Research Assistant
Social & Economic Policy - Cambridge, MA

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Learns and applies standard quantitative and/or qualitative methods and techniques. Learns methods, procedures and systems to collect and manage research data and carry out tasks related to discrete segments of the overall project. Receives training from more experienced staff. Reviews work product to ensure quality and consistency with standards, procedures and protocols.

May implement clearly defined procedures for data collection, manipulation and preliminary analysis. Under close supervision, may work with local agencies by telephone or in person to solicit or collect data. May accompany more senior staff to conduct field work/data collection.

Applies knowledge of computer-based word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and database applications. As required by business area, may learn and apply basic statistical programming applications such as SAS or other specialized applications. May validate data or perform simple statistical modeling and forecasting.

May review professional journals and publications to extract and summarize information relevant to assigned research projects. May use internet-based search techniques to expand informational resources and available research tools. Summarize findings for review by fellow staff members.

May participate in discrete portions of the contract proposal process under close supervision, compiling data backup materials and portions of the final document.

May provide administrative support, as required, to support the project team. This may include assisting in the coordination of presentations, meetings and conferences. Exercises judgment and discretion to ensure the availability of resources, proper sequencing of events and activities, etc.

Skills Prerequisites:

The preferred candidate has excellent communication and organizational skills and thrives in a dynamic environment.