Research Assistant II

New York City / Hybrid Work Schedule
July 2022
Full-time, Regular, Non-Exempt
Reports to
Senior Research Scientist or Principal Research Scientist

Position summary:

Assist with social science research pertaining to reproductive behavior and access to health care services (principally sexual behavior, family planning, unintended pregnancy and abortion) in both domestic and international contexts.

Three (3) positions available. 


  • Assist with data collection

    • Investigate and troubleshoot minor issues related to data collection, including for respondent, database, and other technical issues

    • Edit, format, print, and test data collection instruments

    • Learn and follow procedures for tracking survey respondents

    • Check and code returned questionnaires in preparation for data entry

    • Maintain and update accurate records and notes in fielding databases

    • Follow-up with survey respondents via telephone, fax, and email

    • Recruit clinics to participate in studies

    • Maintain proper documentation of all fieldwork activities and archive project files

  • Assist senior staff in preparing manuscripts and presentation materials

    • Formatting to meet journal specifications, including text, tables and figures

    • Checking and formatting references

    • Fact-checking manuscripts, reports and fact sheets

    • Create tables and figures for manuscripts and presentations

    • Assist with preparing posters or presentations for conferences

  • Data-related tasks

    • Basic programming to read data, create and recode variables, generate descriptive tabulations, and implement analyses

  • Data entry, cleaning, and checking

  • Compile data into tables

  • Cleaning, transcribing and de-identifying qualitative data transcripts

  • Search for and gather literature and relevant information; draft summaries of articles for a literature review; maintain updated reference lists and group library settings in Zotero

  • Archive work during and after project completion, with assistance

  • Assist project manager or project principal with tasks, which could include budget, project schedules, work plan, meetings, contracts, payments, and IRB submission process

  • Coordinate meetings, including taking notes, scheduling, and drafting agendas

  • Serve as an in-house source of support for basic queries on computer applications or software (e.g., Powerpoint, MS office applications, Stata, R, NVivo, Git, Zotero, etc.) that the employee is especially skilled with or has received additional training

  • Perform other job-related tasks and projects as assigned



  • Experience using quantitative or qualitative data analysis software (Stata, R, Nvivo, etc.)

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and willingness to gain proficiency in other computer programs

  • Good organizational and communication skills, accuracy and attention to detail, as well as a self-motivated work style and ability to work well both individually and in a group

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and/or a minimum of 1 year of related work experience required or relevant work experience will be considered

  • Conscientious work habits and adherence to deadlines

  • Familiarity with reproductive health topics, including abortion, contraception, sexual health

  • Good judgment in terms of asking for clarification when necessary, updating supervisors of progress/problems on a timely basis

  • Assume progressively more responsibility for project tasks and work independently without close supervision

  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is desirable

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starting at $52,700 to $68,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.


The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter here.

Please note that telephone inquiries will not be acknowledged. No agencies, please.

The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment, where employees’ talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. We endeavor to make the application process accessible to all users. If you need assistance learning about or applying to our employment opportunities, please contact our human resources department at (212) 248-1111 or [email protected].

Guttmacher is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.