PIRE’s National Capital Regional Center (NCR) is looking for a part-time, temporary Research Associate II to provide support to research staff on one or more projects to coordinate and/or conduct research, under the direction of more senior project staff. The current project will run approximately six months and will require 10-15 hours per week with a salary range of $32- $34 per hour. This is a hybrid position based out of our Beltsville, MD office.


  • Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health or related field, as well as four years of experience in a research capacity.
  • Advanced Professional Skills: Extensive knowledge of substance use and injury prevention, and a working knowledge of related fields.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, ability to work independently and coordinate several simultaneous project activities.
  • Working knowledge of commonly used software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is required.
  • Experience using R, SAS, SPSS, or STATA.
  • Previous experience of collecting and analyzing research data (quantitative and/or qualitative) is highly desirable.
  • One writing sample required (preferably a first-authored peer-reviewed publication).
  • Two professional references.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to beginning work at PIRE except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to an accommodation.


  • Implement research study protocols and monitor project activities.
  • Assist with literature reviews related to substance use and injury prevention topics, such as opioid overdose prevention, harm reduction, and child safety issues.
  • Schedule study participants and participate in data collection efforts, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
  • Perform data entry, data cleaning, and data management in preparation for analyses.
  • Apply basic statistical analysis skills as required with minimal supervision. May apply more advanced methods and sophisticated statistical software with consultation and supervision by supervisor. Assist with qualitative data coding and quality assurance.
  • Assist in preparation of study results. Help to prepare final data files, reports, and presentations.
  • Lead and/or support manuscript development.

About PIRE

PIRE has a significant national presence in the area of applied science, with funded research projects at its centers on prevention, treatment, and policy research. PIRE social scientists and practitioners continually focus on the design and implementation of complex program evaluation strategies and the conduct of research related to health and social issues, and criminal justice. PIRE practitioners and scientists provide training and technical assistance in many health-related areas to states and communities that are attempting to improve public health.

PIRE is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer
PIRE is a diverse community devoted to the promotion and acceptance of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, gender or physical ability. Each employee, regardless of position, is expected to support actively the organization's commitment to such diversity by displaying a positive attitude toward and acceptance of all employees regardless of such differences.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
PIRE will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please contact Human Resources by email at hr@pire.org.