• Senior Research Scientist - Center on Equity Research

    NORC Chicago, IL 60684

    Job #2225234971

  • Senior Research Scientist - Center on Equity Research

    Job no: 498993 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago - Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers


    NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a dynamic Senior Research Scientist to join the Academic Research Centers (ARC). The ideal candidate would have expertise in mixed-methods research, with particular expertise in inclusive and equitable research and evaluation, social justice, particularly criminal justice. This person would have experience with diverse methodological approaches, including qualitative and quantitative research designs, data collection, and analysis; experience working with academics, practitioners and policymakers; and an interest in supporting senior staff in the development of a research portfolio for the newCenter on Equity Research (~~~) . Primary responsibilities will include working closely with ARC leaders to develop new research projects, design and implement research studies, develop and maintain funder/client/collaborator relationships, and secure contracts and grants for research initiatives.

    The Academic Research Centers exemplify NORC's commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation, and to applying renowned scholarship to practical social science problems. The Academic Research Centers and its wider relationship with the University of Chicago are mutually beneficial in many ways. As part of a learning culture, multidisciplinary project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. The Senior Research Scientist will have the tremendous opportunity to apply their expertise in practical settings through the newly formed Center on Equity Research focused on integrating inclusive and equitable research and practice across NORC, facilitating partnerships, knowledge sharing, and capacity building across departments, projects, and proposals to embed inclusive and equitable research principles in every phase of the research process.


    The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC's commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC's research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative working environment.


    • Providing substantive input and direction to task leaders and project directors on inclusive and equitable research and mixed methods to inform research projects

    • Leading development of proposals, grants, and projects by providing methodological and technical guidance and direction to teams on research design, instrument development, data collection and analysis, study results and recommendations

    • Using inclusive and equitable methods to collect quantitative and/or qualitative data and/or advising teams on data collection

    • Business development expertise, specifically leading and contributing to development of grant applications and contract proposals, particularly to ensure use of inclusive and equitable research methods in all of our project work

    • Communicating with clients, consultants, partners and members of the research community, and obtaining information about and interpreting upcoming and issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Applications, Program Announcements, and other solicitation information

    • Communicating effectively with key internal and external strategic partners, and with current and prospective funders, clients and collaborators to advance ARC's strategic initiatives, particularly NORC's DREI strategic plan/framework

    • Developing written, visual, and verbal deliverables for clients, research audiences and other relevant stakeholders


    • Masters' degree is required. Preferred degree in political science, public policy, sociology, public health, or a related social science research field with demonstrated expertise in equity-informed theory, frameworks, models, and research practices.Experience conducting research in the field of criminal justice and engaging historically marginalized and/or minoritized populations, communities and partner organizations is preferred.Doctoral degree is preferred.

    • At least 9 years' experience designing and implementing mixed-method, social science research, and work with government, commercial and/or nonprofit organizations

    • Very strong oral and written communication skills with experience disseminating research findings across a variety of research, practice, and policy audiences

    • A strong orientation toward teamwork


    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: June 15, 2022 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: