Job Opportunity: Research Scientist, AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

NORC at the University of Chicago is looking for a Research Scientist to join AP-NORC Center
team. The position description is below. For more details and to apply please use this link
to the NORC Career Central website:

Research Scientist – AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

Job Description

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research is seeking a qualified Research
Scientist to manage public opinion research projects in a fast paced environment. The
position’s primary responsibilities include project management and budgeting; questionnaire
development on a range of social and economic issues; serving as a liaison between the Center
and project stakeholders including subject matter experts and funders; oversight of the data
collection, data cleaning and file preparation process, survey data analysis, and report
writing. The Research Scientist may work from NORC’s offices in Bethesda, MD; Chicago, IL; or
Boston, MA.

The AP-NORC Center is a joint research initiative created by The Associated Press (AP) and
NORC at the University of Chicago. The Center combines the expertise of NORC, one of the
world’s premier social science research organizations, with the unparalleled reach of AP, the
essential global news network whose news reports are seen every day over all media platforms
and formats by more than half the world’s population. The Center’s mission is to conduct
rigorous research on key social problems and policy issues and to disseminate this research
widely using the full power of AP’s global reach, thereby providing insight for informed
decision-making. Learn more about the Center at


– Manage survey research projects in a fast-paced environment including scheduling the
project’s workflow, monitoring the project budget, overseeing questionnaire and materials
design, planning and executing data collection and delivery, and reporting on costs and
– Organize and supervise the day-to-day work of the research staff team and coaching junior
staff members
– Articulate project goals to a range of stakeholders including survey operations and
methodology staff, funders, and junior research staff
– Ensure project grant requirements are continually met
– Work on questionnaire content and design, bringing an understanding of the literature and
seminal research of the substantive field to the design of the instrument
– Analyze data collected in accordance with professional standards
– Participate in writing publication quality research reports
– Assist with the design of experiments and other methodological research for data collection
– This position also has responsibilities for developing grant applications, generally
contributing to sections in which understanding of the substantive area is vital and in
assisting with communications with funders, consultants, and members of the research community


-Masters’ or Doctoral degree in social or behavioral sciences including political science,
psychology, sociology, and economics -Candidates should have experience with the design and
execution of social science research and in publishing research results, with a strong
career-appropriate record of peer-reviewed or technical publications
– Knowledge of the principles, methods, and procedures of survey research is required
– The ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge of the basic principles of the survey
design, regression analysis and causal modeling in the social sciences, sampling, standard
statistical software packages (STATA, SAS or SPSS), and quantitative data file construction
– Experience with estimating project and proposal costs is a plus
– The candidate must have very good oral and written communication skills and a strong
orientation toward working in teams and coordinating work with other teams

About NORC

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in
downtown Chicago with additional offices on The University of Chicago’s campus and in
Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well
as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates
with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and
businesses to provide the data and analysis that supports informed decision making in key
areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the
environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and
dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks
diversity in the workforce.


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