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NORC Data Analyst - Academic Research Centers in Chicago – Hyde Park, United States

Data Analyst - Academic Research Centers

Job no: 497009Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, ILCapability Area: Academic Research Centers


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a quantitatively oriented Data Analyst to join the Academic Research Centers and support a diverse range of research projects.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Chicago Hyde Park office when it is safe to resume office work.

At NORC, Data Analysts play a strategic role in supporting our research teams to produce valuable insights for our clients. They work collaboratively and help break down silos and barriers across the company to help drive innovative work. A person in this position, under the leadership of Data Scientists, contributes to the design and implementation of algorithms, models, and work flows to discover valuable information in large volumes of data from various sources; organizes, harmonizes, and analyzes data sets; uses various technologies to enable data visualization; and creates applications of general value to the company’s business.

DEPARTMENT: Academic Research Centers

The Academic Research Centers (ARC) ( is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment. One particular focus within ARC is early childhood care and education, with work driven by the Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative.


  • Supporting analytics, evaluation and technical assistance projects working with data from multiple sources;

  • Interpreting data from multiple sources;

  • Developing programs and scripts for data transformation, integration, or reduction;

  • Enhancing previously developed in-house applications such as those for data coding;

  • And performing various types of analysis involving multiple data sets.


  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: math, statistics, computer science, data science, or a social science or public policy related field.

  • 0 - 2 years’ experience in positions working with large datasets and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with basic programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation. Domain expertise preferred.

  • Quantitative analysis experience including working knowledge of SAS, SPSS, STATA, R (or other statistical data analysis packages);

  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis.

  • The candidate should be able to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs.

  • Some familiarity with the survey/policy research is preferred.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to quickly comprehend requirements and assignments and then explain his/her solutions.

  • An individual who enjoys “finding answers” to detailed data problems.

  • Interest in digging into complex data issues using various sources of information and resources.

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


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.

Advertised: February 23, 2021Central Standard TimeApplications close: