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    WHAT DOES A SOCIAL SCIENTIST DO? A Social Scientist develops, executes, manages, and provides oversight to research activities using social science and statistical methodology to profile and evaluate market segments of taxpayers for compliance with tax laws and resolve critical problems and to draw rational inferences. The individual will be required to possess a thorough understanding of the basic social economic and social psychology problems. The individual should have strong analytical and methodology skills including both qualitative and quantitative data collection. In this role, a Social Scientist will be responsible for the integration of the assigned study into the major social economic and social psychology research problem, and the planning and execution of sequential work steps.

    As a Social Scientist you will:

    • Provide technical advice in the development of specifications for all or a segment of the social science research study, presenting the data and analytical materials in the form most suitable to the end users.
    • Work with senior social scientist performing work assignments in the areas of social economic and social psychology and assumes technical responsibility in the assigned area for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, execution, and control of major social science studies or continuous projects.
    • Work with other Internal Revenue Service offices, senior scientists, and governmental agencies in social science research activities, social survey design, and statistical estimation.
    • Demonstrate applicability of social science concepts and theories when framing research questions, analyzing data, and interpreting findings.
    • Produce tables and graphical materials using standard computer software packages to provide conclusions on data tables and charts.
    • Develop, analyze, and review social economic and social psychology statistical information in assigned area to present findings and assess reasonableness and accuracy of the material produced for a given study.
    • Assume responsibility for the effective use of resources within assigned subject matter projects and monitor such use to advise superiors of necessary remedial action or changes.
    • Review internal and external technical papers, articles, and other reports that use social science data for technical accuracy and proper application of social science methods and statistical analysis, taking into account the limitations of the social economic and social psychology data to ensure updated techniques and procedures are used.
    • Apply social science methods including social marketing, social norms marketing, anthropological marketing, and metaphor marketing to tax administration research to better understand taxpayer behavior and tax compliance.
    • Stay informed of social economic and social psychology, statistical and tax literature through information disseminated from higher graded professionals for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research process and also as a means of helping to evaluate the reasonableness of the data.
    • Apply technical knowledge and experience working with large, complex data sets.
    • Employ a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques and approaches to analyze data, and writing white papers and research notes documenting the analyses and findings.

      Preferred to have knowledge and experience in: Statistical software (e.g. SAS, SQL, R). Tableau. Microsoft Excel and/or Access.

      If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

      WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF-EMPLOYED (SB/SE) DIVISION? The Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division provides examinations and taxpayer education services for about 7 million small businesses and upwards of 33 million self-employed and supplemental income taxpayers.

      WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 25% or less - Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 1-5 days/nights per month.

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