180 days ( u.s. citizens only ) Research Assistant (Temporary Appointment)

  • Opening Date: July 28, 2020
  • Closing Date: August 7, 2020
  • LC Organization Unit: Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: Federal Research Division
  • Grade: GS-07
  • Series: 1412
  • Availability: U.S. Citizens Only
  • Duration: 180 Days


Pay Scale and Grade: GS 07

Salary: $48,670 to $63,267 per year

Appointment Type: Temporary, Not-to-Exceed 180 days

Work Schedule: Full or Part Time – Flexitime


Multiple vacancies in the following location:

Washington DC

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes (during quarantine period)

This job is open to

U.S. Citizens



The Research Assistant’s duties will focus on a myriad of research topics for a broad range of executive and legislative branch agencies, including: Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Small Business Administration, Housing and Urban Development, Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States Copyright Office.


The position description number for this position is 238058.

This position has no promotion potential.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

This position works a flexitime work schedule. Work may be part or full time at the discretion of the selected candidate.

This is a non-supervisory, non-bargaining position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Research assistants perform research and analysis on a variety of topics as needed for the Federal Research Division. Research supports specific assignments in any of the following subject areas: political, military, economic, population, labor force, social sciences, and/or healthcare. Assistants support senior research analysts and project managers by providing research and writing services to federal agency program managers. Standard search techniques are used to obtain reports, data, and information needed to satisfy contract requirements.

Researchers select, abstract, and translate data from specific sources. Findings may be communicated orally and/or through written materials, including abstracts, summaries, and graphics products. Verifies information for completeness and accuracy. Screens publications, electronic resources, and topics pertaining to a specialized field, in foreign and domestics arenas. Utilizes Library of Congress collections and open source materials in conducting research.

Research may include the use of information from foreign languages.

Travel Required

Not Required

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Job Family (Series)



Conditions of Employment

Educational Requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in economics, foreign area studies, healthcare, statistics, or similar. Candidates with master’s degrees and/or critical foreign language skills (Korean, Chinese, Russian, Arabic) will be preferred.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.


Interested Candidates should submit their resume, a short statement of interest (no longer than ½ page), and a writing sample to Kris Hassinger, krha@loc.gov by close of business August 7, 2020. Applicant information will be reviewed and the top qualified candidates will be interviewed. The selection will be based on how well the candidates meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required.