Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

Stanford University

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Job Classification: Social Science Research Professional 1
Job Code: 4186
Job Grade: E
100% FTE, Exempt, 2 Year Fixed Term

Job Purpose
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 the Faculty Director for Ethics in Society. His research focuses on the relationship between ethics and technology and the role of philanthropy in democratic societies. Professor Reich is seeking a tenacious research assistant with excellent strategic thinking, analytical and organizational skills as well as outstanding academic credentials to support his research, teaching, public activities, and administrative work at the Center for Ethics in Society.

The Research Assistant's work will involve (1) drafting literature reviews and research memos (2) assisting with the development of workshops, seminars, and public events (3) developing grant proposals for funders on a wide range of topics but focusing especially on ethics, public policy, and technology (4) support his current and future teaching, including a new large undergraduate class on ethics, public policy, and technology. The work on ethics, public policy, and technology will involve interaction with the Digital Civil Society Lab, the Project on Democracy and the Internet, and a new effort on ethics and AI.

The RA may also assist with a range of administrative needs, including (1) supervising and training undergraduate researchers/interns assisting on research projects (2) writing introductions for speakers at Ethics in Society (3) preparing memos and slide decks for Prof. Reich's public speaking engagements (4) and support for press engagement, especially as related to the release of a new book in 2018-19.

Attractive candidates for the position will be energetic and innovative, interested in pursuing their own research interests, keen to be exposed to a wide range fo programmatic activites at the university, and eager to engage external audiences in the work of the Center for Ethics in Society. Learn more about his research at


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eagerness to develop and pursue new ideas, comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty, ability to interface with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Present research findings to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers, and to external audiences
  • 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:
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:
  • 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 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,


Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, California, United States
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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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Posted: 7/24/2018
Application Due: 7/24/2030
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