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Researcher, Quantitative Social Science Research

Company: Fors Marsh Group
Location: Arlington
Posted on: November 24, 2022

Job Description:

At Fors Marsh, we combine the power of science and strategy to improve people's lives. Each day, we work with institutions and organizations that seek to disrupt markets, understand and influence behavior, drive action on a national scale, and create positive impact. Our approach extends far beyond our client portfolio-as a certified B Corporation and a 2020 Greenbook Top 50 Market Research Company, we make a difference in our community through corporate-sponsored employee volunteer programs and pro bono partnerships with values-aligned nonprofits. Most importantly, as a 2019-2022 Top Workplace, we are committed to putting people first and foster a culture that reflects that commitment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we celebrate diversity and inclusivity as the foundation of a healthy, successful, and innovative work environment. Join us, and together we can work to ensure a better tomorrow.

Fors Marsh is seeking an intelligent and motivated researcher with a background in quantitative social science. This individual's primary responsibility would be to support a portfolio of social science research projects for our Military Health and Wellbeing Research team. This individual would work in a researcher role, providing expertise to improve service members' well-being and inform policies and organizational decision making. This job is best for someone who enjoys applying innovative methods to solve challenging analytic problems, has experience gleaning insights from large data sets, and thrives in a collaborative environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the development, implementation, and analysis of research projects examining topics related to service member well-being, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, ethnic/racial discrimination, and suicide ideation in the military.
  • Working with a mixed team of data and social scientists to operationalize personnel-related metrics and explore, aggregate, and analyze large, complex quantitative data sets through a variety of techniques.
  • Preparing and analyzing data in R and interpreting results from descriptive and inferential analyses to identify patterns and solutions.
  • Contributing to research reports/briefs for the analyst and non-analyst audiences, written proposals, and other internal or external communications summarizing research methods, findings, and implications.
  • Supporting literature reviews spanning across disciplines and synthesizing information.
  • Supporting all phases of the social science analytics process, including the design, analysis, and interpretation of survey research, integrated datasets (e.g., survey data integrated with administrative data), and other studies.
  • Collaborating with team members and clients to produce insightful research and communicate the most pertinent results to them in a way that is useful and easy to understand.


    • Bachelor's degree in social science (e.g., sociology, political science, psychology) or related field. Master's preferred.
    • A minimum of one year of experience (post-degree) in a researcher role.
    • A minimum of two years' experience with applied social statistics within a professional environment (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA, regression models).
    • Experience working with diverse data sources including survey, personnel, and administrative data.
    • Able to understand various data structures and common methods in data transformation.
    • Ability to work independently without close supervision and in collaboration with other team members.
    • Proficiency writing syntax in R Studio.
    • Applicants must be comfortable working with sensitive topics such as sexual assault and suicidal ideation.
    • Demonstration of excellent verbal and written communications skills including the ability to describe technical concepts to a wide variety of audiences (both technical and non-technical audiences).
    • Applicants may be subject to a low-level government security investigation and must meet eligibility criteria for access to sensitive information.
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen and consent to a full background check due to our federal contract requirements.

      We Offer:

      • Ability to make an impact on people's lives, both internal and external to the organization.
      • Top-tier health, dental, vision, and long and short-term disability coverage all covered at 100% for employee coverage.
      • Remote work.
      • Our company culture, which values balance and allows each employee to take leave as they require it to balance the responsibilities of both their work and home lives without worrying about depleting their available leave hours.
      • We provide a floating holiday bank so you can celebrate the days you value.
      • Generous matching retirement contributions and no vesting period starting the third month of employment.
      • Dedicated training and development budgets to expand your expertise and grow your skillset.
      • You can volunteer your way with paid time off.
      • You can participate in Fors Marsh staff-led affinity groups.
      • Our employees receive product and service discounts through the certified B Corp network.

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