Research Assistant, Statistics and Methodology, NORC at University of Chicago 2019-05-28T01:00:41+00:00

Job description:

NORC at the University of Chicago is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts data collection and social policy studies on health care, education, economics, and related topics. NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations. We offer our employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package.

We seek a Research Assistant for BEAD which resides within our Business Ventures and Innovation Department in our Washington DC Area office who will work onsite at Federal client locations.


Behavioral and Economic Analysis and Decision-making     The Behavioral and Economic Analysis and Decision-Making (BEAD) team at NORC provides clients with actionable insights on critical policy and business issues. Applying rigorous, state-of-the-art methods from the fields of consumer behavior, judgment and decision-making, behavioral finance, household economics, cognitive science, experimental methods, and statistical analysis, BEAD obtains fact-based empirical evidence and distills the results into comprehensive, understandable, and usable reports and recommendations.

  • Provide general research support related to survey methods and analytics on assignments of low to moderate complexity.
  • Conduct literature reviews, statistical analysis of primary and secondary data and prepares memos, tables, and graphs based on findings under supervision of experienced professionals.
  • Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes. Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews.
  • Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serving as an editor for deliverables.
  • Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction.
  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, and agency goals and objectives.
  • Perform complex data analyses using SAS, R, Python or other statistical software package


  • Bachelor’s degree with an excellent academic record, including courses in statistics, mathematics, social science, or computer science
  • Academic or work experience performing data analysis using a R and SAS
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and with others


NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.


As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.

NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.

NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.