NORC Senior Research Analyst in Chicago, Illinois

Senior Research Analyst

Job no: 493820Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Center for Excellence in Survey Research


The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) is seeking a Senior Research Analyst to support projects and initiatives in the Chicago office. This position is responsible for providing research project support and task leadership on studies of moderate to high complexity.


The Center for Excellence in Survey Research (CESR) assists NORC in remaining a leader in methodological innovations in survey research.

CESR helps identify and share best practices—both internally and externally—across the continuum of research design and implementation at NORC. To accomplish its mission, the Center conducts timely, state-of-the-art statistical and methodological research on sample and survey design and estimation methods, as well as the analysis of data from surveys and information collection activities. The CESR staff partner with colleagues and work on projects housed in every research department at NORC to encourage including the most innovative and industry best practices in our methodologies. External clients benefit from CESR’s team members’ expertise across a range of topics by working directly with CESR or through a multidisciplinary collaboration with NORC’s research departments.


  • Serve as task leader or provides support on work involving project design, data collection, data processing, and/or analysis and report or paper writing on assignments of moderate to high complexity.

  • Prepare literature reviews, written descriptions of data collection methodologies and procedures, assists in design of questionnaires and data collection forms

  • Develop data charts and tables for presentations and contribute to presentations at professional and client meetings.

  • Preparation/Drafting of deliverables, including monthly or annual progress reports, documentation, questionnaires, and OMB clearance packages.

  • Assist with overall analysis on specific items of survey or research analysis.

  • Develop project materials, including reports, analytical evaluations, graphics and exhibits, as service as report editor.

  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, monitoring databases such as and, and tracking relevant legislation, regulation, and budgetary processes.

  • May assist with business development activities by drafting subsections of proposals, compiling data, and drafting charts or exhibits.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors’ Degree required, Masters’ degree preferred.

  • Graduate level understanding of quantitative analysis.

  • Strong problem solving, project management skills and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey research or related field (or equivalent education).

  • Solid technical writing skills.

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software.

  • 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, 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.


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.


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.


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 8, 2018Central Daylight TimeApplications close: