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Senior Researcher, Domestic Research

Research | New York, NY | Temporary

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Senior Researcher, Domestic Research for a 3-month temporary contract (mid-January to mid-April 2021) position with a possible extension to 4 months. Reporting to the Director of Content Research, the Senior Researcher’s work will focus on Sesame Workshop’s domestic research projects, primarily coding and cleaning data. The right candidate will have had experience in a social science research lab and conducting research with children, parents and caregivers. We are also looking for someone with quantitative/statistical skills (t-tests, ANOVAs, regressions) and experience using SPSS (or another statistical package). This position can work remotely for the 3 month contract duration. Approximate hours: 35/week.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Entering, cleaning, coding and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data in excel and/or SPSS
  • Assisting with the development of interview protocols, stimuli, and surveys
  • Supporting the coordination of research projects (e.g., scheduling testing sessions, training and managing interns and freelancers)
  • Assisting the lead interviewer and sometimes acting as the lead interviewer for testing sessions
  • Summarizing research results for a range of audiences
  • Conducting literature searches and keeping up with latest child development and media effects research
  • Supporting Sesame Workshop research team with administrative tasks as needed



  • 18 months + of research experience at a non-profit, academic, or educationally oriented institution
  • Master’s degree in Education, Child Development, Educational Psychology or similar field with a quantitative focus
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience with basic statistics (t-tests, ANOVAs, regressions) and statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R)
  • Experience interviewing children and the adults who care for them
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office (especially Excel) and internet navigation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively, track and follow-up on various tasks, and multi-task
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and relationship management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work early mornings, occasional evenings and weekends as studies may require early/late/weekend sessions
  • Experience with preschool children’s media (video and digital/interactive) preferred
  • Experience with user-centered design or UX research preferred

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