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Research Methodologist

University of Chicago

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Location: Chicago, IL
Type: Full Time
Posted: 09/03/2019
Deadline to Apply: Open - no deadline given by employer

Job Summary:

NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a qualified Research Methodologist with experience in Geographic Information Systems to support the Statistics and Methodology department.

  • Managing complex survey research project(s) and be responsible for the project’s schedule, budget, staff and client relations; scheduling the project’s work, monitoring the project budget, overseeing questionnaire and materials design, planning and executing data collection and delivery, and reporting costs and progress.
  • Organizing and supervising the day-to-day work of the research staff team, coaching junior staff members and ensure the client’s needs and project’s contract requirements are continually met.
  • Communicating directly with clients to understand research goals and objectives.
  • Supporting geospatial analysis and geographic data compilation
  • Conducting business development efforts, including proposal development and networking.
  • Designing and conducting qualitative research, including cognitive interviews and focus groups.
  • Designing experiments and other statistical/methodological research for data collection efforts.
  • Consulting on questionnaire design.
  • Responsible for day-to-day activities on a task or project component, including supervising staff in design and implementation/production activities, projecting resource needs, monitoring task budget and schedule, resolving technical and management problems, monitoring the achieved sample, preparing or reviewing deliverables, and communicating with the client and subcontractor(s.)
  • Authoring various sections of the technical proposal, present research papers at professional conferences, and submit articles for publication in journals.


  • PhD or Master’s in Geography, Sociology, Urban Studies, Statistics, or a related social or environmental science-based field, OR Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience performing geospatial data processing and analysis
  • At least 5 years’ experience related to statistics and/or survey methodologies including at least 3 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in quantitative social science, survey methodology, statistics or related field, and at least 1 year of social science project management.
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles and processes of social science research.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising multiple tasks and staff.
  • Excellent communication and management skills. Experience with MapInfo Professional or ArcGIS including data manipulation, geospatial data processing, and mapping
  • Knowledge and experience with demographic, census, and vital statistics data.
  • Knowledge of coordinate system and projections concepts.
  • Skills in the use of computer software, especially packages for statistical analysis (SAS, R, or SPSS) and knowledge of computing platforms and data file construction. Broad skills in geospatial data manipulation, processing, analysis, and mapping.
  • Skills in key geospatial techniques including data geocoding (and address matching), geospatial data manipulations, projections, and basic geospatial analyses.
  • Experience in mapping and cartography to ensure geospatial results are portrayed accurately.

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