Social Science Research Professional

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Social Science Research Professional

Stanford University

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Job Code: 4189
Grade: E

The Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation Research (CBHSIR) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 1 to perform work to support implementation science research in the area of co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders impacting the integration of behavioral health services in primary care. Research in this portfolio includes: translating evidence-based therapies for co-occurring disorders into routine clinical settings; optimization of services for behavioral mental health in integrated service organizations; and, the intersection of health policy, clinical practice, treatment outcomes, and health economics. In addition, perform work that helps to address the opioid (heroin and prescription narcotics) epidemic in California and across the United States.
CBHSIR is dedicated to translational research that directly benefits patients and families by improving their chances of receiving evidence-based treatments at the right time and the right place - whenever and wherever needed. To accomplish this mission, we use the methods and metrics of implementation science. This emerging science is the study of strategies to integrate evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings - in order to improve patient outcomes and benefit population health.

Duties include:

  • Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance. General instruction provided by the supervisor as needed. May interpret study results in collaboration with supervisor or PI.
  • Participate in the development and administration of survey instruments and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine procedures. Analyze and summarize results for review with supervisor. Audit the accuracy and validity of data
  • Review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents, and ensure compliance with research protocols.
  • Identify, select, extract and summarize data and structured information. Present summary of findings to supervisor.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries and manuscripts, requiring preliminary judgments after the supervisor outlines conceptual approach.
  • Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures and processes). May follow up with Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure renewals are approved and completed, seeking guidance where necessary.
  • Assist with development, communication and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, for use in recruitment, educational, or awareness of programs, with guidance from supervisor.
  • May orient and train new staff or students.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned
  • Masters in an applicable social science, public health, or related field
  • Relevant social science research experience beyond degree
  • Experience using statistical software such as SPSS or STATA
  • Experience with basic statistics but advanced statistics highly desired
  • Background in mental health, substance abuse disorders, co-occurring disorders, and primary care and behavioral health integration
  • Background in implementation research
  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility
  • Substantial experience with standard software packages including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to successfully juggle and prioritize among multiple projects


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

  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • 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




  • 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.

    * - 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.

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4189
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: E
    • Requisition ID: 83217


    Location: School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
    Classification Level:

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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/24/2019
    Application Due: 7/24/2019
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