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Research and Survey

Data Analyst - Health Care Research

Apply now Job no: 497196 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Health Care


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a quantitatively oriented Data Analyst to join the Health Care Programs Department in our Chicago Loop office. The Data Analyst will primarily be working on data analysis for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a nationwide health survey project funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Data from the MCBS are used to inform many government programs and analyses, including fiscal projections produced by the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

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.


At NORC, Data Analysts 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.


NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.

  • Supporting analytics, evaluation and technical assistance projects working with data from multiple sources;
  • 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;
  • And performing various types of analysis involving multiple data sets.
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields:  math, statistics, computer science, data science, or a social science or public policy related field.

  • 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.

  • Quantitative analysis experience including working knowledge of SAS, SPSS, STATA, R (or other statistical data analysis packages);

  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis.

  • The candidate should be able to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs.

  • Some familiarity with the health care research is preferred.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to quickly comprehend requirements and assignments and then explain his/her solutions.

  • An individual who enjoys “finding answers” to detailed data problems.

  • Interest in digging into complex data issues using various sources of information and resources.


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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