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Research and Survey

Data Scientist - Health Sciences Research

Apply now Job no: 497091 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Health Sciences


At NORC, Data Scientists play a key role in working with our research teams to produce valuable insights for our clients.  They also work collaboratively and help break down silos and barriers across NORC and help drive our innovative work.  This position supports the development of  the strategy and vision for large data analysis projects; may manage both the activities and the work product of data analysts;  provide input and guidance to task leaders especially regarding data acquisition, questionnaire content, data analysis, and overall data dissemination; design, develop, and deploy algorithms, models, and work flows to discover valuable information in large volumes of data from various sources; bring structure to large data sets; evaluate the data, construct models, create business applications, and work closely with organizational leaders to provide input into strategic business implications for the organization.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Bethesda, MD or Chicago, IL office when it is safe to resume office work.

DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences

NORC’s Health Sciences staff produce rich data on health care priorities including the uses of electronic clinical data in research, and the applications and effectiveness of health information technology.

Our expert staff evaluates the effectiveness of federal investments in informatics, supports the emerging fields of patient-centered outcomes research and mobile health. The staff also work on large implementation science projects involving patient safety and quality.   

NORC’s Health Sciences staff work closely with colleagues in Health Care and Public Health to offer program, policy, and research solutions. Our work is guided by a commitment to long-lasting partnerships, transparency, and high-quality, nonpartisan research that improves health and health care for all people.

  • Identify data from multiple sources, perform analysis and recommend applications to add value to project and corporate initiatives, provide insight into important business issues and/or solve a pressing business problem
  • Supports the development of the platforms and tools to enhance the organization's analytic capabilities
  • Work closely with project leaders on implications of the data for processes and decisions
  • Works collaboratively to develop hypotheses, design experiments and tests feasibility of proposed initiatives
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Data Science, or Social Science related field
  • At least 5 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility, working with large datasets and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with strong programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation.  Domain expertise preferred in bioinformatics and/or biostatistics including work of clinical trials.
  • Experience with data management, ETL processes, query, and aggregation tools
  • Strong data programming experience in statistical packages and database tools, specifically in R and Python.
  • Experience using APIs and advanced data sharing and open science platforms
  • Familiarity with workflow scheduling software, and experience creating, tracking, updating, and maintaining ongoing tasks.
  • Experience with analysis methods including classification modeling, clustering and topic modeling, and geotagging
  • Strong foundation in areas of statistics, mathematics, machine learning, scientific methods of inquiry.
  • Working knowledge of different types of data that can be sourced whether from administrative records, electronic medical records, surveys, drug, and genetic data
  • Working knowledge of the methodologies and technologies for integrating data
  • Strong problem solving skills, quantitative/qualitative analysis skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs
  • Experience in client communications and relationship management; strong technical writing skills, strong verbal skills; and data visualization/presentation
  • Able to explain technology, techniques and approaches to 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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