Research Associate - Religion, Pew Research Center - Washington, D.C.
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Permalink

Pew Research Center has an immediate need for a Research Associate to work collaboratively as part of a team studying the role of religion in U.S. society. The Research Associate will work on all aspects of the survey research process, including designing and drafting poll questionnaires, creating top lines and tables for survey reports, performing statistical analysis, and helping to write and review survey reports. The Research Associate is also responsible for helping to manage projects and field requests for information from the press, religious leaders, government officials, and other target audiences. This position involves substantial knowledge and skill in statistics, survey design, data analysis, and project management. Candidates with experience or interest in studying religion and race, new approaches to measuring spirituality or non-religion, and/or Protestantism in the U.S. (including evangelicalism and/or conservative Christianity) are especially encouraged to apply.

This position works closely with other researchers on staff and reports to the Associate Director, Religion Research.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Survey design and questionnaire development
  • Draft survey questions and lead questionnaire development process
  • Identify and compile trend questions
  • Seek feedback on draft questionnaires from external academic advisors and other experts

Data analysis

  • Conduct advanced analyses of survey datasets and secondary data sources
  • Prepare toplines and tab plans
  • Analyze and assess key findings
  • Prepare tables and charts

Writing and communication

  • Write research reports and blog posts that distill complex findings for a general audience
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information
  • Present research findings to external audiences

Project Planning and Management

  • Map out project plans
  • Set and adhere to deadlines and deliverables
  • Keep colleagues and senior staff informed
  • Coordinate with outside vendors, including overseeing development of contracts when necessary

Quality Control

  • Fact-check and number-check reports
  • Check questionnaires
  • Prepare dataset for public release


  • Ph.D. in the social sciences (such as sociology, political science, or related field) strongly preferred.
  • Proven ability to conduct rigorous data analysis, including substantial experience with SPSS, Stata, R, or similar software.  Often includes significant graduate training in statistics and research methods or equivalent experience in an applied setting.
  • Familiarity and experience with a range of statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis
  • Proven experience in undertaking questionnaire and survey development
  • Training or experience in studying religion in the U.S. from a social scientific perspective
  • Experience in helping manage research projects, including working collaboratively with other researchers

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Background in survey questionnaire development and testing
  • Strong quantitative skills, including an ability to use SPSS, Stata, R or other statistical programs to organize and analyze large amounts of data
  • Scrupulous attention to detail, including adherence to exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet tight deadlines while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research
  • Sound editorial judgment and proven ability to communicate research results clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form
  • Demonstrated skills in project development and management
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with members of the religion research team, as well as with staff from other Pew Research Center teams and outside organizations

FLSA Status: Exempt


This position is based in Washington, DC.  The Center operates in a hybrid model, meaning that starting in January 2022, staff will be expected to work in the office at least 2 days/week, and can work from home up to 3 days/week. 


Application Procedure:

Research Associate, Religion (

Applicant should use the link above to apply online. Please include a resume and cover letter indicating your relevant research experiences and where you learned of the opening.

Total Rewards 

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes: 

  • Affordable, comprehensive health, dental and vision plans 
  • Generous paid time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal and family leave 
  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year. 
  • A robust wellness program that includes an annual allowance. 



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