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Research and Survey

Research Methodologist

Apply now Job no: 494896 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Center for Excellence in Survey Research


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking qualified Research Methodologists to support the Center for Excellence in Survey Research.

DEPARTMENT: Center for Excellence in Survey Research

CESR helps identify and share best practices—both internally and externally—across the continuum of research design and implementation at NORC. To accomplish its mission, the Center conducts timely, state-of-the-art statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods, as well as the analysis of data from surveys and information collection activities. The CESR staff partner with colleagues and work on projects housed in every research department at NORC to encourage including the most innovative and industry best practices in our methodologies. External clients benefit from CESR’s team members’ expertise across a range of topics by working directly with CESR or through a multidisciplinary collaboration with NORC’s research departments.

  • Providing technical advice on statistical and methodological issues to Project Directors and Task Leaders
  • Under the direction of senior staff, assuming responsibility for day-to-day project activities, including: survey implementation/production activities, preparing or reviewing deliverables, sample management tasks, monitoring task budget and schedule, resolving technical and management problems, and communicating with the client and subcontractor(s)
  • Serving as an internal consultant on survey design issues, as requested by the Project Director or Task Leader
  • Authoring sections of technical reports, methodology reports, proposals, and other documentary deliverables
  • Designing, conducting, analyzing and preparing reports on experimental/methodological studies
  • Conducting substantive analysis under direction of Principal Investigator or other analyst
  • Leading or contributing to questionnaire evaluation, design, and testing tasks
  • Presenting research papers at professional conferences, and submitting articles for publication in journals
  • Master’s degree in statistics or social sciences, or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent experience in survey research or related field
  • At least 3 years’ experience related to statistics and/or survey methodologies
  • Knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through reading in the literature and/or experience in the field or classroom
  • General familiarity with social science research and policy issues
  • Skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis (SAS, Stata, R, or SPSS) and knowledge of computing platforms and data file construction
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis, qualitative research, writing, problem identification and resolution, task management, and interpersonal communications
  • Skills in supervision, leadership, team building, time management, personal organization, and setting priorities to meet all project, proposal, and administrative needs in a timely fashion are expected

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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