Technical Research Assistant [3102-43]
MDRC - New York, NY

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MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Assistant to work in our Young Adults and Postsecondary Education policy area, which conducts research to gauge the effectiveness of programs designed to help low-income students succeed in community colleges. MDRC offers an intellectually curious and supportive work environment. The Technical Research Assistant will work as a part of a multidisciplinary team on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment, under the guidance and supervision of leading public policy experts.


The primary role of a Technical Research Assistant is to process, manage, and analyze a variety of primary quantitative data sets to help other researchers at MDRC determine the impacts of social programs and policies. Key responsibilities include:
  • Writing SAS code to create outcome measures, restructure data files, and perform data-cleaning operations.
  • Writing technical memos that document data processing and data quality.
  • Running statistical models and performing data analysis in SAS to identify the impacts of social programs.
Beyond working with data sets, the Technical Research Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved with many aspects of projects, including:
  • Contributing to analytical sections of research reports.
  • Developing survey and data collection instruments.
  • Active involvement in various stages of research projects, from proposals to project design to analysis and reporting.
  • Possible travel to visit research sites in the field.

This is an entry-level position. Candidates should have a strong academic background and work or academic experience in quantitative research. Interest and ability are often as important as direct experience. Specific qualifications include:
  • BA or BS degree in statistics, economics, public policy, sociology, psychology, computer science, mathematics, social science, or a related field preferred.
  • Exposure to a statistical programming or database programming language such as SAS (preferred), STATA, SPSS, or SQL.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (especially Word and Excel).
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to work with data.
This position is based in MDRC’s New York City office. MDRC offers a competitive salary contingent upon experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered. On-the-job training is provided; MDRC regularly offers in-house training in SAS programming (from basics to advanced topics), Excel, statistics, and other topics.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, MDRC strongly encourages minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. Legal work authorization required.

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