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Information Technology

Junior SAS Programmer - Remote/Hybrid

Apply now Job no: 498808 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Data Services, IT Development and Infrastructure


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking an entry level / junior SAS Programmer to handle data management, data editing, and delivery programming tasks for NORC surveys. We will train a candidate who possesses the right combination of aptitude, eagerness, intelligence, and a strong interest in NORC’s business and mission.

As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.


NORC's Information Technology program provides technology services to our staff and clients. Given the critical role technology plays in our day-to-day lives, we are committed to providing professional, high-quality solutions in order to further our collective goal of advancing social science research.​


As part of the data delivery team, the SAS Programmer will work with other programmers, researchers, and statisticians to develop and maintain systems that extract data and to prepare these data for delivery to internal and external clients. The SAS Programmer will participate in developing technical requirements, system design, and creation of data flows for data edit and transformation tasks.  This programming resource will work closely with the technical project manager to develop work plans, schedules, and prepare work estimates.  The candidate must be able to work independently under limited supervision. 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, or a similar quantitative field, such as Economics or Engineering, or equivalent software development experience.  Familiarity with programming or scripting languages is required; SAS experience is preferred, but not essential.  Understanding of relational database design and experience using a database query language (such as SQL) is desirable.  Exposure to data transformation or string-manipulation scripting languages is preferred. Experience with formal testing processes is a definite plus.  Familiarity with Git or Subversion, or other version control tools, is preferred.  Experience with R or Python is a plus.
  • Candidate must have strong analytical skills as well as effective communication skills and a desire to work in a team environment. Familiarity with questionnaire data development in social science or marketing research is a plus. Successful candidates are self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and can juggle multiple assignments with minimum supervision.

  • Ideally the candidate should have an inquisitive nature and an ability to quickly grasp requirements and details, as well as propose solutions.  Candidate will be expected to quickly understand the specifics of each project and be able to identify problems in datasets, seek out the source of those problems, and clearly explain the issue and recommended remedy to project staff.


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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