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Apply now Job no: 495493 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Research Scientist to support the Education and Childhood Development Department in Chicago, IL.

DEPARTMENT: EDUCATION AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT

For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders. The scope of our education research methodologies has been wide-ranging, as well – including primary data collection, analysis and reporting of existing data, transcript abstraction, classroom observations, qualitative analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Serve as task leader with budget responsibilities on complex scientific and or technical components of large projects or a series of smaller projects
  • Design research studies in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers
  • Author and present research at client and professional meetings and lead drafting of final project reports
  • Submit articles for publication in refereed journals
  • Author sections of analysis reports, technical reports, OMB clearance packages, and other documentary deliverables
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Engage in business development activities including authoring various sections of the technical proposal
  • Monitor task budget and schedule
  • Supervise staff involved for specific tasks and projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advanced understanding of quantitative analysis
  • Strong problem solving, project management, relationship management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • 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
  • Some experience in client communications and relationship management; solid technical writing skills
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software; strong proficiency with statistical analysis packages
  • Must have experience managing and mentoring staff
  • Occasional travel to client meetings
WHAT WE DO:

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.

WHO WE ARE:

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.

EEO STATEMENT: 

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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