Research Assistant

Location
Stanford
Posted
Jan 31, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Research Assistant

Stanford University

Job Number:
77766

THIS IS A FIXED-TERM POSITION. THE TERM CONCLUDES AUGUST 31, 2019, AND MAY BE EXTENDED BASED ON PROGRAMMATIC NEED AND FUNDING AVAILABILITY.

Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is one of the nation's leading interdisciplinary, university-based research and training centers addressing critical international security issues. The Center draws on scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs, and applying this expertise to policy-relevant solutions.

Professor Scott Sagan is seeking a tenacious research assistant with first-rate analytical capabilities and outstanding academic credentials to conduct social science research, draft reports, support teaching and lecture activities, and assist with a range of administrative needs. The candidate will research, write about and otherwise work on international security issues such as nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation, and the ethics of war in the contemporary world.

JOB PURPOSE:

Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of social science theory.

CORE DUTIES*:
  • Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of social 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 reviews, and write literature summaries, and analysis from published literature and other sources, 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 findings to internal and external 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

ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES:
  • Assist in the production of questionnaires.
  • Assist with funding proposals and reports, including drafting and keeping track of budget projections and account expenditures.
  • Assist with teaching and public appearances by drafting and preparing PowerPoint presentations and other correspondence.
  • Organize a large course simulation and manage logistics as the course administrator.
  • Manage a very busy calendar; arrange domestic and international travel, and complete reimbursements and payments.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Education & Experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • General understanding of social science 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.
Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired:
  • Familiarity with nuclear policy or ethics in war issues desired.
  • Experience with Stata, R, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, or Qualtrics is a plus.
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
* 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 or course administration 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 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.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
  • Background check will be required for all final candidates.
  • For consideration--please submit resume and cover letter.
  • The ideal time to start is June 18, 2018 though later start dates between June 18-July 2nd will be considered.
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.

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 the job.

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: 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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