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NORC Research Assistant - Economics, Justice and Society Research in Chicago, Illinois

Research Assistant - Economics, Justice and Society Research

Job no: 495263Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Economics, Justice & Society


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Research Assistant to support the Economics, Justice and Society Department in our Chicago Loop office. The Research Assistant will work on surveys covering a wide range of factors that contribute to the nation's economic and social life.

DEPARTMENT: Economics, Justice and Society

The Economics, Justice and Society (EJS) Department focuses on a broad range of topics relating to critical economic and social issues. We are home to many of NORC’s largest and longest-running surveys, and we also engage in policy analysis and evaluation research relating to social programs and issues, the economy and the labor force, transportation and traffic safety, and crime and law enforcement. We work with a diverse set of clients and partners, including policy-makers and data users in national, state and local governments, academia, and the press.


  • Provide general research support related to social science research studies on assignments of low to moderate complexity.

  • Assist with project-specific research tasks including data acquisition, data labeling/coding, database management and cleaning, data merging and harmonization.

  • Conduct literature reviews, statistical analysis of primary and secondary data and prepares memos, tables, and graphs based on findings under supervision of experienced professionals.

  • Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes. Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews.

  • Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serving as an editor for deliverables.

  • Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction.

  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, and agency goals and objectives.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors’ Degree, preferably in the Social Sciences.

  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of social science research through reading literature and experience in the field; basic understanding of routine sampling procedures and of quantitative/qualitative analysis.

  • Quantitative skills in SPSS/SAS preferred.

  • Basic knowledge, familiarity or experience with programming software (such as R or python) preferred.

  • Problem solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Professional writing and communication skills.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, particularly Microsoft Access.

  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings.


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: May 7, 2019Central Daylight TimeApplications close: