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NORC Data Scientist - Advanced Data Solutions in Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, Illinois

Data Scientist - Advanced Data Solutions

Job no: 495858Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Health Care, Data Services, Data Enclave


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a talented Data Scientist excited about data to join the Advanced Data Services team. The ideal candidate for this role will be someone with experience health care analytics (claims data, cost reporting) and will work closely with world-class Senior Fellows, Researchers, Architects, and subject matter experts who are all on the same team dedicated to delivering the best solutions and products for our clients.

Launched in 2006 by NORC at the University of Chicago, the NORC Data Enclave® provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorized researchers can access sensitive micro-data remotely. While public-use data can be disseminated in a variety of ways, fewer options exist for sharing sensitive micro-data that have not been fully de-identified for public use. The Data Enclave provides our partner organizations with a secure platform where they can both host and build a research community around their data. The Data Enclave currently serves more than 1000 researchers and hosts confidential data for federal and state agencies, non-profit research organizations foundations, and commercial entities.

Alternative work locations will be considered. During COVID, NORC staff are working remotely.

DEPARTMENT: Advanced Data Solutions

TheAdvanced Data Solutions Centers (ADS Center)comprises NORC’s growing array of data management, computational science, and informatics solutions. From short-term consulting projects to large-scale, enterprise-wide, big data initiatives, the ADS Center has the tools and expertise to meet the needs of researchers and decision-makers in a wide variety of sectors and industries.


  • Work with health administrative data, and create analytic data products to support various healthcare research and technical assistance projects.

  • Implement specifications for rigorous study designs, and measures of performance such as cost and quality, to evaluate the impact of healthcare programs and policies.

  • Participate in and contribute to internal discussions and strategic thinking concerning future research opportunities and the implications of ongoing policy-making for NORC.

  • Contribute to multiple project teams of senior, mid-level, and junior staff, to meet client expectations and contractual requirements.

  • Interpreting data from multiple sources using SAS or Tableau.

  • Working with our client to provide ad hoc reports and any deliverables they may need.

  • Respond to external and internal client requests.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or higher in social sciences, math, statistics, or computer science or a related field.

  • At least 5 years of SAS programming experience in an academic or professional environment in positions of increasing responsibility working with large health data sets.

  • Experience and familiarity with health care or hospital data is a plus.

  • Experience with policy analysis in a government or professional services environment.

  • Quantitative analysis proficiency with SAS and preferably Tableau, RShiny or other business intelligence applications.

  • Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

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

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

  • Preference will be given to candidates with face-to-face experience with clients who not only have strong communication skills but also enjoy working with clients.

  • 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: October 16, 2020Central Daylight TimeApplications close: