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Research Scientist - Health Sciences Research

Company: NORC at the University of Chicago
Location: Bethesda
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

Research Scientist - Health Sciences Research

Apply now Job no: 497065 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Health Sciences


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a talented Research Scientist to support the Health Sciences Research Department.

This position is responsible for providing direction and task leadership in all aspects of project work which could include development of analytic approaches, questionnaire design, data collection strategy, acquisition of existing data, data analysis, and/or preparing study conclusions and developing high quality reports.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Bethesda, MD or Chicago, IL office when it is safe to resume office work.

DEPARTMENT: Health Sciences

NORC's Health Sciences staff produce rich data on health care priorities including 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 informatics, supports the emerging fields of patient-centered outcomes research and mobile health. The staff also work on large implementation science projects involving patient safety and quality.

NORC's Health Sciences staff work closely with colleagues in Health Care and Public Health to offer program, policy, and research solutions. Our work is guided by a commitment to long-lasting partnerships, transparency, and high-quality, nonpartisan research that improves health and health care for all people.


  • Serve as task leader with budget responsibilities on complex scientific and or technical components of large projects or a series of smaller projects.
  • Design research studies in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers.
  • Author and present research at client and professional meetings and lead drafting of final project reports. Submit articles for publication in refereed journals.
  • Author sections of analysis reports, technical reports, OMB clearance packages, and other documentary deliverables.
  • Assist with quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Engage in business development activities including authoring various sections of the technical proposal.
  • Monitor task budget and schedule.
  • Supervise staff involved for specific tasks and projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree and equivalent experience required; PhD in health sciences, health policy or public health preferred.
  • At least 7 years' experience in positions of increasing responsibility in survey research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years' of social science project management as well as experience with the design and execution of social science research and in publishing research results, with a strong career-appropriate record of peer-reviewed technical publications
  • Prior experience in implementation science, pragmatic trials, or program evaluation is a plus.
  • Prior experience in qualitative methods with work related to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) or implementation science is a plus.
  • Prior work with Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a plus.
  • Advanced understanding of quantitative analysis.
  • Strong problem solving, project management, relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Some experience in client communications and relationship management; solid technical writing skills.
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software; strong proficiency with statistical analysis packages.
  • Must have experience managing and mentoring staff.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Occasional travel to client meetings.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.


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, our teams have 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 us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we're known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


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.

Keywords: NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda , Research Scientist - Health Sciences Research, Other , Bethesda, Maryland

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