Pew Research Center

  • Organization Overview

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research in the areas of U.S. politics and policy views; media and journalism; internet and technology; religion and public life; race and ethnicity; global attitudes and U.S. social and demographic trends. The Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Pew Research Center’s work is carried out by a staff of 180.

Department Overview
In response to the changing nature of data on human behaviors and attitudes, the Center created Data Labs in 2015 to explore the emerging field of computational social science (CSS), which applies data science methods to social science research questions. Labs uses data science and computational methods to contribute to the Center’s ongoing research in our key issue areas.

Position Overview
The Computational Social Scientist should be eager to be a part of a team using data science methods to contribute to the public good. They should have a computational and social science background and be able to creatively pull the bottom line and craft accessible storylines from complex datasets. They should be adaptable and comfortable trying out new approaches and methods.

The Computational Social Scientist serves as principal investigator on CSS research projects. They will contribute to all aspects of the Center’s CSS research, including project development and scoping, analysis, writing and communication of findings to internal and external audiences. They will serve as a primary point of contact between Labs management and other members of the research team on the projects they oversee and will often be expected to balance the demands of multiple projects at once.


    • Designs and manages research projects in the computational social science space.
    • Contributes to all steps of the research process, from data collection to data analysis.
    • Regularly writes and edits reports and blog posts.
    • Contributes to the internal R and Python codebase of tools for data collection and data analysis.
    • Conducts reviews of code and results for accuracy.
    • Leads internal training and gives external presentations for research peers, journalists, and decision-makers.


    • BA required, advanced degree in any field of computational or social research preferred.
    • 5 to 9 years of research experience, with at least 3 to 5 years of specialized experience in computational social research. Both graduate training at the PhD level or equivalent experience in an applied setting will be considered.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements

    • Proficiency with the standard data science stack in R and/or Python required.
    • Practical experience in statistical analysis and machine learning required.
    • Practical experience with git required.
    • Experience writing about CSS research for both technical and general audiences strongly preferred.
    • Practical experience with Natural Language Processing strongly preferred.
    • Experience scraping unstructured data from the web preferred.
    • Familiarity working with image data desired.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Procedure

A complete application will include the following required items:

    • A cover letter highlighting your skills and describing your computational social science research experience.
    • A resume.
    • Sample work in an online portfolio or email attachment.

FLSA Status – Exempt
Total Rewards

In addition to competitive pay, Pew Research Center’s employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes:

    • Affordable, comprehensive health, dental and vision plans
    • Generous paid time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal and family leave.
    • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
    • A robust wellness program that includes an annual allowance.


Pew Research Center makes employment decisions without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. We champion inclusion, diversity and equity, and we encourage applications from candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

To apply for this job please visit