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Research and Survey

Senior Research Scientist - healthy aging research

Apply now Job no: 497046 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL, Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a dynamic and innovative Senior Research Scientist to join the Academic Research Centers at NORC.  The ideal candidate would be someone with expertise in health research, including experience in older adult health research; in diverse methodological approaches, including strong quantitative and qualitative design and analysis; considerable experience working directly with practitioners and policymakers; and an interest in business development and the development of the department’s expanding research portfolio. We are seeking a candidate with content expertise in the areas of social and intimate relationships, egocentric social networks, family and community engagement, and social intervention program evaluation.

In addition to substantive analytical expertise, a Senior Research Scientist’s primary responsibilities include managing and mentoring a junior team of researchers; collaborating effectively across departments; working closely with the Center’s leadership team to develop new research specializations and projects; identifying new business opportunities, developing and maintaining funder and client relationships; and securing contracts and grants for research in collaboration with academics.

DEPARTMENT: Academic Research Centers

The Academic Research Centers exemplify NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation, and to applying renowned scholarship to practical social science problems. Entrepreneurial staff help advance the Academic Research Centers’ goal of making a difference in the local community by seeking out opportunities to collaborate with local and regional governmental and service organizations. The Academic Research Centers and its wider relationship with the University of Chicago are mutually beneficial in many ways. As part of a learning culture, interinstitutional and intergenerational project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. In particular, graduate research assistants at NORC have the tremendous opportunity to apply in practical settings what they have learned in the abstract. This next generation of social scientists works with experts in various fields and disciplines to conduct world-class empirical research, and NORC benefits from their fresh perspectives, energy, and insights.

  • Provide content expertise in older adult health and social relationship research.Lead strategic projects and oversee research teams by providing technical input and direction to staff regarding research design questionnaire content, interview and observation protocol development, data analysis, study conclusions and report and manuscript writing, and data and information dissemination
  • Independently draft and manage contract proposals and grant applications including estimating project budgets
  • Communicate effectively with key strategic partners inside and outside of NORC, as well as current and prospective funders and clients to advance the Center’s strategic initiatives
  • Conduct business development research and use business intelligence tools to evaluate specific opportunities
  • Manage small teams to carry out strategic initiatives and business development opportunities, including monitoring and oversight of finances and administration for the projects
  • Serve as a primary funder and client contact for overall project quality and delivery.
  • Master's Degree required, PhD strongly preferred (training in an array of social science disciplines will be considered)
  • At least 9 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in evaluation research, policy analysis, survey research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years of social science project management.
  • Experience leading and managing a research team and mentoring junior colleagues
  • Experience managing client relationships, complex projects, and budgetary oversight in academic research, consulting
  • Experience with the design and execution of social science research and disseminating research findings across a variety of platforms
  • A demonstrated record of developing new business relationships and securing funding from non-profit organizations and foundations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and aptitude in leading and working with project teams as well as coordinating on work conducted across the Center
  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings may be 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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