Survey Methodologist
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) - Chicago, IL

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NORC at the University of Chicago is always seeking qualified Survey Methodologists to support the Statistics and Methodology department.

  • Providing technical advice on statistical and methodological issues to Project Directors and Task Leaders
  • Authoring sections of technical reports, methodology reports, and other documentary deliverables
  • Designing experiments and other statistical/methodological research for pretest data collection efforts
  • Analyzing data collected during pretests or methodological components of ongoing studies
  • Conducting substantive analysis under direction of Principal Investigator or other substantive analysts
  • Performing confidentiality analyses in accordance with client standards
  • Consulting on questionnaire design: frequently organizing and conducting cognitive interviews to inform design decisions
  • Responsible for day-to-day activities on a task or project component, including supervising staff in design and implementation/production activities, projecting resource needs, monitoring task budget and schedule, resolving technical and management problems, monitoring the achieved sample, preparing or reviewing deliverables, and communicating with the client and subcontractor(s)
  • Serving as an internal consultant on survey design issues, as requested by the project director or task leader
  • Authoring various sections of the technical proposal, present research papers at professional conferences, and submit articles for publication in journals.

  • Masters' degree in statistics or social sciences, or a Bachelors' degree with equivalent experience in survey research or related field
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through extensive reading in the literature and broad experience in the field
  • Knowledge in at least one methodological and/or substantive area as well as thorough knowledge of routine sampling and statistical weighting procedures
  • Skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis (SAS or SPSS) and knowledge of computing platforms and data file construction
  • General familiarity with social science research and policy issues
  • Strong skills in quantitative analysis, writing, problem identification and resolution, task management, and interpersonal communications
  • Skills in supervision, leadership, and team building. Skills in time management, personal organization, and setting priorities to meet all project, proposal, and administrative needs in a timely fashion are expected


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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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