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Research and Survey

Senior Fellow

Apply now Job no: 497208 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is hiring a Senior Fellow to join the 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 implements state-of-the-art statistical methods and develops innovations to deliver reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions for NORC clients. In collaboration with all NORC subject area departments, the Statistics and Data Science Department provides leadership along the project life cycle for study design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results, and also conducts its own research. The department is a leader in designing and implementing rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data. The department provides expertise and leads NORC strategy on the use of a broad range of methods for the analysis of primary and secondary data, including Bayesian analysis, data linkage and statistical matching for combining multiple data sources, data quality assessment, differential privacy, imputation, machine learning, small area estimation, statistical disclosure limitation, survival analysis, visualization, and efficient and reproducible workflow development. 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.


This position provides strategic and innovative public policy or scientific research leadership with ultimate responsibility for all activities, research personnel, and results for project assignments, including soliciting and obtaining new business, effective management of existing projects, and design of data collection methodologies. Accountable for maintaining a high standard of research output, as reflected in published research output. Incumbent is a nationally or internationally recognized leader in the given discipline who envisions and directs a program of public policy analysis or research on key problems within NORC’s mission. Incumbent impacts NORC’s formulation of strategy and tactics.

  • Conduct innovative policy analysis or scientific research and development that is aligned with NORC’s mission and informs and guides NORC’s strategies
  • Serves as a strategic advisor to NORC senior executives providing technical, methodological and key subject matter expertise for significant corporate decision-making
  • Provides technical oversight, guidance and research expertise to senior staff and professionals assigned to projects, providing mentoring, advice, and counsel and checking project work at frequent intervals; acts as a senior advisor to project teams to meet project schedules and resolve technical problems
  • Suggests and recommends developmental and training opportunities for individual contributors and immediate project workgroup
  • Works on complex problems that are typically solved by application of deep knowledge based on a wide range of learned alternatives. Understands inter-relationships between areas and considers when selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined general policies, guidelines, and practices in order to develop creative solutions and applying project methods and techniques; develops and administers project performance requirements
  • Creates proposals and successfully gains bids for project work within area of expertise. Applies, and moreover extends, industry knowledge and effectively addresses client needs and requirements as outlined in project proposals. In some cases, leads client in a search for what is possible, and guides them as they determine needs and requirements
  • Typically manages or advises on the activities of a specific area of expertise and related projects with regard to objective and content. Responsible for results in terms of costs, methods, and goals. Accountable for planning and scheduling as well as resource allocation. Lead or participate in interdisciplinary project teams
  • Develops and administers budgets, schedules, and performance standards for all projects within area of expertise and within the prescribed budgetary objectives of the department
  • Frequently interacts with supervisees, customers, and/or functional peers; frequently interacts with senior management; interactions normally involve matters relative to specific projects and to strategic corporate direction in areas of expertise. Mentors colleagues and sets standards of scientific rigor in the execution of research projects
  • Organizes scientific seminars and other outreach and dissemination activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Deep subject-matter expert within a discipline, with expert knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research; knowledge in one or more critical methodological areas and publication/reputation within the areas. Is widely recognized as a national or international leader within the field, either through extensive publication, successful public or private leadership roles, or exemplary public service. Skills required: Strong problem solving, project management, relationship management skills. Abilities required: Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to identify obstacles to productivity and troubleshoot problems, and to provide intellectual leadership.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in public policy analysis, survey research, or related field; extensive publishing experience in area of expertise through scholarly publications.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills combined with strong ability to influence and gain collaboration and cooperation

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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