Monday, July 27, 2015

Public Health Research Assistant Position with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Research Assistant to support the Public Health Department. NORC is a not-for-profit academic research organization that partners with government, commercial, and nonprofit clients to perform research and disseminate knowledge.

This position is located in Bethesda, MD, and is responsible for conducting literature reviews; statistical analyses of primary and secondary data; and prepare memos, tables and graphs based on findings. In addition, this position is responsible for playing a central role in maintaining administrative records. 


  • Provide general research support related to social science (e.g. public health and health policy research) on assignments of low to moderate complexity.
  • Conduct literature reviews, statistical analysis of primary and secondary data and prepares memos, tables, and graphs based on findings under supervision of experienced professionals.
  • Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes. Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews.
  • Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serving as an editor for deliverables.
  • Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction.
  • Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, and agency goals and objectives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  


  • Bachelor's Degree from accredited college or university. Degree in Social Science or related field involving quantitative analysis desired.
  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through reading literature and experience in the field; basic understanding of routine sampling procedures and of quantitative analysis.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong writer
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Adaptable
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software.
  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings
  • Quantitative skills/statistical software package experience not required
  • Strong qualitative research skills 

Find out more and apply here