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Apply now Job no: 499905 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Statistics and Data Science


NORC at the University of Chicago is hiring a Statistician to join the Statistics and Data Science department. 

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: Statistics and Data Science

The Statistics and Data Science department conducts a wide range of statistical and data science projects, engaging in statistical analysis, modeling, data linkage, statistical matching, disclosure control, small area estimation, and Bayesian analysis, to support all aspects of social science research. NORC statisticians and data scientists design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling, weighting, and imputation for sample surveys and evaluation research. They also employ statistical modelling, machine learning methods, and data visualization for analyzing and interpreting data. The department collaborates with the Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department, all NORC research departments, and the Academic Research Centers in addition to conducting research in its own field.

  • Write and implement computer programs (SAS, R, Python, Stata) to extract and manipulate data; execute statistical work related to sampling, weighting, analytical modeling, and evaluation.
  • Work with the project director or task manager to provide specifications on all statistical matters relevant to the assigned project, including study design, quality assurance, communication of methods and results, data stewardship, and quality assurance.
  • Contribute to or review the statistical sections of reports and other deliverables for technical clarity and effectiveness in addressing the substantive question at hand.
  • Contribute to analyses disseminated via reports or presented at professional meetings; may present results at conferences and to clients.
  • May carry out substantive analysis on projects with analytical deliverables under close supervision, and assist in proposal activities related to sampling, weighting, variance estimation, analysis, and/or study design tasks.
  • Interact with clients on a limited basis to clarify their needs, report on progress, resolve problems, address concerns, and provide information and recommendations; develop and maintain good cross-departmental and intra-departmental working relationships.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Master's Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics or Data Science/Analytics preferred, or Bachelor's Degree with 3 or more years or more of relevant work experience in statistical methodology.
  • Knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of statistical research and application; understanding of analytic or sampling methods. Experience in survey sampling methods or biostatistics is a plus.
  • Problem-solving capability and computation skills. Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Aptitude for report writing/proposal writing.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software; proficiency with one or more statistical analysis packages such as SAS, R, Python, and Stata. Experience with SAS is a plus.

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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