Junior Research Associate

Synergy Enterprises, Inc., a minority and woman owned government contractor, is seeking a Junior Research Associate to work in its Silver Spring, MD headquarters. The Junior Research Associate will work closely with both evaluation staff and technical staff, providing support in a variety of areas. Such areas may include providing technical assistance, reviewing and editing publications, conducting research, writing short informational reports and publications, and analyzing and reporting data.

  • Assist in development and delivery of high-quality methods of providing technical assistance and products.
  • Write, review, and edit a variety of informational products, written materials and website and online resources.
  • Conduct research and provide support for a variety of activities, including, but not limited to, developing white papers, case studies, training materials, fact sheets, newsletters, webinars, and other technical-assistance related products.
  • Assist with data collection, entry, analysis, and reporting efforts.
  • Help maintain quality control measures across the project to ensure client deliverables are of high quality.
  • Be proficient and professional representing the TA Center and its various endeavors at off-site events, meetings, and via phone, email and online meetings.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Education or Social Science related field.             
  • Advanced skill set with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web-based databases.
  • Demonstrated skills in research, data collection, and analysis (knowledge of SAS and SPSS preferred).
  • Self-starter with strong time management and multitasking skills.
  • Excels at working in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Able to work under pressure, managing several complex assignments with multiple deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including proofreading or copyediting experience.
  • Has an understanding of online data collection forms.
  • Able to travel to regionally or out of state 1-2 times/month.
  • Special expertise in the fields of education, school safety, marketing, evaluation, research is a plus.


Other job requirements:

  • The position requires that individuals be available to work as necessary throughout the standard workweek and often on weekends as well.
  • The position requires the ability to travel, including overnight (approximately 20% of time, depending upon need). 

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands:  While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle objects and documents; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.  Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision. Employee may use office equipment such as telephone, computer, computer software, calculator, printer, copier, and facsimile. 
  • Work environment: Employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.