Meta-Analysis Data Scientist

Analyst Institute · Remote (USA)

Data + Analytics Public Service & Civic Engagement $75000 - $95000 Per Year Posted 1 month ago

Project Management
Data Science
Machine Learning
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Job description

Analyst Institute is looking to fill the full-time role of Meta-Analysis Data Scientist on the Research Team as soon as possible. You'll be part of a close-knit, cutting edge team of experts with backgrounds in social, behavioral, and data science. We will accept and review applications submitted by November 15, 2020.

The Team

Over the past two decades, the progressive, civic engagement, and academic communities have conducted hundreds of randomized controlled field experiments to determine the efficacy and cost-efficiency of various approaches to voter mobilization and persuasion. These experiments have evaluated the impact of voter contact programs across a wide variety of electoral, temporal, and geographic contexts. As part of the research team at Analyst Institute, the meta-analysis team uses statistics to combine these studies to learn even more about the impact of voter contact programs.

The Role

The Meta-Analysis Data Scientist will serve as a methodological expert on our ambitious meta-analysis project, leading the statistical development of one of the organization’s most innovative research projects. The Meta-Analysis Data Scientist will be responsible for the design and validation of the statistical models underpinning this multi-faceted, long-term project that addresses a wide variety of analytical subjects: meta-regression, heterogeneity, predictive modeling, and more. If you are a strong methodologist with a thirst to tackle challenging research questions and have real world impact, this could be a great role for you.

At Analyst Institute, you will get exposure to people and research across the progressive movement, serve as the bridge between sophisticated social science research and practical take-aways for folks working on the ground, and collaborate with amazing people. You will be a prominent player in the progressive world, and we will invest in your skills and professional development.



You should be someone who:

  • Has advanced knowledge of causal inference and methods of social scientific measurement.
  • Has relevant work or post-graduate education experience conducting all parts of the research process, including research question development, study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Has experience developing and validating predictive models, response models, or heterogeneous treatment effect models, including addressing modeling issues such as: heteroskedasticity, overidentification, bias/variance trade-off adjustments.
  • Has expertise in statistics software - preferably R or Python - including the ability to develop packages, write custom functions, and work collaboratively using version control software like Git.
  • Is detail-oriented and driven to get things right; we have a hard-earned reputation for doing rigorous work.
  • Is an independent problem-solver with good intuitions about when to ask for help.
  • Has experience conducting or strong familiarity with meta-analytic techniques using aggregated or individual data.
  • Is up to speed and willing to stay current on the latest work in quantitative political methodology, statistics, causal inference and related fields.
  • Is familiar with the procedures and systems used in large-scale data collection and management, including cleaning and validating messy data.
  • Has project management skills, including scope and timeline management skills; particularly for complex, quantitative research projects.
  • Has experience with scientific communication, translating technical concepts to non-technical audiences.

Though not required, please note if your skills and experience include:

  • Familiarity with social science research on persuasion, voter mobilization, or other relevant topics.
  • Experience working with communities of color and other underrepresented groups or experience studying racial and ethnic politics.
  • Experience implementing a range of causal inference methodologies, including experimental designs (e.g. randomized controlled trials, field experiments, factorial or conjoint experiments) and non-experimental designs (e.g. regression discontinuity, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, matching).
  • Experience with multilevel modeling, machine learning, network analysis, Bayesian statistics, or natural language processing.
  • Technical skills including utilizing relational databases with SQL and accessing storage buckets like Amazon S3.
  • Experience working with voter files, survey data or other political data (e.g., precinct level election data, volunteer or member data, political contribution data, etc.).
  • An ability to effectively manage a small team, including providing day-to-day oversight and ensuring coordination across multiple workflows.


  • Location: We are open to candidates working in D.C. or remotely, although all staff are currently working remotely now due to COVID-19. In the past, roughly half of our staff worked remotely, and our internal culture fully supports and integrates our remote staff. When it is safe to do so, remote staff may be asked to come to D.C. periodically for training, important convenings, and team-building.
  • Compensation range: We are open to a range of candidates, from rising stars to established professionals. Salary commensurate with experience, from $75,000 to $95,000.
  • Benefits: These include 100% premium-covered health, dental, and vision care, generous paid time off and comp time for working extended hours, 401k matching, generous parental leave, and professional development stipends for self-directed growth.
  • Application process: Please submit your application by November 15, 2020 for consideration. After submission, some applicants will be invited to complete a skills-based task.
  • For more information: In a recent progressive jobs survey, Analyst Institute was rated the top place respondents wanted to work. See some of the reasons you may want to work here too and visit our website for more information about the work we do.

The Analyst Institute values diversity in thought, background and experience, and we’re an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot provide sponsorship for those requiring visas or work permits.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves skill in using a personal computer; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and lift and carry light materials (up to 10 lbs.); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car. There will be long periods of screen use, and this role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. For those located in DC, this job operates in a professional office environment with artificial light and the majority of work will take place in an open office environment with exposure to possible allergens.

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