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Research and Survey

Research Assistant - Behavioral and Economic Analysis and Decision-Making

Apply now Job no: 495566 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Business Ventures and Innovation


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.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so.  Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership. This position in particular will be on-site at a Federal client several days a week once it is safe. 

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 R and SAS.  Intermediate familiarity with R preferred. 
  • 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, 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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