Position Description

Technical Research Analyst
Location New York, NY
Job Code 9102-32
# of Openings 1
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MDRC is seeking a Technical Research Analyst with experience with public policy research, data management, and quantitative analysis to join the Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS). MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that uses experimental studies to build knowledge in the social and education policy fields. CABS combines MDRC’s policy and evaluation expertise with insights from behavioral science. Since launching the first major project to apply a behavioral research lens to human services programs that serve low-income families in the United States, CABS has expanded and developed numerous projects in child support, child welfare, welfare-to-work, workforce development, K-12 education, and higher education. Our research draws upon behavioral science, predictive modeling, and other advanced quantitative techniques. Technical Research Analysts within CABS have the opportunity to work as a part of multidisciplinary teams on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment, alongside leading public policy experts.


The main responsibility of a Technical Research Analyst is to collect, process, manage, and analyze a variety of quantitative datasets to help determine the effectiveness of social programs and policies.

  • Writing and reviewing SAS code to create outcome measures, restructure data files, perform data-cleaning operations, and perform various forms of statistical and data analysis.
  • Contributing to and implementing the project team’s data management and security plans.
  • Writing technical memos that document data processing decisions and summarize the quality of data.
  • Contributing to analytical sections of research reports.


We are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds and work experience in quantitative research, data management, or both. The ideal candidate will be a passionate problem-solver — someone who relishes the intricacies of writing code to clean and manage difficult data. This role is a fit for someone who loves data and thrives on engaging in the intellectual puzzle of solving data problems with code.

  • A master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree with relevant experience) in statistics, economics, public policy, sociology, psychology, computer programming, mathematics, or a related field preferred.
  • Experience with a statistical programming or database programming language, such as SAS, R, STATA, SPSS, or SQL.
  • A good understanding of quantitative research methods and experience applying quantitative research methods.
  • Active involvement in various stages of research projects, from project design to analysis and reporting.
  • Data management experience.
  • A demonstrated interest in policy research.
  • Strong technical documentation skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Please attach a programming sample to your application.

The Technical Research Analyst position is based in MDRC’s New York City office. Some on-the-job training is provided. We offer excellent fringe benefits, including generous paid vacation and personal days, comprehensive employer-subsidized health insurance, and flexible scheduling, among others. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

MDRC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MDRC does not discriminate, and all qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to race; color; national origin; religion; creed; sex or gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression); sexual orientation; citizenship status; pregnancy; disability; age; military or veteran status; marital or partnership status; genetic information, genetic predisposition, or carrier status; prior unemployment status; consumer credit history; status as a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses, or stalking; or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Legal work authorization is required.

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