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Research and Survey

Senior Statistician

Apply now Job no: 495331 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Senior Statistician to join our Statistics and Methodology department.


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.

  • Senior Survey Statistician will assume responsibility for writing the statistical, sampling, analysis, and/or methodology sections of technical proposals.
  • Work with a team of methodologists, project directors, and production leaders, taking a leadership role for statistical tasks of assigned projects, including budget monitoring, managing project staff, and developing and maintaining client relations.
  • Project responsibilities as task leader include sample design and selection; sample monitoring, analysis and estimation, methodology, quality initiatives, and management of the statistical team.
  • As project director, this position will play a leadership role and have overall responsibility for all project administrative and technical activities.
  • Administrative responsibilities include participation in selection and development of professional staff, and developing business opportunities.
  • Masters' degree or Ph.D. in Statistics or the social sciences.
  • 7 years' experience in positions of increasing responsibility in statistics, survey research methods, or related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience in project management and proposal development.
  • The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of sampling, weighting, estimation, imputation, mathematical statistics, and survey methodology.
  • Knowledge of the methods, principles, and processes of survey research and broad experience in the field.
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis.
  • General familiarity with social science research and policy issues.
  • Expert skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis.
  • Solid writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated skills in time management.

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.

WHO WE ARE:  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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