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Research and Survey

Research Methodologist

Apply now Job no: 497209 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD, Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking qualified Research Methodologists to join our Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences 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 Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department provides expertise on state-of-the-art methodologies that lead to insights about our society and inform decision-making. Quantitative social scientists and data scientists provide expertise in methods to advance social science research in areas such as data gathering, evaluation, and implementation. Examples include causal inference methods applied to data obtained from randomized experiments or gathered from observational sources; assessing measurement properties (e.g., psychometrics) of new measures; machine learning/natural language processing; network methods; and analysis of clustered data (e.g., multilevel data, spatial modeling, etc.). Research methodologists provide expertise on how to use existing and emerging data sources of importance for NORC projects; harnessing novel data sources and technologies to improve data gathering; assessing and improving data quality; understanding the cognitive processes informing the user experience for survey respondents; designing instruments for multiple modes; and developing and testing novel techniques to enhance recruitment and retention of study participants. The Department collaborates with all NORC subject matter departments and works closely with the Statistics and Data Science Department on areas of synergy and intersection.

  • Providing technical advice on social science methodological issues to Project Directors and Task Leaders
  • Under the direction of senior staff, assuming responsibility for day-to-day project activities, including: project executing activities, preparing or reviewing deliverables, monitoring task budget and schedule, resolving technical and management problems, and communicating with the client and subcontractor(s)
  • Serving as an internal consultant on methodology  issues, as requested by the Project Director or Task Leader
  • Authoring sections of technical reports, methodology reports, proposals, and other documentary deliverables
  • Designing, conducting, analyzing and preparing reports on experimental/methodological studies
  • Conducting substantive analysis under direction of Principal Investigator or other analyst
  • Leading or contributing to methodology tasks
  • Presenting research papers at professional conferences, and submitting articles for publication in journals
  • Master’s degree in sociology, economics, psychology political science or other social science, survey methodology, biostatistics, or related field. Ph.D. in a social science discipline is a plus.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of the principles, approaches and methods for quantitative analyses
  • Knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research or program evaluation
  • General familiarity with social science research and policy issues
  • Skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis (SAS, R, or Python) and knowledge of computing platforms and data file construction
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries
  • Subject matter knowledge in one of NORC’s substantive focus areas is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal communication, writing, problem identification and resolution, and task management
  • Skills in supervision, leadership, team building, time management, personal organization, and ability to set priorities to meet all project, proposal, and administrative needs in a timely fashion  

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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