NORC Survey Specialist - Health Sciences Research in Chicago, Illinois

Survey Specialist - Health Sciences Research

Job no: 493849Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Health Sciences


NORC at the University of Chicago is currently seeking a talented Survey Specialist to join the Health Sciences Research Department and work on a very interesting, innovative, health survey project. This is a hands-on job working on survey data collection projects.

DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences

NORC’s Health Sciences staff produce rich data on social priorities including child development and healthy aging, the uses of electronic clinical data in research, and the applications and effectiveness of health information technology.

Our expert staff evaluates the effectiveness of federal investments in health information technology, supports the emerging fields of patient-centered outcomes research and mobile health, and works with the National Institute on Aging to produce data on older Americans’ health, well-being, and social life.


  • Develop standard operating procedures and documentation for recruitment, survey data collection, and biological specimen collection

  • Develop training materials for recruitment and data collection

  • Develop survey instrument specifications and test survey systems

  • Respond to questions from other contractors that come through the project help desk

  • Organize project meetings and take minutes

  • Prepare written progress reports

  • Work in teams to problem solve various process issues.


  • Bachelors' degree in the social sciences or related field (Masters' degree preferred)

  • At least 1 year of experience in a social science research environment (including internships)

  • Background in survey or clinical research preferred

  • Understanding of systems design and implementation

  • Experience in quantitative analysis using SAS and SPSS preferred

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.


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 7, 2018Central Daylight TimeApplications close: