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Statistician - Center for Excellence in Survey Research

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The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) of NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a highly motivated Statistician to join our vibrant and growing group in the Chicago, IL or in the Bethesda, MD office. 

DEPARTMENT: Center for Excellence in Survey Research

The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) assists NORC in remaining a leader in methodological innovations in survey research.

CESR helps identify and share best practices—both internally and externally—across the continuum of research design and implementation at NORC. To accomplish its mission, the Center conducts timely, state-of-the-art statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods, as well as the analysis of data from surveys and information collection activities. The CESR staff partner with colleagues and work on projects housed in every research department at NORC to encourage including the most innovative and industry best practices in our methodologies. External clients benefit from CESR’s team members’ expertise across a range of topics by working directly with CESR or through a multidisciplinary collaboration with NORC’s research departments.


Statisticians work on a wide range of statistical projects, engaging in statistical analysis, modeling, matching, small area estimation, and Bayesian analysis. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatistics, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Through our projects and presentations before Congress, federal, state and local governments, foundations, and at professional association conferences, our projects use interdisciplinary teams made up of subject matter specialists, statisticians, data scientists, survey researchers, and systems analysts. Successful candidates should also have strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team, statistical analysis skills, and familiarity with statistical software such as SAS, R, or Stata.

  • Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics, or quantitative social science - or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Background or interest in social policy research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to translate research findings for a policy audience.
  • Ability to work well in teams.
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical programming (desirable).
  • Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: Statistical analysis, modeling, matching, small area estimation, Bayesian analysis; Data mining, data analytics, "Big Data," administrative data linkage; Imputation, survey research methodology (including survey paradata and total survey error), data disclosure avoidance.

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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