Social Science Research Professional 2

Sep 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Social Science Research Professional 2

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The Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Department of Medicine is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 2 to perform work to support research in the area of tobacco control. The position requires continuous exercising of independent initiative and judgment and providing guidance to less experienced colleagues. This candidate will apply the understanding of scientific theory and provide administrative and operational support while working under general supervision. The ideal candidate will be flexible, enthusiastic, a great team player, and exercise independent initiative and judgment. The candidate is expected to perform at a high level with the ability to work independently and with a report line that is direct to the principal investigator. The research is focused on study of tobacco use and its treatment among vulnerable groups.

Duties include:
  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.
  • Identify and help prioritize research team activities and deliverables for the week, set up and participate in team meetings, maintain team agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Supervise team and provide instruction in regard to participant recruitment, screening and study assessments, and intervention delivery.
  • Stay abreast of tobacco industry advertising/marketing and tobacco regulatory efforts.
* - Other duties may also be assigned DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Graduate degree in a social science related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success with building partnerships with community agencies
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ACT!, Qualtrics, and REDcap
  • Skilled in effective risk management
  • Trained and skilled in motivational interviewing and stage-tailored interventions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nicotine addiction and its treatment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tobacco industry tactics in advertising and marketing

Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Developing supervisory skills.

Working toward certification(s) to perform motivational interviewing and stage-tailored interventions.

  • 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,

    Job: Research

    Location: School of Medicine
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

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