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Research and Survey

Senior Data Analyst

Apply now Job no: 495346 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Senior Data Analyst to support a diverse range of research projects.  In this position, you will have the opportunity to work onsite at one of our government clients.  At NORC, Data Analysts work with our Data Scientists, and 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. 

DEPARTMENT: Statistics and Methodology

The Statistics and Methodology department pioneers innovations in survey research, analytics, and data science.  We work in collaboration with all NORC subject area departments, while also conducting our own industry research.  In the survey research arena, members of our team help understand the cognitive processes underlying respondents’ reactions to surveys; design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data; and employ advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting survey and secondary data.  NORC statisticians utilize a broad range of analytic methods such as predictive modeling, survival analysis, item response theory, latent variable analysis, small area estimation, GIS/spatial analysis, psychometrics, and econometrics in deriving insights from data.  NORC data scientists apply advanced techniques such as machine learning, natural language processing, data linkage, data visualization, network analysis, optimization, simulation, and parallel processing in working with large and multiple datasets.

  • Interpreting data from multiple sources;
  • Developing programs and scripts for data transformation, integration, or reduction;
  • Enhancing previously developed in-house applications such as those for data coding;
  • Perform various types of analysis involving multiple data sets.
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: math, statistics, computer science, data science, or a social science or public policy related field.
  • At least two years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility, preferably working with large data sets and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation is required.
  • Strong foundation in areas of statistics, mathematics, and computer programming. Additional expertise in areas of data mining such as topic modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning preferred.
  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis are required.
  • Able to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs.
  • Some familiarity with the social science domain is preferred.
  • Strong communication skills; able to quickly comprehend requirements and assignments and then explain his/her solutions in both writing and speech.

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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