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Research and Survey

Survey Specialist - Public Health

Apply now Job no: 497107 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Public Health


NORC at the University of Chicago is currently seeking a talented Survey Specialist to join the Public Health Research Department. The successful candidate will join a team of colleagues to work on a suite of survey projects related to women’s reproductive health care. This position requires basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices of survey research through study and/or experience, and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of survey research projects with a primary focus on data collection and analysis of operational measures.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our downtown Chicago, IL office when it is safe to resume office work.


NORC offers a range of capabilities in public health, including technical assistance, program evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers with general and specialized expertise in areas such as rural health and tribal issues, skilled methodologists, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. Our staff also brings expertise in populations of special interest and the intersection of public health and health care delivery. We offer broad, multidisciplinary experiences spanning public health, epidemiology, statistics, policy, developmental psychology, economics, sociology, social work, and political science.


• Assist with all aspects of survey research projects with a primary focus on data collection and analysis of operational measures
• Develop survey procedures and materials
• Develop training materials and deliver interviewer trainings
• Develop survey instrument specifications and test survey systems
• Prepare quantitative reports to help monitor data collection productivity and quality
• Conduct ad hoc data analyses with ability to summarize information into tables, graphs, and text


• Bachelors' degree in the social sciences or related field (Masters' degree preferred)
• At least 1 year of experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
• Background in survey research preferred
• Understanding of systems design and implementation
• Experience in quantitative analysis using SAS and SPSS preferred
• Effective verbal and written communication skills with ability to multi-task, and strong attention to detail.
• Excellent interpersonal 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.


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