skip to main content

Important Notice

It appears you are using an older version of your browser. While some functions will be available, works best with a modern browser such as the ones provided by:

Please download and install the latest version of the browser of your choice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Senior Statistician

Click the Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn icons to share this job with your friends or contacts. Click the Twitter icon to tweet this job to your followers. Click the link button to view the URL of the job, which then can be copied and pasted into an e-mail or other document.

Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Physical Address

Chicago - 55 East Monroe, IL
Job Description

Senior Statistician

Job no: 497129 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Statistics & Methodology


NORC at the University of Chicago is hiring an experienced Senior Statistician to join the Statistics and Data Science department.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so. Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership.


The Statistics and Data Science Department implements state-of-the-art statistical methods and develops innovations to deliver reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions for NORC clients. In collaboration with all NORC subject area departments, the Statistics and Data Science Department provides leadership along the project life cycle for study design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results, and also conducts its own research. The department is a leader in designing and implementing rigorous, efficient methods for sampling from populations and weighting resultant survey data. The department provides expertise and leads NORC strategy on the use of a broad range of methods for the analysis of primary and secondary data, including Bayesian analysis, data linkage and statistical matching for combining multiple data sources, data quality assessment, differential privacy, imputation, machine learning, small area estimation, statistical disclosure limitation, survival analysis, visualization, and efficient and reproducible workflow development. The department collaborates with the Methodology and Quantitative Social Sciences department, all NORC research departments, and the Academic Research Centers in addition to conducting research in its own field.


+ Function as project director or lead statistician, providing leadership with accountability for all activities on project assignments

+ Provide direction on statistical matters, including developing and overseeing key operational processes, workflows, study design, sampling, weighting, analytic methods, computation, communication of methods and results, data stewardship, and quality assurance

+ Navigate with the client and with the project team new developments and potential innovations to methodology and operations

+ Supervise and mentor multiple staff on technical and operational tasks, client relations, effective communication, and thought leadership

+ Engage in significant proposal writing and business development activities

+ Establish rapport and strong communication with project team members and clients; develop and maintain strong cross-departmental and intra-departmental working relationships.

+ Present results at national scientific and stakeholder meetings, and provide quality assurance and scientific input to the development of team presentations at such meetings

+ Disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed publications, white papers, presentations, and memos and reports for clients


+ PhD in statistics or related field, or Masters in statistics with equivalent experience

+ At least 10 years of experience post PhD degree; at least 13 years of experience post Master’s degree

+ At least 3 years of relevant project management

+ Expertise in the theory and operations of large-scale national surveys and in some of the following areas:

+ statistical disclosure limitation

+ analysis of administrative, registry, and other observational data sources

+ data integration-record linkage (entity resolution), statistical matching (data fusion), harmonization

+ small area estimation

+ modern privacy

+ imputation/missing data methods

+ data science approaches

+ complex mathematical-statistical modeling

+ Demonstrated ability to lead large client projects or tasks and to work on multiple projects

+ Demonstrated leadership and recognition within the profession

+ Experienced with supervising and mentoring staff

+ Experienced with responding to and winning large-scale projects through a competitive bidding process

+ Excellent written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, presentations to external audiences, and building strong working relationships with clients and colleagues


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.

Advertised: May 6, 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications close:

To view full details and how to apply, please login or create a Job Seeker account.