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Research Assistant - AP-NORC Center

Apply now Job no: 495257 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research


The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research is seeking a qualified Research Assistant to support the Center’s survey research projects.  The position’s primary responsibilities include conducting background research and literature reviews on a range of social and economic issues; supporting questionnaire development and testing; and, assisting with data collection, data cleaning and preparation, and report writing. 


The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was created to join the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier independent research organizations, with The AP, which provides news seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population. This combination of rigorous, objective research and reliable, unbiased journalism has unmatched potential to reach both broad audiences and policy makers at every governmental level, creating a seamless transition from the gathering of survey-based information to a more fully-informed society.

  • Conduct literature reviews and background research on a variety of social and economic issues
  • Identify and organize relevant polling and public opinion data for questionnaire development and reports
  • Assist with questionnaire design; systems design and implementation; and testing of survey instruments
  • Prepare materials and write detailed training and reference documents
  • Prepare data files to include data cleaning, coding, and codebook preparation
  • Contribute to team writing assignments including reports and social media postings
  • Track media coverage of polls and Center products
  • Play a key role in coordination and writing tasks related to business and grant development
  • Bachelors' degree in political science, sociology, psychology, or another social science field
  • Strong background  or demonstrated interest in public opinion and survey research
  • Outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Experience with computer-based data analysis (e.g. SAS, Stata, R, SPSS)
  • Strong problem solving capability
  • The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, both independently and in project teams

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, our teams have 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 us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


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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