Social Sciences Research Professional 1

Stanford University

Social Sciences Research Professional 1

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JOB PURPOSE: Stanford University is currently seeking a full-time Social Science Research Professional 1 to work in the Financial Security Division at the Stanford Center on Longevity. The Stanford Center on Longevity is an independent research laboratory with the mission of redesigning long life. The Center studies the nature and development of the human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 by improving the well-being of people of all ages.

The Social Science Research Professional 1 supports the research, writing and conference planning needs of the Division. This includes conducting and compiling research and data analysis, writing both academic and “consumer” pieces, and creating graphics for internal and external communications including short memos, briefing charts, talking points, social media channels, speeches, web content and formal reports. This position requires excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills; diligent, thorough and detail oriented work style; resourceful and creative attitude. The research assistant must be able to work well both independently and collaboratively. Familiarity with managing and analyzing large amounts of information with analytical programs such as SPSS and STATA, typically technical or scientific in nature, for research projects and initiatives is desired.

The successful candidate must be able to work as part of a research team with senior staff of the Center. Other administrative tasks include conference planning and grant administration. This position reports to the Director of the Financial Security Center. This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

  • 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: 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, prioritize own work and multitask.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants. PREFEERED REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision. 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 required to work evenings and weekends in support of research work. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford faculty, colleagues, and 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, Background check will be required for all final candidates.

    ABOUT US: The Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) is an independent laboratory. Its aims are to redesign long life through interdisciplinary collaborations and research that revolutionize the well-being of people of all ages. The SCL works closely and actively with business, government and industry to solve the critical problems of aging and longer life spans. The premise of the SCL is that scientific and technological advances, coupled with behavioral and social changes, can modify human aging such that quality of life is improved at all ages. The Center is made up of three divisions: Mind, Mobility, and Financial Security.

    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: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    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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