NORC Research Assistant - Public Health Research in Chicago, Illinois

Research Assistant - Public Health Research

Job no: 494538Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Public Health

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Research Assistant to support the Public Health Department in our Chicago, IL office.

DEPARTMENT: Public Health

The Public Health Research team conducts work on a variety of public health topics including chronic disease prevention and health promotion, rural health, health disparities, health care delivery, and social determinants of health. Our team includes prominent health policy experts, nationally recognized public health researchers with general and specialized expertise in areas such as rural health and tribal issues, skilled methodologists, and leaders in the field of survey design and implementation. Our staff also brings expertise in populations of special interest and the intersection of public health and health care delivery. We offer broad, multidisciplinary experiences spanning public health, epidemiology, statistics, policy, developmental psychology, economics, sociology, social work, and political science.

This position will work closely with the Public Health Department’s Health Media Collaboratory (HMC). The HMC is a multi-disciplinary team of social science researchers, data and computer scientists, and new media specialists that conducts research at the intersection of social media, human behavior and digital communication. The Collaboratory develops and applies rigorous data collection and analysis tools to derive meaningful, trustworthy behavioral and attitudinal insights from social media. They were one of the first research teams to apply sophisticated social media analytical tools to public health studies, and they continue to define the standards by which social media-based social science research is conducted. Their approach reveals nuanced insights into digital communication and public opinion that can inform campaign, program and policy development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide general research support related to social science (e.g. public health and health policy research) on assignments of low to moderate complexity.

  • Assist with project-specific research tasks including data acquisition, data labeling/coding, database management and cleaning, data merging and harmonization.

  • 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.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Bachelors’ Degree, preferably in the Social Sciences.

  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of social science research through reading literature and experience in the field; basic understanding of routine sampling procedures and of quantitative/qualitative analysis.

  • Problem solving skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Professional writing and communication skills.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, particularly Microsoft Access.

  • Occasional travel for site visits and meetings.

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Quantitative skills in SPSS/SAS

  • Basic knowledge, familiarity or experience with programming software (such as R or python)

  • Familiarity with social media platforms and metadata

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: November 21, 2018Central Standard TimeApplications close: