Academic Research Data Specialist (Remote)

Metropolitan Building, 3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA ● Virtual Req #116
Monday, June 3, 2024

EEO Statement: We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Academic Research Data Specialist


Job Summary:

The Academic Research Data Specialist will be responsible for extracting, transforming, and loading data from external databases into the Institute for Humane Studies' data warehouse. This individual will also be responsible for querying and reporting on IHS internal data for external and internal customers. This data focuses on the academic publications of IHS partners, as well as their level of publicity and impact on policy debates. This individual has skills in database management, analytical and critical thinking skills, knowledge of higher education, and basic skills in software programming.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  •  None. 



  • Extract, transform, and load data from external databases into the IHS data warehouse, both manually and through automated processes.
  • Review new data sources for reliability and value to IHS.
  • Using IHS data warehouse, manage queries and provide reporting to internal (fundraising, programming, academic relations, etc.) and external customers.
  • Review incoming and existing data for data quality.
  • Utilize R and Python for data acquisition, cleaning, and analysis.


Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • 1+ years of relevant work experience and a BA or BS degree in social science, data science, or a comparable field.
    • In lieu of a degree, 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience with SQL.
  • Basic experience with R and/or Python.
  • Experience with data cleaning and transformation.
  • A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and handle and prioritize simultaneous requests.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for classical liberal ideas.
  • Basic knowledge of or high interest in learning more about academic research.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Apex, Google Cloud, and LLMs preferred.
  • Experience with data visualization preferred.


To apply, qualified candidates must submit the following materials (through additional documents):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Your interest in this position.
    • A compelling case on why the IHS mission resonates with you.
  • Portfolio or sample work of R and/or Python code.


Salary: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 annually, commensurate with experience.


  • Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.
  • Remote positions at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) require quarterly in-person meetings at our office location in Arlington, VA.
    • IHS employees are required to visit the office for a minimum of two weeks per year.

About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) supports and partners with university professors working within the classical liberal intellectual tradition. Our vision is that higher education becomes a place where the open exchange of ideas flourishes, and where ideas within the classical liberal tradition are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed so that they inform scholarly and public discourse on the key challenges facing a free society.

Each year, IHS provides thousands of aspiring and established professors graduate student fellowships, career development support, research funding, and support for on-campus student programs. Most importantly, through its scholarly convenings IHS connects these scholars to one another to form a diverse and growing community of thought leaders advancing ideas essential to the good society—a pluralistic and tolerant society in which individuals and communities flourish in a context of openness, dignity, equality, and freedom.


We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

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  • Metropolitan Building, 3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
  • Virtual