Work type



Capability Area

Research and Survey

Senior Statistician

Apply now Job no: 495760 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Senior Statistician to join our Statistics and Data Science department. 

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.


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.

  • Writing the statistical, sampling, and/or analytic sections of technical proposals.
  • Working with the project director or task manager to provide specifications on all statistical matters relevant to the project, including developing and overseeing operational processes, study design, sampling, analytic methods, computation, communication of methods and results, data stewardship, and statistical operations.
  • Writing, editing, or reviewing the statistical sections of reports and other deliverables so as to ensure technical clarity and effectiveness in addressing the substantive question at hand.
  • Presenting results at conferences and to clients.
  • Aiding department leadership in selection and development of professional staff, and developing business opportunities.
  • Supervising more junior staff.
  • Effectively mentoring more junior staff on technical and career development topics.
  • Interacting with clients on a moderate to frequent basis to clarify their needs, report on progress, resolve problems, allay concerns, and provide information and recommendations; developing and maintaining good cross-departmental and inter-departmental working relationships.
  • Leading statistical task components on projects, including: sample design and selection; sample monitoring, analysis and estimation, predictive analytics, quality initiatives, and management of the statistical team.
  • Leading projects as the project director, with overall responsibility for all project administrative and technical activities.
  • Masters' degree in statistics or other quantitative program. Ph.D. in a Statistical Science area is a plus.
  • 7 years' experience in positions of increasing responsibility in statistics, data science, or related field.
  • At least 1 year of experience in project management and proposal development.
  • Knowledge of the methods, principles, and processes of survey research and broad experience in the field is preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis, such as, Bayesian analysis, multivariate regression with random effects, machine learning, and small area estimation, is desirable.
  • General familiarity with social science research and policy issues.
  • Expert skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis.  SAS or R expertise preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Able to quickly understand and communicate issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated skills in time management.
  • Excellent Quality Control skills.

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.


Advertised: Central Daylight Time Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More