180 days ( open to all ) Research Assistant

  • Opening Date: November 25, 2019
  • Closing Date: December 6, 2019
  • LC Organization Unit: Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: Federal Research Division
  • Grade: GS-07
  • Series: 1412
  • Availability: Open to All
  • Duration: Temporary, Not-to-Exceed 180 days


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, National Institute of Health, 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.

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

Selects, abstracts, and translates 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




Conditions of Employment

Educational Requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in economics, foreign area studies, healthcare, statistics, or similar.

Candidates must currently have, or anticipate receiving, a master’s degree in economics, foreign area studies, healthcare, statistics, or similar before starting work.

Candidates with 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 December 6, 2019. 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.