Survey Analyst

As Survey Analyst, you will support running GovAI's surveys of the public and key expert populations (such as AI researchers, policymakers, and economists). You will also help analyse the data for upcoming and ongoing projects and contribute to the design of surveys. The position is initially limited to three months as a contractor. We will process applications on a rolling basis.

Applications for this position have now closed.

About the Team

GovAI was founded to help humanity navigate the transition to a world with advanced AI. Our research agenda, published in 2018, helped define and shape the nascent field of AI governance. Our team and affiliate community possess expertise in a wide variety of domains, including compute governance, US-China relations, arms race dynamics, EU policy, and AI progress forecasting.

GovAI's survey research explores public and expert opinion on AI in relation to topics that are important for AI governance. Previous GovAI survey research has investigated the attitudes of AI researchers on questions relevant to the ethics and governance of AI, immigration, and AI timelines. Our survey research has been reported on by the Economist, BBC, Wired, Bloomberg, MIT Tech Review, Vox, and New Scientist. It has been mentioned in the UK National AI Strategy. Ongoing studies are looking at cross-cultural public opinion of AI, economists’ views of long-run economic growth, and attitudes towards AI amongst local US policymakers.

Role Description 

As Survey Analyst, you will support running surveys of the public and key expert populations (such as AI researchers, policymakers, and economists). You will also help analyse the data for upcoming and ongoing projects and contribute to the design of surveys. The position is initially limited to three months as a contractor.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Analysing survey and forecasting data for academic and non-academic publications
  • Streamlining GovAI’s survey analysis pipeline and code to make it easily adaptable to new projects and as automated as possible
  • Generating data visualisations for academic and non-academic publications
  • Consulting on statistical matters and questions on survey methods and design, including questions such as item development and instrumentation, sampling, weighting, imputations, nonresponse bias, analysis methods, and power analyses
  • Writing pre-analysis plans for projects and ensuring files and data are prepared for future replication efforts, including for uploading to open science databases
  • Potentially supporting the process of writing technical reports and academic papers

Selection Criteria

Key

  • Strong background in data analysis and proven ability to analyse survey data (may include experience from data science, polling, psychology, political science, economics, research methods)
  • Knowledge of key statistical issues relating to analysing survey data and comfort in using a range of statistical methodologies (tasks may involve, for example, analysing conjoints, constructing and aggregating CDFs, simulation-based power analyses, mixed or multilevel models, multilevel regression and poststratification)   
  • Master’s or PhD degree, or equivalent work experience post undergraduate degree (relevant degrees can include, but are not limited to, statistics and research methods, data science, psychology, political science, and economics). This should include 2 years or more of quantitative or statistical analysis experience from academic or professional work or otherwise relevant research experience.
  • Strong proficiency in R for data analysis, or proficiency in other languages for statistical analysis with proven ability to quickly pick up new coding languages since the analyses will be completed in R
  • Strong commitment to research integrity and high quality data analysis
  • High attention to detail

Desirable

  • Experience or interest in developing expertise in analysing forecasting data
  • Experience with survey design and distribution
  • Ability to automate analysis workflows and create online data dashboards and reports
  • Familiarity with open science practices, pre-analysis plans, pre-registering studies
  • Experience with data visualisation
  • Familiarity with using GitHub
  • Familiarity with Qualtrics
  • Interest in understanding AI governance issues and the impacts of AI on society
  • Strong written communication skills

Salary and location

Applicants will work full-time or part-time for an initial 3 months as a contractor. The work will be done remotely. The survey analyst contractor will be compensated at a rate of 40 USD/hour. Whilst the role ideally would be full-time, time commitments can be scoped out together for individuals only able to accept a part-time role.

How to apply‍ and what to expect

Applications for this position have now closed.

Apply using the form below. We will process applications on a rolling basis.

The first page of the application form will give more detail on the materials you will be asked to submit.  You will be asked to submit a CV, two representative work samples, as well as answers to two non-technical questions. After considering applications, we will ask promising candidates to complete a short paid trial task and invite them to an interview.

We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and we encourage individuals with underrepresented perspectives and backgrounds to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, gender minorities, people of colour, and people from regions other than North America and Western Europe who are excited about contributing to our mission. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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