Predoctoral Social Science Research Analyst

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Predoctoral Social Science Research Analyst🔍School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅Jun 01, 2021 Post Date📅89813 Requisition #Business Title: Predoctoral Social Science Research Analyst

Timeframe: July 2021 – July 2022 (full-time, one-year position)

The Changing Cities Research Lab uses innovative data and methods to study how changes in U.S. cities affect racial segregation and inequality to inform policy solutions that promote racial equity. The Predoctoral Research Analyst will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on conducting cutting-edge research that has impact beyond the academy. This is a one-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and/or performance.

The predoctoral social science research analyst’s primary responsibilities will be managing and analyzing datasets, producing deliverables to partners and broader public audiences, and coordinating data collection for the Lab’s partnership-based research projects focused on ending residential instability. Additionally, the predoctoral research analyst will work closely with Prof. Jackelyn Hwang and the Lab’s partners to apply the findings of the research towards the development and improvement of interventions. The analyst will manage large scale datasets on neighborhoods, housing, and residential mobility and will oversee and assist with data collection using qualitative interviews. Tasks related to data management include documentation, data merges, measures, coding, and analysis, and the analyst will direct undergraduate and graduate students in the Lab working with these data. The analyst will also prepare data visualizations for academic and non-academic deliverables and write reports and other translation pieces to communicate results to partners, practitioners, and broader public audiences. Lastly, the analyst will be responsible for communicating the Lab’s work on its website, serve as a central point of contact for Lab members, and lead programming for the Lab.

Our approach is team-based and multidisciplinary. The analyst must be an excellent collaborator with an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries, contribute to team efforts and own team outcomes, be reliable and curious to learn, have a positive and inclusive approach to teamwork, actively mentor students, and help create a thriving lab culture.

Competitive candidates should have:

  • General understanding of social science theory and methods
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs
  • Content familiarity with issues of housing inequality and racial stratification
  • Outstanding analytical writing skills with sharp attention to detail, appearance, and accuracy while utilizing good analytical judgment
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload appropriately with high attention to detail and follow-through
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately
  • Proficiency with R; experience with mapping tools (e.g., ArcGIS or spatial R) is a plus
  • Ability to oversee and direct other students
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, reliable contribution, and enthusiasm for team work
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn new methods (quantitative and qualitative)


    Prepare correspondence, documents and reports. Maintain and file forms and documents, including consent forms and master subject logs. Assist with the screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants. Perform
telephone or in-person interviews to gather data, as needed. 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. Perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy. Prepare data for input into statistical databases by typing, editing, and organizing data. 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.
  • Other duties may also be assigned. The analyst’s portfolio will also include Lab management. The position will serve as a central point of contact for lab members, partners, and stakeholders. The analyst will coordinate and lead programming for monthly Lab meetings.
Minimum Education and Experience Required:

Two-year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. Bachelor’s degree in applicable social science related field, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science 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.
  • Excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills and attention to detail, substantial experience with analytical programs, and basic coursework in statistics are essential.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired:

  • Project management experience.
  • Openness to a variety of projects, comfortable working in a dynamic environment, and flexible.
  • Strong interest in participating in the Lab’s mission of advancing racial equity in housing and neighborhoods in U.S. cities.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting in place at computer for long periods of time with extensive keyboarding/dexterity.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely writing by hand.

Working Conditions:

  • Some work may be performed in a laboratory or field setting.
  • May be required to commute locally to off-campus locations for program work and research activities.
  • 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,

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4185
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: D
  • Requisition ID: 89813




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Job No:
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time