NORC Programmer II in Chicago, Illinois

Programmer II

Job no: 493851Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Application Development


NORC at the University of Chicago, an objective and non-partisan research organization with more than 75 years of leadership in data collection, program evaluation, data analysis, and information dissemination, is seeking a programmer to provide support for survey systems and data.


NORC IT produces high quality, processing intensive software designed to improve project efficiency and accuracy while at the same time providing a cost savings benefit. We have experts on staff in all industry recognized platforms, development environments, and data management systems.


Responsibilities include: system set-up, software customization, application and data support for existing systems, implementation and execution of test plans, and writing data preparation and report programs. The Programmer works as a part of a team and will receive close supervision by a project manager and/or senior programmer. A project manager/senior programmer will provide detailed specifications, schedules, priorities, and will thoroughly review the incumbent's work. The Programmer will be responsible for setup, testing and supporting existing NORC applications, coding, testing and implementing programs and modules, data manipulation and maintenance and assisting in the training of users.


Knowledge required: working knowledge of at least one commonly used programming language; working knowledge of all phases of software development, including requirements, design, implementation, support and the product release cycles.

• Bachelor’s degree in IT, Software Engineering, or other relevant field

1-3 years' experience with:

• Development, back-end; Java, Hibernate, Spring JUnit, XML, SQL

• Development, front-end; JSP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, jQuery

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Experience with SDLC, including requirements, design, implementation, build and release/deployment, and production support

• Software development methodologies; Scrum/Agile, Waterfall, Kanban/Lean

• Apache Tomcat, Eclipse IDE, Subversion/SVN, Git/Stash version control

• RDBS such as SQL-Server, or Oracle

• Open source participation, and/or code management with overlapping and concurrent release schedules of different code branches

Additional Preferred Skills:

• JavaScript library/frameworks such as Bootstrap, Angular, Knockout

• Mobile/Android development experience

• Python, Django, PostgreSQL DB

• Familiarity with Survey or Market Research

Skills required: good analytical skills, good written and verbal communication, programming, testing

Abilities required: Ability to balance his/her workload and in determining the means for accomplishing assignments, ability to work independently on some tasks, process-driven approach to work and an ability to work under time pressure and in a dynamic environment


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: June 12, 2018Central Daylight TimeApplications close: