Work type



Capability Area

Research and Survey

Data Analyst

Apply now Job no: 499906 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 seeking a Data Analyst to support a diverse range of research projects.  At NORC, Data Analysts work with our Statisticians and Data Scientists and perform tasks such as importing, cleaning, transforming, or validating data. They may also support the presentation of data by developing charts, graphs, and tables. In addition, the Data Analyst may assist in preparing sample designs for primary data collection, obtaining and harmonizing secondary data sources, preparing data files for delivery by determining record weights, identify, analyze, and interpret patterns in data sets and maintain databases/data systems, dictionaries, etc. The Data Analyst is expected to work collaboratively in a team environment.

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.

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

DEPARTMENT: Statistics and Data Science

The Statistics and Data Science department conducts a wide range of statistical projects, engaging in statistical analysis, modeling, data linkage, 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 advanced techniques 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.

  • Developing programs and scripts for data transformation, integration, or reduction;
  • Enhancing previously developed in-house applications such as those for selecting samples;
  • Utilize publicly available datasets to obtain benchmark values;
  • Perform various types of analysis involving multiple data sets
  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: statistics, math, or data science.
  • 0-2 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility, preferably working with large data sets, and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation
  • Strong foundation in areas of statistics, mathematics, and data science. Coding skills in languages such as SAS, R, Stata, or Python preferred. Additional expertise in areas of machine learning such as natural language processing and supervised/unsupervised modelling preferred.
  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative analysis are required.  Able to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs.
  • Some familiarity with the social science domain is preferred.

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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