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Research Associate

American Institutes for Research

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Location: Crystal City, 18th Street South, National Landing, Arlington, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, 22202, USA Posted: Mar 26, 2020

Job Description


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. We pride ourselves in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

AIR’s Research and Evaluation area is seeking a Research Associate to join our team in Crystal City, Virginia. The Research Associate will provide support on several large-scale international assessments, for example, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).


The Research Associate will assist on a day-to-day basis in support of activities pertaining to international assessments. Work activities will primarily include researching topics pertaining to international education; assisting with data analysis; conducting data quality checks; preparing and reviewing data tables, figures, and data documentation; assisting with writing and the review of research papers and statistical reports; revising manuscripts in response to editorial and technical comments; preparing products for release based on detailed publication standards; assisting with website updates; and developing presentations for professional audiences.


  • BA and 3+ years of experience or M.A./M.S. in fields such as statistics, economics, education or other related fields;
  • Ability to work under conditions requiring careful attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities under time constraints;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, including the ability to maintain a professional and effective working relationship with project staff and clients;
  • Interest in research in education; comparative and international studies; content areas such as mathematics, science, or reading;
  • Preferred: Quantitative research experience, assessment and/or survey research experience, and experience working with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, STATA, R).

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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