• Research Assistant

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/3/2018 4:00 PM)
    Governance Studies
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant provides research assistance to Governance Studies (GS) scholars Sarah Binder, Molly Reynolds, and Vanessa Williamson on topics related to American government and policymaking, including Congress and the politics of redistribution.  Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, drafts summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. 


    Research Support   (90%)

    • Prepares and independently analyzes statistical data for research using statistical packages and database tools.
    • Researches and independently collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, Internet, non-profit research organizations, etc.) on relevant topics in support of Governance Studies scholars.
    • Compiles, reads, abstracts, synthesizes, analyzes, and organizes written and electronic material into summarized form.
    • Analyzes and produces written summaries of quantitative data.
    • Provides editing assistance for research products in preparation for publication.
    • Provides general research on a variety of short-term projects.
    • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact checking, editing and proof-reading of documents in preparation for publication (as needed).

    Other Scholar Support (10%)

    • Attends symposia, conferences, and hearings relevant to research projects; summarizes content of such events.
    • Performs administrative duties for GS Scholars as needed, including reserving rooms, coordination with other departments, scheduling, and travel planning


    Education/Experience Requirements: 

    Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required; 1 -2 years of relevant work or internship experience required; quantitative research experience using Excel or a major statistical package (i.e. SPSS, SAS, STATA, R, Python) required. Academic background or demonstrated interest in in American government and social science; experience with qualitative research preferred.

    Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 

    Required: Basic knowledge of statistical procedures ; familiarity with Excel or a major statistical software package ; extensive Internet research skills; capacity to learn other types of software programs; effective written communication skills; initiative; ability to prioritize and communicate effectively to manage competing deadlines from multiple supervisors; and ability to work in a diverse, team-based environment.

    Interest in social science and American government; WordPress preferred.


    Additional Information:


    A complete application will include ALL of following items:

    • Current resume
    • Cover letter describing your interest in applying to this specific position
    •  A copy of your transcript ( unofficial or official)

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    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


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