Research Associate

American Institutes for Research

Join AIR as a Research Associate with our Health team. Our Health team works collaboratively to unravel the intertwined challenges of health care quality, costs, and access. Our team of experts – nurses, physicians, psychologists, economists, sociologists, data scientists, and public health experts – advance evidence and save lives by leading rigorous research and evaluation; results-driven technical assistance and training; and leading-edge data science and technology tools.


Use your experience, knowledge, and education to help us deliver on our mission: to contribute to a better, more equitable world.


Candidates hired for the position may work remotely within the United States (U.S.) or from one of our U.S. office locations.


About AIR:


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.


AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here .

The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Support the implementation of large-scale payment transformation and health care insurance coverage projects.
  • Apply methods and techniques to manage and analyze quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Construct, clean, and properly document large datasets for analysis.
  • Conduct literature reviews to support projects and proposals.
  • Support technical assistant activities.
  • Support research teams in project management and administrative activities such as setting up Zoom and Teams video conference calls, coordinate across multiple calendars to arrange meetings, and manage timelines and budgets.
  • Support client relationship management, including communicating with clients, write-up client-ready meeting summaries, and making logistical arrangements.
  • Support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to organization.
  • Support business development activities, including coordinating proposal activities, managing timelines, collecting materials, and supporting development of proposal budgets.
  • Review work products to ensure quality and consistency of content.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, public health, data science, or related social science field required, OR  bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of data analysis and data management techniques.
  • Knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, STATA, and/or R.
  • Proficiency with Word and Excel.
  • Report and/or proposal preparation experience.
  • Knowledge of Medicare or Medicaid is preferred but not required.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.


  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to accuracy when writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment.



Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


AIR’s Total Rewards Program , is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated salary of $32.00/hr. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.


AIR maintains a drug-free work environment .


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