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Graduate Research Assistant - Center on Equity Research

Apply now Job no: 498994 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 qualified Graduate Research Assistants to support research efforts in our Chicago Loop and Hyde Park, IL offices. The Graduate Research Assistant will support NORC’s Center on Equity Research (CER) Office of Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI). The CER is located within NORC’s Academic Research Centers and is focused on integrating inclusive and equitable research and practice across NORC. The Office of DREI leads NORC’s efforts to build a more diverse, racially equitable, and inclusive workplace and research portfolio.

The GRA candidate will understand social science research concepts and practices and have a passion for using and embedding inclusive and equitable research and methods in research processes to facilitate generating rigorous scientific insights.

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.

DEPARTMENT: Academic Research Centers

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 collaborates jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment.

  • Conduct Literature reviews
  • Conduct Environmental scans
  • Support a range of data collection activities
  • Conduct Quantitative and Qualitative analysis
  • Prepare memos, research summaries, and reports
  • Engage in a range of administrative tasks
  • Enrolled in an accredited Social Science graduate program (e.g., sociology, political science, public policy, psychology, economics, etc.)
  • Able to work 10-15 hours per week during academic years
  • Able to work increased hours during term and summer breaks, if needed
  • Outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to work independently and in project teams
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software is expected 

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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