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Apply now Job no: 494641 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Statistician to join the Statistics and Methodology department in Bethesda, Maryland.


Decision makers need reliable objective data and analysis to inform policy and allocate resources. In a time where modes of communications continue to evolve at rapid rates and reaching and engaging respondents remains challenging, the NORC Statistics and Methodology department plays a critical role in designing and implementing successful surveys and analyzing the resulting data.

The Statistics and Methodology department pioneers innovations in all aspects of survey research. NORC statisticians and methodologists help understand the cognitive processes underlying respondents’ reactions to surveys; design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data; and employ advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting survey and secondary data. The department collaborates with all NORC research departments and the Academic Research Centers, as well as conducts research in its own field.

  • Writing and implementing computer programs to extract and manipulate data, make statistical calculations necessary for selecting samples, and perform other statistical analyses
  • Discussing and providing specifications to the task leader/project director and IT Project Manager for the construction of data files from which samples are drawn and from which variances, statistical weights, and standard errors are calculated
  • Performing quality control procedures to ensure the accuracy of deliverables; contributing to and/or reviewing the sampling and analytic sections of reports, final technical reports, and other documentary deliverables
  • Working with the client on sampling and other statistical issues, providing technical information on the types of analyses, limitations of the data, and strengths/weaknesses of various strategies
  • Calculating weights, non-response rates, and standard error estimates as part of documenting sample selection and implementation and carrying out substantive analysis on projects with analytical deliverables
  • Managing, analyzing, and interpreting data to provide insights into important business issues
  • Performing statistical analyses, including developing and implementing predictive models
  • Masters' degree in statistics, social sciences, or other quantitative program, or a Bachelors' degree with equivalent experience in statistics, survey research, or related quantitative field
  • 2-4 years’ work experience required for Stat II-III level position
  • Strong SAS, SPSS, or Stata programming skills; experience with Python and/or R is a plus
  • Knowledge of weighting of various sampling and data collection designs
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods of social science data analysis
  • Strong analytical skills, including data analysis, data visualization, hypothesis testing, interpreting results, and developing recommendations
  • Experience using at least two of the following statistical methods: linear and logistic regression, neural networks, decision trees, experimental design, time-series and forecasting, survival analysis, cluster analysis, Bayesian methods, categorical data analysis
  • Familiarity with survey research literature, methods, and processes
  • Strong writing skills and strong interpersonal communication skills

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.


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