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Research and Survey

Data Analyst - Behavioral and Economic Analysis and Decision-making

Apply now Job no: 495633 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Business Ventures and Innovation


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Data Analyst on our BEAD team. 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.  Under the leadership of Data Scientists, the Data Analysts contribute 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.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so.  Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership. This position in particular will be on-site at a Federal client several days a week once it is safe. 


The Behavioral and Economic Analysis and Decision-Making (BEAD) team at NORC provides clients with actionable insights on critical policy and business issues. Applying rigorous, state-of-the-art methods from the fields of consumer behavior, judgment and decision-making, behavioral finance, household economics, cognitive science, experimental methods, and statistical analysis, BEAD obtains fact-based empirical evidence and distills the results into comprehensive, understandable, and usable reports and recommendations.

  • Gathering results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation via statistical analysis to moderate to complex data mining.
  • Support the presentation of data by developing charts, graphs and tables.
  • Under close supervision, maintains databases/data systems, data dictionaries, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Math, Statistics, or Economics.
  • 0 - 2 years experience in positions working with large datasets and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with basic programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation. Domain expertise preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication including technical writing skills.
  • Basic data programming skills in statistical packages and database tools.  Proficiency in R 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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