Social Science Research Professional

Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Social Science Research Professional

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Social Science Research Professional 1 Job Family: Research Job Series: Social Science Research Professional Job Code: 4186 Grade: E Exemption: Exempt Effective/Revision Date: 04/01/2015 Job Series Matrix URL: View PDF INTERNAL CANDIDATE IDENTIFIED THIS IS A 75% FTE FIXED-TERM POSITION. THE TERM CONCLUDES 10 MONTHS FROM THE START DATE, AND MAY BE EXTENDED BASED ON CENTER'S NEED AND FUNDING AVAILABILITY.

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The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law's Program on American Democracy in Comparative Perspective seeks to hire a Social Science Research Professional to support new research on global populism, party systems, and political reform. This project is funded by the Hewlett Foundation and private donors, and brings together academics, journalists, and practitioners for multiple events at Stanford University.

The Social Science Research Professional will help to conduct research for faculty and staff working on books and academic articles. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor's degree and be familiar with textual and historical analysis, data visualization and assembly, and politics and current affairs. The ideal candidate will also have strong organizational and administrative skills, since he/she will be helping to coordinate multiple conferences and working groups. This will require keeping in touch with a network of American and European scholars about ongoing research, assisting with publication materials, and logistical and administrative oversight of meetings and projects. The Social Science Research Associate will be based at Stanford University.

A background check will be required for all final candidates. For consideration please submit resume and cover letter.

JOB PURPOSE: Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory.


  • Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
  • Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
  • Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
  • Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
  • Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.

* - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Familiarity with social science research, including electronic databases and electronic journals
  • Familiarity with Excel and/or comparable software for creating tables and graphs
Certifications and Licenses: None PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Research

Location: Dean of Research
Schedule: Part-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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