American Institutes for Research

Research Associate

Job Location US-DC
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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 Washington, DC. The associate would contribute to the development of statistics about education that inform the discussion, debate, and planning of decision-makers at national, state, and local levels through a contract with the National Center for Education Statistics. Our work includes all post-collection processing activities for data collected as part of the National Household Education Surveys program. This includes cleaning, quality control, data editing, weighting, imputation, and disclosure prevention.
The candidate will decipher complicated and often incomplete or erroneous data files, check for errors and anomalies in the data files, and communicate potential issues to the client, as well as design and implement data editing, imputation, and weighting programming code to create final, accurate analytic data files for public release.


• M.A. in statistics, economics, educational policy, or other related field
• Experience with data management and analysis in at least one statistical software package such as R, Stata, or SAS/WPS
• Understanding of basic descriptive and inferential statistics (e.g., cross-tabulations, t-tests, and chi-square tests)
• General understanding of potential data quality issues and how to check for them
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Attention to detail and interest in educational research


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