PRRI Research Assistant

Position Summary:

The Research Assistant will be responsible for contributing to PRRI’s major research reports, blog posts, and other scholarly work. The Research Assistant will be involved in all stages of the research process, including questionnaire design, analysis of the survey findings, and drafting the final report. The Research Assistant will also assist in responding to media requests, producing toplines and banners, and number-checking all of PRRI’s research products. This position reports to the Director of Research.


  • Writing (30%):

o   Working with other team members, assist with writing content for all PRRI publications, including research reports, blog posts, scholarly articles, and other writing tasks as assigned.

  • Research & Analysis (70%):

o   Assist with number checking and fact checking all research products

o   Assist with background research and questionnaire development

o   Construct survey toplines and banners

o   Conduct custom analyses in response to media requests

o   Create PowerPoint presentations

o   Create tables and charts using Microsoft Excel and HighCharts

o   Review social media content—Tweets, Facebook posts—for accuracy


  • B.A. in Political Science, Sociology, or a related field
  • One to three years of experience conducting survey research or writing about surveys for a lay audience
  • Outstanding written and communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience with SPSS strongly preferred

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Application deadline is May 2, 2017 or until position is filled. No phone calls or recruiters, please.

About PRRI:

PRRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, opinion leaders, scholars, clergy, and the general public better understand debates on public policy issues and the role of religion and values in American public life by conducting high quality public opinion surveys and qualitative research. Please visit our website for more information at