Quantitative Research Assistant

Job Title: Quantitative Research Assistant 
CAL Classification: Research Assistant
Division: Language Assessment Division 
Appointment: Full-time 
Position Available: Immediately 


Quantitative Research Assistant (QRA) works with CAL’s psychometrics and quantitative research team to provide assistance and support in research and project activities related to the ACCESS for ELLs English language proficiency assessment and other English language proficiency assessments. The QRA assists senior researchers in the preparation of analyses and tables and figures to include in written reports. Work includes the analysis of assessment data for internal and external applications, and the preparation of technical reports 


  • Data cleaning. 
  • Work with large data files, including investigating and understanding data transfer procedures and their applications. 
  • Descriptive statistical analysis in Excel and SPSS. 
  • Checking analysis. 
  • Creating SPSS syntax to clean and manipulate data sets. 
  • Investigating and understanding data sets and their connection to applications. 
  • Work to prepare technical reports 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant field, with at least four (4) years of quantitative experience; or 
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant field, at least two (2) years of quantitative experience. 


  • Experience working with SPSS, in a professional position or extended research project. 
  • Experience working with Excel, in a professional position or extended research project. 
  • Experience working with large quantitative data sets. 
  • Experience with following quality control procedures and documenting workflow. 
  • Experience working with a quantitative research team. 
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects independently.  


  • Advanced SPSS skills.  
  • Advanced Excel skills. 
  • Experience with R 
  • Experience with SPSS syntax, in a professional position or extended research project. 
  • Experience with educational assessment, especially language assessment and/or online adaptive assessment. 

Remote Work and Relocation 

This position will start as temporary telework due to current COVID-19 work conditions but requires the selected candidate to reside within the DC/MD/VA area. There is no relocation assistance for this position. 

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate. The employee may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position for 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. CAL adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice. 

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Statement 

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

CAL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CAL employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.  


Please provide a resume and a cover letter to jobs@cal.org, referencing position number “20-06 Quantitative Research Assistant” in subject line. 

Center for Applied Linguistics 
4646 40th Street NW 
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859 
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 20-06 Quantitative Research Assistant 

Attn: Recruitment 20-06 Quantitative Research Assistant 


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