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Research and Survey

Graduate Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 497723 Work type: Intermittent Location: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers


NORC at the University of Chicago is currently seeking two qualified Undergraduate Research Assistants to support research efforts in our Hyde Park, IL, offices. The Undergraduate Research Assistants will support NORC's GSS (The General Social Survey) project, beginning Winter Quarter (2022), working on-site at 1155 E. 60th Street, 2nd Floor.

The main task is to make a listing of all GSS physical files in an Excel database. The listings in the database will consist of the exact physical location of each file and a description of the contents of each file. Some files will need to be organized into folders and then filed away.

The Undergraduate Research Assistants will work at least 10 hours a week and up to 20 hours a week during the academic year, with the possibility of full-time employment during the summer.


The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment.

  • Create database in Excel of all GSS physical files
  • Archive physical files as directed
  • Administrative tasks
  • Must be able to work 10-20 hours per week during academic years; possibility exists for increased hours during term and up to full time during summer breaks
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Must have experience with data analysis (e.g., Excel, SPSS, SAS)
  • Must demonstrate strong problem solving capability
  • Must have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both independently and in project teams
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software is expected
  • The position is supported by NSF funds through its Research Experiences for Undergraduate program, REU. This program requires that undergraduate students being funded must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions 

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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