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Research Associate - R3

American Institutes for Research

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Location: Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA Posted: Mar 03, 2020

Job Description


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR prides itself in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for federal and state government organizations, foundations, and the private sector. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people. We are seeking a Research Associate (K-12 Education) to join our Professional Services team. The Research Associate (K-12 Education) will work on a variety of contrants and grants providing support for various research projects. For this position, we are seeking an individual with experience in K-12 education and strong qualitative research skills. This position will be based in our Austin, TX office.

**Because of federal government contract requirements that apply to this position, only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this position**


  • Lead site visits to K-12 schools, including conducting focus groups, interviews, and observations
  • Analyze qualitative research data using NVivo and contribute to the reporting and interpretation of findings
  • Develop and administer online surveys
  • Develop spreadsheets and data bases to support project activities
  • Conduct literature reviews to support projects and proposals
  • Assist staff in the review, identification and development of scholarly information describing research findings
  • Create graphs, tables and other data visualization elements using Excel, R, or other programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of work experience or master's degree in education, psychology, sociology, public policy or other social science related field
  • Experience conducting research in a K-12 education setting
  • Experience conducting in-person interviews and focus groups (experience with students a plus)
  • Experience coding qualitative data using NVivo
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite or the equivalent (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Some statistics skills are a plus

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.

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