Social Science Research Coordinator

Sep 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Social Science Research Coordinator

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Social Science Research Coordinator:

The Department of Psychology is looking for a full time Social Science Research Coordinator (SSRC)

The Project: This research explores how can we curb the current norm of environmentally unsustainable levels of meat consumption in developed countries and more generally encourage sustainable behavior using information about trends in norms. Research on dynamic norms finds that learning about the decline in meat consumption among others can lead people to follow in suit and order fewer dishes containing meat. This project tests how to incorporate dynamic-norm messaging into restaurant menus and web-based meal ordering platforms and examines whether this would promote consumption of plant-based dishes among large numbers of people. If successful, this project would provide a tangible method to facilitate social change and encourage more sustainable consumption.

Main Duties: The SSRC will help work on assignments related to research on social norms, environmental sustainability, and dietary choice. The SSRC will help create materials used in pilot and field experiments, including survey items, visuals for menus and other materials that would be presented to consumers buying food. The SSRC will assist in conducting online survey research, including help posting online studies on Amazon's Mechanical Turk, verifying participant's data, assist in doing initial analyses of data using R, and merging data from different sources. The SSRC will also assist in conducting field research, including assisting in the preparation of different experiments that are rolled out in online food ordering platforms and in field settings like restaurants. The SSRC will also help with research-related tasks such as helping conduct background research related to psychology, marketing, business, and sustainable behavior, and helping prepare reports on the project's progress.

This is a one year fixed term with possibility of renewal based on funding availability. The position is ideal for individuals who wish to further their research experience.

To be considered, please submit your most recent CV/Resume and cover letter.

Core Duties:

  • Prepare correspondence, documents and reports.

  • Assist with the screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants. Schedule and/or call subjects for appointments.

  • Prepare, distribute, administer and process questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry.

  • Type, edit and organize data. Prepare data for input into statistical databases.

  • Apply formulas and calculations to research data using basic statistical programs.

  • Review and verify accuracy of database information and assist in making necessary corrections according to specific guidelines.

  • Order and maintain equipment and supplies.

  • Process study compensation payments and thank you letters to subjects upon completion of trial activities. Assist with post-study activities, as needed.

    Minimum Education and Experience Required

    Two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

  • A degree in Psychology or related fields preferred.

    Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • 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.

    Certificates and Licenses Required


    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, and operates foot and/or hand controls.

    Working Conditions:

  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.

  • 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,

    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:

    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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