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Research Assistant, Massive Data Institute Georgetown University

Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

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Research Assistant, Massive Data Institute Georgetown University

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


Research Assistant, Massive Data Institute - Georgetown University

The Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy harnesses modern data and computing power to produce cutting edge research and improve public policy decision making.

Job Overview

The Research Assistant plays a vital role to the day-to-day operations of our team at the Massive Data Institute. Their attention to detail, data mining know-how, and analytical skills are essential to completing the most important functions for us for these projects - proper data cleaning and processing protocols, thorough background research on relevant issue areas, and testing of our newly developed data governance models.

Work Interactions

The work of the Research Assistant fits into the overall missions of MDI and McCourt because it harnesses the power of data and technology to solve societal problems and inform evidence-based solutions to reduce inequities. Their contributions to our CJDC governance model and frontend platform, they ensure that we provide sound data to researchers who can examine social disparities in the current civil legal system for individuals facing evictions and debt collections.

The Research Assistant knows our data ingest and cleaning processes and our governance model very well, and readily applies these skills to our environmental justice work, in which we are building an equivalent data commons to examine the effects of environmentally hazardous sites on communities.

The Research Assistant‘s work of diving into privacy technologies in K-12 and postsecondary education is instrumental in the completion of our Gates Foundation landscape analysis. These privacy preserving technologies (PPTs) will advance equity in K-12 and postsecondary spaces by answering previously unanswered research questions on learner outcomes and allowing education agencies and institutions to make better use of available data.

Work Interactions

The Research Assistant reports to a Policy Fellow, who in turn uses the RA's cleaned data, literature reviews, and governance model feedback to inform their management of the CJDC, environmental justice and Gates projects.

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, or a related field
  • Beginner experience in programming languages such as Python, R, or Stata
  • Beginner data cleaning, exploration and analysis skills
  • Strong research and analytical capabilities
  • Strong self-motivation and the ability to juggle multiple tasks at once

Work Mode: Telework. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position's mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University's mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

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Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Need Assistance:

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at 202-687-4798 or [email protected].

Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the Department of Human Resources website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:

The Georgetown University community is committed to our public health approach and the important role that vaccines play in contributing to the safety of our University and our broader communities. Georgetown University requires students, faculty, staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when eligible, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement applies to all faculty and staff, including teleworking employees. Complete details and updates can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.

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