Research Scientist, Demography and Survey Science

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The Demography and Survey Science team's mission is to improve the way we make decisions and measure impact both within and outside of Meta. We collect and analyze rich survey and behavioral datasets to understand new challenges, solve problems, and shape decisions. Our research covers a wide range of topics, including the company’s economic and social impact, product strategy, machine learning training and evaluation data, survey science, and brand sentiment. We are looking for quantitative social scientists with experience answering complex research questions to join us in this effort. Our interdisciplinary team includes those with expertise in statistical inference, survey methodology, causal inference and econometrics, regression modeling, exploratory data analysis, and mathematical demography, among other areas. In this role, you’ll own research end-to-end. This means you’ll navigate trade-offs while designing projects, proposing appropriate methodologies, analyzing data, and communicating results to diverse audiences in order to drive impactful decisions.
Research Scientist, Demography and Survey Science Responsibilities
  • Develop a research agenda and drive research projects from end-to-end
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams across the company to define relevant research questions
  • Design and deploy appropriate research methodologies to answer those questions
  • Develop innovate new approaches to resolve challenging problems
  • Provide teams with usable measurement strategies and methodologies to make better decisions
  • Deliver insights and recommendations clearly to relevant audiences
Minimum Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience designing original research to address complex questions
  • Experience initiating and driving research projects to completion with minimal guidance
  • Experience communicating analyses and results to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Master’s in the social sciences (e.g., Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Communication), or in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Informatics, Econometrics) with experience answering social questions
  • Skilled in at least three of the following: statistical inference, survey methodology, regression modeling, exploratory data analysis, and experimental design
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and programming languages (such as R/Stata, Python, SQL/Hive)
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in the social sciences (e.g., Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Communication), or in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Informatics, Econometrics) with experience answering social questions
  • Experience with large data sets and distributed computing (Hive/Hadoop)
  • Experience with Bayesian statistical models
  • Experience with primary data collection
  • Experience with survey sampling and weighting
  • Experience with observational causal inference (e.g., regression adjustment, matching, propensity score stratification), or quasi-experimental methods (e.g., instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, interrupted time series)
  • Familiarity with qualitative research (e.g., focus groups, interviews, cognitive walkthroughs)
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About Meta
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.
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