Research Assistant



Stanford University

Research Assistant

Job Number:
75570

This is a 100% FTE, 2 year fixed-term, non-exempt position.


Job Purpose

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is a research center that develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. Stanford PACS connects students, scholars and practitioners and publishes the preeminent journal Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society (Ethics in Society) is committeed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and community engagement.

Professor Rob Reich is a Faculty Co-Director for Stanford PACS and the Faculty Director for Ethics in Society. He is seeking a tenacious research assistant with excellent analytical and organizational skills and outstanding academic credentials to support his research by (1) drafting reports (2) conducting literature reviews (3) preparing research memos (4) assisting with the development and support of workshops and seminars. The Research Assistant will also support his current and future teaching and lecture activities, including the development of a new large undergraduate class on ethics, public policy, and technology. This will include (1) conducting a wide literature scan (2) writing memos on potential readings (3) organizing potential readings (4) conducting and writing original case studies. Additionally, the Research Assistant may assist with a range of administrative needs, including (1) supervising and training undergraduate researchers/interns assisting on research projects (2) writing draft introductions for guests at EIS and PACS (3) preparing memos and slide decks for Prof. Reich's public speaking engagements. The candidate will support Professor Reich on the full range of his research agenda, which focuses on the relationship between philanthropy, democracy, and justice; and on the ethics of technology. Learn more about his research at robreich.stanford.edu

CORE DUTIES*:
  • 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. 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.

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
WORK STANDARDS:
  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

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: School of Humanities and Sciences
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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

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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