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Research and Survey

Research Associate - Health Care Research - Chicago

Apply now Job no: 498996 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Health Care


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Research Associate to join our Health Care Programs Research Department to work on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a nationwide health survey funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This position requires basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices of survey research through study and/or experience and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of survey research projects including a primary focus on the maintenance of technical documentation, data collection, and analysis of operational measures.

Preferably applicants will be based in our downtown Chicago, IL office.

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: Health Care Programs

NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.

  • Review, develop and maintain technical documentation, including questionnaire specifications, flow charts and data dictionaries.
  • Conduct in-depth review of survey documentation to identify sources of error and potential solutions.
  • Conduct analyses and prepare communications with the ability to summarize findings within tables, graphs, and  text that targets different audiences including leadership, IT programmers, operations team members, research staff and clients.
  • Conduct testing of questionnaires to ensure usability and functionality.
  • Investigate technical questionnaire issues to support use by field interviewers and data users.
  • Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes; take notes at telephone/in-person interviews.
  • Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serving as an editor for deliverables.
  • Assist with other aspects of survey research projects primarily focused on the maintenance of technical documentation, analysis of operational measures, and data collection.
  • Bachelors' Degree in the social sciences or related field
  • Experience with complex or relational databases a plus
  • Experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have strong organizational skills, attentiveness to detail, and ability to multi-task
  • Comfort working with multiple, large files and different sources of documentation
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize assigned tasks and understand potential implications of late or incomplete work
  • Must be able to effectively work assigned tasks both independently and collaboratively as part of a team

Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position


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.    #LI-AG1


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