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Research and Survey

Principal Data Analyst - Health Care Research

Apply now Job no: 495341 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Health Care


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a quantitatively oriented Principal Data Analyst excited about data to join the Health Care Programs Research Department. The Principal Data Analyst will primarily at our Chicago Loop office and will also have the opportunity to work onsite with one of our clients in the loop.

At NORC, Data Analysts play a strategic role in supporting our research teams to produce valuable insights for our clients. They work collaboratively and help break down silos and barriers across the company to help drive innovative work. A person in this position, under the leadership of Data Scientists, contributes to the design and implementation of algorithms, models, and work flows to discover valuable information in large volumes of data from various sources; organizes, harmonizes, and analyzes data sets; uses various technologies to enable data visualization; and creates applications of general value to the company’s business.


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.

  • Interpreting data from multiple sources using SAS or Tableau
  • Developing programs and scripts for data transformation, integration, or reduction
  • Performing various types of analysis involving multiple data sets
  • Working with our client to provide ad hoc reports and any deliverables they may need
  • Communicating with the client and attending any onsite meeting.  
  • Bachelor’s Degree in math, economics, computer science, data science, or a social science or public policy related field. Master’s Degree strongly preferred
  • At least four (4) years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility working with large health data sets
  • Experience and familiarity with health care or hospital data is a plus
  • Quantitative analysis proficiency with SAS and preferably Tableau, RShiny or other business intelligence applications
  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis are required
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An individual who enjoys “finding answers” to detailed data problems
  • Interest in digging into complex data issues using various sources of information and resources
  • Preference will be given to candidates with face-to-face experience with clients who not only have strong communication skills but also enjoy working with clients and would be open to working onsite at the client’s office.

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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