Senior Research Scientist


Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA, US
Atlanta, GA
30+ days ago
Senior Research Scientist

Job no: 497547 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Atlanta, GA Capability Area: Academic Research Centers


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a dynamic Senior Research Scientist to join the Academic Research Centers.

The ideal candidate would have expertise in health research with sexual and gender minority populations, with content expertise in social determinants of health and social and behavioral health interventions. This person would have expertise in a variety of methodological domains, including, for example, quantitative study design and data analysis; qualitative research, including focus groups and participatory design studies; and the development and implementation of technological tools for data collection and/or intervention delivery. This person would also have experience working with health professionals, and policymakers, and an interest in the development of the department’s expanding research portfolio in the area of sexual and gender minority populations. The Senior Research Scientist’s primary responsibilities include working closely with the Center’s senior research team to develop new research specializations and projects, design and implement research studies, author manuscripts as part of a research team, develop and maintain funder and client relationships, and secure contracts and grants for research initiatives.


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 in multi-disciplinary research with scientists 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.


+ Develop and manage complex data collection efforts including innovative methods to study hard to reach populations

+ Contribute substantively to the collaborative design of quantitative and qualitative research studies, survey instruments, evaluations, and analyses.

+ Contribute to the design and execution of analysis of quantitative and qualitative data for reports and peer reviewed journals.

+ Develop grant applications and contract proposals, particularly as they support the Center’s work on the social and behavioral determinants of health sexual and gender minority populations; provide oversight on awarded grants to ensure timely achievement of goals, within budget parameters.

+ Advance the Center’s work in creating research-practitioner partnerships by, for example, identifying and establishing relationships with local and regional organizations that provide services to sexual and gender minority populations across the life-course.

+ Co-author and present research at client and professional meetings and participate in in-person briefings of project findings. Contribute to the development of abstracts and articles for publication in refereed journals.

+ Supervise and mentor junior staff, as relevant to experience.

+ Perform other duties as assigned within the department to contribute to the growth of the Center and the well-being of its members.


+ Masters required; PhD preferred in sociology, psychology, or a related social science field with demonstrated expertise in health research.

+ At least five years of experience in public health research projects, including design, execution, analysis, and publication.

+ Experience writing grants. Demonstrated success obtaining research funding is a plus.

+ Strong analytic skills, including experience with large-scale survey data and mixed-effects models.

+ Very good oral and written communication skills with experience disseminating research findings across a variety of research, practice, and policy audiences.

+ A strong orientation toward working in teams and coordinating work with other teams.


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: September 20, 2021 Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close:

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