NORC Albuquerque

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Research Methodologist I - Chicago

Posted over 1 month ago

Job Description


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking qualified Research Methodologists to join the Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department.

We are primarily looking for qualified candidates in the Chicago or DC markets who can work at least some of the time from one of our main office locations in Chicago, IL or Bethesda, MD.

DEPARTMENT: Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences

The Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department implements state-of-the-art methodologies and develops innovations to deliver reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business and policy decisions for NORC clients. The department provides leadership throughout the project lifecycle on study design, data collection, assessment of data quality, quantitative analysis, and dissemination of results. The Methodological and Quantitative Social Sciences department also conducts its own research and is a leader in designing and implementing rigorous, efficient methods for gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data from primary and secondary sources. The department provides expertise and leads NORC strategy on the use of a broad range of methods and techniques, including research and experimental design, recruitment and retention, instrument design and testing, assessing data quality, evaluating measurement properties of new measures, causal inference methods, machine learning, analysis of clustered data, data visualization and use of novel data sources and technologies to improve data gathering. The department collaborates with the Statistics and Data Science Department on areas of synergy and intersection and with all NORC subject matter departments, in addition to leading its own projects.

  • Providing technical advice and serving as an internal consultant on social science methodological and analytic issues to Project Directors and Task Leaders
  • Conducting quantitative and/or qualitative analyses for projects, including writing and/or implementing programs to extract and manipulate data, conducting analysis and/or developing and testing analytic models
  • Assisting or leading methodological and analytic tasks relevant to the project, including recruitment and data collection approaches, qualitative and quantitative analyses, quality assurance, and communication of results
  • Contributing to and reviewing the methodological/analytical sections of reports, presentations and other deliverables
  • Assisting with proposal and business development activities related to methodological, analytic, and/or study design tasks
  • Designing, conducting, analyzing and preparing reports on experimental/methodological studies
  • Presenting research papers at professional conferences and submitting articles for publication in journals
  • Masters degree
  • Knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of social science research and application for quantitative analyses, survey research and/or program evaluation
  • Proficient in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis (SAS, R, or Python) and knowledge of computing platforms and data file construction
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries
  • Strong interpersonal communication, writing, problem identification and resolution, and task management
  • Subject matter knowledge in one of NORCs substantive focus areas is a plus
  • Skills in supervision, leadership, team building, time management, personal organization, and ability to set priorities to meet all project, proposal, and administrative needs in a timely fashion

The pay range for this position is $91,000 - $143,000.

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORCs comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program

  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance

  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, bereavement leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORCs Approach to Equity and Transparency

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges and reviewing raises and promotions, which is overseen by a formal Salary Review Committee (SRC).


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 80 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 were 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, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.