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Research Scientist - Health Care Research/Health Communication Practice

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NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Research Scientist to join the Health Care Research Department in our Sacramento, CA satellite office. The Health Care Research team conducts work on a variety of health policy topics including health information technology, access to health care and the uninsured, health care expenditures, the Medi-Cal/Medicare program, and public health. NORC’s health communication research practice offers a full range of research, planning and, evaluation services to clients. Communication researchers specialize in formative research including media/environmental scans; social media listening and analysis; audience descriptive and segmentation studies; concept development research; message and materials testing; and web usability research. They also specialize in the development of evidence-based communication strategies and plans as well as campaign measurement, evaluation and effectiveness studies. The group is highly experienced in the design and evaluation of advertising and earned media campaigns as well as those that entail social mobilization, materials distribution and other elements.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care/Health Communication Practice

NORC’s health communication research practice conducts a variety of formative and evaluation projects in California and nationally— We are seeking a new team member to assist in support and management of projects focusing on health equity, social determinants of health, mental health, insurance marketplaces, and healthy children and families. Projects range from qualitative focus group series to large quantitative national multi-mode surveys.

NORC’s Health Care staff work closely with colleagues in Health Sciences 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.

  • Serve as task leader on complex scientific and or technical components of large projects, or a series of smaller projects, as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Contribute substantively to planning discussions around the collaborative design of quantitative and qualitative research studies, evaluations, and analyses.
  • Develop structured interview protocols and content; and lead or co-lead stakeholder interviews.
  • Assist with the management and oversight of project-specific budgets and contracts. Work closely with project leadership and clients to ensure that we meet contractual requirements (deliverables and timelines) and client expectations using the highest standards of quality and collegiality, and within budget parameters.
  • Author sections of analysis reports, technical reports, and other documented deliverables that are due to the client as described in project statements of work.
  • Co-author and present research at client and professional meetings and participate in in-person briefings of project findings. Contribute to the development of abstracts and articles for publication in refereed journals.
  • As part of the larger proposal team, and with guidance from departmental leadership Independently draft and manage contract proposals and grant applications, communicating effectively with proposal team members, within and across departments, with clients, consultants, and members of the policy and research community.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff, as relevant to experience, and tasks
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the department to contribute to the growth and to ensure the well-being of its members.
  • Bachelor's Degree required; Masters' degree strongly preferred in Health Policy, Public Health, or other related field.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years' of social science project management as well as experience with the design and execution of social science research and in publishing research results, with a strong career-appropriate record of peer-reviewed technical publications
  • 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 working with project teams, leading tasks, and coordinating across multiple projects (including those run by others within NORC).
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience in client communications and relationship management; solid technical writing skills.
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software; strong proficiency with statistical analysis packages.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Occasional travel for interviewing, focus groups and meetings 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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