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Research Associate I - Public Health Research - Hybrid

Apply now Job no: 502189 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Public Health


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Associate I to support the Public Health Research Department. The Public Health Research team conducts work on a variety of public health topics including disease surveillance, health communication science, interpersonal conflict and violence, rural health, health equity, and social determinants of health.

Preferably applicants will be based in our Chicago, IL or Bethesda, MD, offices with a hybrid office/work from home schedule. #LI-DNI


The Public Health Research team conducts work on a variety of public health topics including disease surveillance, health communication science, interpersonal conflict and violence, rural health, health equity, and social determinants of health. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers with general and specialized expertise in areas such as rural health and tribal issues, health communications, skilled methodologists, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. Our staff also brings expertise in populations of special interest and the intersection of public health and health care delivery. We offer broad, multidisciplinary experiences spanning public health, epidemiology, statistics, policy, developmental psychology, economics, sociology, social work, and political science.

  • Provide general research support related to public health and health policy research.
  • 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. 
  • Schedule and take notes at virtual/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. 
  • 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 other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelors’ Degree in the Public Health, Social Sciences or related field. 
  • Experience with quantitative analysis or data management using SAS, SPSS, or another statistical program. 
  • Experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of quantitative and/or qualitative research through reading literature and experience in the field. 
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Must have strong attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to multi-task. 
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team. 
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software. 
  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings. 
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

The pay range for this position is $55,000 - $62,000. 

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORC’s comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to: 

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment  
  • Dental and vision insurance 
  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program 
  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance
  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORC’s Approach to Equity and Transparency 

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges. 


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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