    Pew Research Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment 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.