NORC Senior Data Analyst in Chicago, Illinois

Senior Data Analyst

Job no: 493844Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Center for Excellence in Survey Research

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a Senior 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: CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN SURVEY RESEARCH

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • 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 two 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.

ABOUT NORC:

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.

EEO STATEMENT:

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 4, 2018Central Daylight TimeApplications close: