NORC Senior Research Scientist - Health Care Programs Research in Bethesda, Maryland

Senior Research Scientist - Health Care Programs Research

Job no: 493753

Work type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Bethesda, MD

Capability Area: Health Care, Research


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a qualified Senior Research Scientist in our Bethesda, Maryland office to direct program and policy projects related to Medicare and/or Medicaid, including projects involving policy or program analysis, technical assistance and operational support, data analysis, and qualitative research in the form of literature reviews and environmental scans, focus groups, and structured interviews with stakeholders such as payers, providers, policymakers, and patients.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care Programs

NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.

NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.


  • Provide consultative policy analysis and operational and technical support for federal or state clients focused on Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care financing programs;

  • Design and conduct quantitative and qualitative research studies and analyses, develop structured interview protocols and content, and lead stakeholder interviews;

  • Independently draft and manage contract proposals, communicating effectively with prospective clients, organizational partners, consultants, and members of the policy and research community;

  • Contribute to internal discussions and strategic thinking concerning future research opportunities and the implications of new federal and state policies on business development;

  • Manage contracts and work closely with clients to ensure that contractual requirements (deliverables and timelines) and client expectations are met using the highest standards of quality and collegiality;

  • Manage multiple project teams of senior, mid-level, and junior staff, and bring in experts as needed, to meet client expectations and contractual requirements;

  • Monitor and oversee the financial and administrative aspects of ongoing projects.


  • Master or Doctoral degree in public policy or related fields (training in an array of social science disciplines will be considered).

  • At least 9 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in program implementation or program evaluation (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years of project management.

  • Knowledge of the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs, including delivery system reform, provider payment, access to care, and beneficiary experience.

  • Experience working for a federal or state government agency, ideally with work focusing on the Medicare and/or Medicaid program.

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

  • Experience with and knowledge of the principles of quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis.

  • Experience with estimating project and proposal costs and managing project budgets.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and aptitude in leading and working with project teams, coordinating multiple projects (including those run by others within an organization).


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: April 6, 2018Eastern Daylight Time

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