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Apply now Job no: 495753 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Data Analyst to support a diverse range of research projects.  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. 

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.

DEPARTMENT:

The Statistics and Data Science department conducts a wide range of statistical projects, engaging in statistical analysis, modeling, data linkage, matching, disclosure control, small area estimation, and Bayesian analysis, to support all aspects of social science research. NORC statisticians and data scientists design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling, weighting, and imputation for sample surveys and evaluation research. They also employ advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting data. The department collaborates with the Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department, all NORC research departments, and the Academic Research Centers in addition to conducting research in its own field.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • 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.
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • 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.
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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