Data Technology Developer
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) - Chicago, IL

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NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a versatile programmer to assist in the acquisition, repurposing, and analysis of data from the Internet and various administrative sources. This position is an entry- or mid-level technical role, providing software development services in support of NORC’s social science research. The developer works on a wide variety of projects, interacts with people at all levels of the organization, and will be mentored by senior engineers and strategists. The candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where creative problem solving and innovation are encouraged. The programmer works as a part of a team and will be supervised and mentored by a project manager and/or senior developer.

  • Passionate problem-solver and are excited by new challenges
  • Enjoys working on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiastic about new technologies and creative research solutions
  • Can pick up and apply new skills quickly and independently
  • Comfortable working both independently and in a team environment

  • Assisting with the development and application of software to extract, transform and analyze a variety of unstructured and structured data
  • Working on a team with developers, engineers, researchers, and statisticians to develop new data-oriented technologies and software solutions
  • Working with web service APIs or developing novel web scraping programs to pull data from a variety of online sources
  • Manipulating, transforming, and analyzing large volumes of data
  • Maintaining, customizing, or improving existing data science project systems
  • Writing programs for data preparation and reports

  • B.S. in computer science, statistics, quantitative social science, or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • Experience with data mining, statistical programming, and database concepts
  • Working knowledge of Python and at least one other language (e.g., Java, C++)
  • Familiarity with basic web languages like JavaScript and HTML
  • Experience with open-source data systems such as MySQL and MongoDB

Additional Qualifications Preferred
  • Distributed computing (e.g., Hadoop, Map/Reduce, Hive)
  • Cloud computing (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Rackspace)
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence (e.g., Mahout, Scikit Learn)
  • Natural language processing (e.g., NLTK)
  • Statistical analysis (e.g., R, Stata)
  • Predictive analytics/data mining
  • Internet Protocol Suite
  • Front-end web technologies (e.g., jQuery, CSS/LESS, AngularJS, KnockoutJS)
  • Working with various social media APIs (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Data visualization
  • Social network analysis
  • Common software development tools (e.g., Eclipse, Git, Mercurial)

  • A casual work environment centrally located in the heart of downtown Chicago
  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package including paid time off, holiday pay, medical and dental coverage, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, a 403 (b) retirement plan, and tuition assistance
  • To review the benefits associated with this position, click here .

About NORC

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on The University of Chicago's campus and in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide the data and analysis that supports informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.


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