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NORC Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, Illinois

Graduate Research Assistant

Job no: 495849Work type: IntermittentLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Education and Child Development


NORC at the University of Chicago currently seeks several Graduate Research Assistants to support on-going, innovative research projects in Education and Child Development.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development is a leader in conducting research and evaluations as well as large national surveys. We conduct both formative as well as experimental and quasi-experimental summative studies, conduct sophisticated analysis utilizing data science techniques, and provide comprehensive technical assistance to education decision makers and practitioners.


  • Collection, analysis, and coding of data from the internet and other public sources

  • Use and manipulation of databases and spreadsheets

  • Preparation of memos, tables and graphs based on findings

  • Administrative and other tasks as needed

  • May also include analysis of primary and secondary data, including data coding and cleaning


  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, social science preferred

  • Must have reliable internet access because the graduate research assistant will work remotely due to COVID-19

  • Must have outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills

  • Must demonstrate strong problem solving capability

  • Must have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both independently and in project teams

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software is expected (Excel and Access experience is highly preferred)

  • Experience with quantitative data analysis (e.g., SPSS, SAS) and qualitative data analysis (coding, etc.) a strong plus


  • The hourly rate of the graduate research assistant will be $15 – 17/hour

  • Must be able to work at least 10-15 hours per week; possibility exists for additional hours (up to 24 hours/week)

  • Some day time availability is required for team meetings, but overall work hours will be flexible

  • The project is currently funded through the end of February, this assignment could wrap up earlier or be extended depending on the necessity of support

Applications must include the following:

  • Resume

  • Brief Cover Letter or Writing Sample. During application step titled, “Document Uploads,” click the “Upload File” button that corresponds to attaching a cover letter.


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 7, 2020Central Daylight TimeApplications close: