NORC Principal Data Analyst in Chicago, Illinois
Principal Data Analyst
Job no: 495272Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Statistics & Methodology
NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Principal Data Analyst to support a diverse range of research projects. At NORC, Data Analysts work with our Data Scientists, and 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: Statistics and Methodology
The Statistics and Methodology department pioneers innovations in all aspects of survey research. NORC statisticians and methodologists help understand the cognitive processes underlying respondents’ reactions to surveys; design and implement rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data; and employ advanced techniques for analyzing and interpreting survey and secondary data. The department collaborates with all NORC research departments and the Academic Research Centers, as well as conducts research in its own field.
Responsibilities of a person in this position would include but not be limited to:
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.
The successful candidate should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields: math, statistics, computer science, data science, or a social science or public policy related field.
He/she should have a strong foundation in areas of statistics, mathematics, and computer programming.
Preference will be given to those with additional expertise in areas of data mining such as topic modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning. Strong skills in problem solving and quantitative/qualitative analysis are required.
The candidate should be able to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet project needs.
At least four years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility, preferably working with large data sets and conducting statistical and quantitative modeling, melding analytics with programming, data mining, clustering and segmentation is required.
Some familiarity with the social science domain is also preferred.
The qualified candidate should have strong communication skills; able to quickly comprehend requirements and assignments and then explain his/her solutions in both writing and speech.
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, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.
NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.
We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE:
As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.
A PASSION FOR INNOVATION:
NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.
A COMMITMENT TO COLLEGIALITY:
NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.
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: May 14, 2019Central Daylight TimeApplications close: