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Neuroscience Initiative Research Coordinator

Stanford University
Graduate School of Education, Stanford, California, United States

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Neuroscience Initiative Research Coordinator🔍Graduate School of Education, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅May 10, 2024 Post Date📅103216 Requisition #

The Stanford Educational Neuroscience Initiative (SENSI) seeks a full-time Research Coordinator to support ongoing research projects examining the neural mechanisms of learning and fluency development in school-aged children (K-8). The successful candidate will coordinate various research activities involving EEG methodologies, school partnerships, behavioral testing, and data management, ensuring the smooth execution and compliance with our research standards and practices.

This position is based on Stanford University’s main campus, with the potential for an additional work site at our research partner’s location in Menlo Park.Consideration will be given to a hybrid work schedule (partially onsite and offsite work), subject to operational need. Interested candidates should include a resume and cover letter describing why they are interested in this position at this stage in their career. Please send these materials to

Note: This position is a 1-year fixed term appointment that may be renewed based on performance and funding. This position is based on Stanford’s main campus and will be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement (partly in-person, partly remote). Occasional travel to districts across the country will be required for data collection. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter describing why they are interested in this position at this stage of their career. Candidates must be eligible to work in the US. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Stanford Educational Neuroscience Initiative is aimed at creating a new form of actionable research that links school-based educational innovation with advances in the neuroscience of emerging math and reading. We partner with local schools to bring unique neuroscience learning opportunities to students and explore how changes in the brain's neural circuitry support emerging skills that are foundational to education, and how school experiences help to change, shape and tune brain circuitry that are critical to the emergence of the educated mind. Embedding EEG research within schools and infusing developmental cognitive neuroscience insights into educational approaches provide the basis for the new form of research we call Educational Neuroscience.

The Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) is dedicated to solving education's greatest challenges. Through rigorous research, model training programs and partnerships with educators worldwide, we're pursuing equitable, accessible and effective learning for all. The GSE is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 230 staff, 14,000 alumni and countless individuals from the local and global communities that we work with and impact.


Reporting to the Director of Research for the Stanford Educational Neuroscience Initiative, the Research Coordinator will work to support upcoming and ongoing research actives at both Stanford University and our research partner school(s). Our team of Research Coordinators work directly with our Staff, Graduate Students, and Postdocs to create an efficient and seamless research process across the lab’s projects and research aims and liaise across all our stakeholders to ensure that our research studies are well managed and appropriately executed. Research Coordinators play a central role in the lab and will have a great many opportunities to build a foundation for their own future studies (i.e. future Ph.D. research) or professional activities in the ever-growing Educational Neuroscience space.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Prepare participant correspondence, project assets and documents, and assist in creation of study reports for publication.

  • Maintain and file forms and documents, including consent forms and experimental data.

  • 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 cognitive/behavioral 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 common computational programs (i.e. MATLAB, R, Python). 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.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Two-year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

  • 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.

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with data analysis software relevant to EEG research (e.g., MATLAB, Python).

  • Knowledge of IRB protocol submission and compliance regulations.

The ideal candidate is a friendly and dependable self-starter with direct experience working in neuroscience research and/or with children. This role requires working with all levels of stakeholders (faculty, staff, students, visitors), so it is important that you can demonstrate an ability to communicate and build relationships across broad audiences and contexts. Ongoing success in the role will require a collaborative spirit and flexible attitude, a commitment to your own professional growth and career development, and pride in your work and understanding of how it supports the overall mission of our Lab.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the US. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The expected pay range for this position is $24.04 - $31.25 per hour. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.


Stanford’s dedicated 16,000+ staff, who come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global scale. We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:

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We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4233
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: D
  • Requisition ID: 103216
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible


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