Research Assistant - International Projects Department
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) - Bethesda, MD

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NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Research Assistant to support the International Projects Department in Bethesda, Maryland.


Support senior technical staff in designing and implementing evaluation projects, data collection, and analysis activities

Work closely with NORC’s senior statisticians and evaluation specialists in various tasks related to NORC’s international evaluation and survey projects

The position may require occasional international travel and offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field experience

Design of survey instruments and training materials

Coordination of and assistance to interviewer training activities

Sample design and selection

Literature reviews

Data quality reviews of survey data with detailed documentation of results

Analysis of primary and secondary data including preparation of reports, memos, tables, and graphs of findings


Bachelors' Degree

Strong quantitative skills

Strong command of statistical packages, such as SPSS and STATA

Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel

Strong analytic and report writing skills

Working proficiency with French or Spanish preferred

Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills

Experience working with large datasets, conducting data quality review and data analysis preferred

International experience preferred


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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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