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Senior Research Scientist - Medicaid/State health care programs research

Apply now Job no: 495691 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Health Care


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a qualified Senior Research Scientist to direct program and policy projects related to Medicaid and other state health care programs focused on health care delivery and financing. This may include projects involving policy analysis; environmental scans; focus groups and structured interviews with stakeholders including health care providers, insurers, policymakers, and patients; technical assistance to state Medicaid programs; quantitative and qualitative analysis; and operational support to programs.

NORC recognizes that talented and skilled researchers live throughout the U.S. and actively supports remote work arrangements.  Post-COVID, occasional trips to client sites or the office may be required. This position will align with our Bethesda, Maryland office administratively.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care Programs

NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs

  • Provide consultative policy analysis and operational and technical support for federal and state clients focused on Medicaid and other health care financing programs
  • Design and conduct quantitative and qualitative research studies and analyses, develop structured interview protocols and content, lead stakeholder interviews, and conduct and direct literature reviews and environmental scans
  • Independently draft and manage contract proposals and grant applications, communicating effectively with clients, consultants, and members of the policy and research community
  • Participate in and contribute to internal discussions and strategic thinking concerning future research and business development opportunities and the implications of ongoing policy-making for NORC
  • Manage contracts and work closely with clients to ensure that contractual requirements (deliverables and timelines) and client expectations are met using the highest standards of quality and collegiality
  • Manage multiple project teams of senior, mid-level, and junior staff, both internal to NORC and with external project partners, and bring in experts as needed, to meet client expectations and contractual requirements
  • Monitor and oversee the financial and administrative aspects of ongoing projects.
  • Master’s degree in public policy or related fields (training in an array of social science disciplines will be considered).
  • At least 9 years experience in positions of increasing responsibility in health care policy development, Medicaid policy analysis or policy development, or health care policy research and analysis, including quantitative and qualitative policy research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years of project management.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid, including delivery system reform, provider payment, access to care, and beneficiary experience.
  • Experience working for the federal or state government or a federal or state contractor, with work focusing on the Medicaid program, including knowledge of financing, program operational framework, and health care delivery models.
  • Experience with conducting policy analysis in a government or professional services environment.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the principles of quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Experience with estimating project and proposal costs and managing project budgets.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and aptitude in leading and working with project teams, coordinating multiple projects (including those run by others within NORC).
  • Occasional travel to NORC offices and client sites may be required. 

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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