Social Science Research Professional 1

California, United States
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 27 July 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Seeking Social Science Research Professional for Parkinson’s Disease Research Lab

Do you want to help Stanford University develop world-leading research to better diagnose and treat people suffering from Parkinson’s disease?

If you…

  • Enjoy working directly with human subjects’ data
  • Are exceptionally organized and can balance multiple projects at one time
  • Love learning new skills, such as how to perform statistical analyses
  • Have experience with scientific writing and presentations
  • Are a proven quick learner who doesn’t need handholding to get started

Then we offer…

  • The opportunity to contribute to understanding Parkinson’s disease and Dementia
  • Challenging but positive environment where you will always learn new things
  • Teamwork and camaraderie
  • Competitive full-time salary
  • Excellent Stanford benefits

The Poston Lab uses data from Brain imaging (MRI, PET, SPECT), clinical evaluations, neuropsychological testing, genetic and biological tests (blood and CSF) to understand the motor and cognitive impairments in people with Parkinson’s disease. For these studies, the Poston Lab seeks a full-time Social Science Research Professional. The desired candidate is self-motivated, detail-oriented, relatively independent, and punctual with excellent interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills in English. Individuals with prior experience in scientific writing and/or statistical analyses are encouraged to apply.

We like working with other smart, motivated, fun people looking to better the lives of our patients through scientific discovery. In addition to submitting your on-line resume, include a cover letter describing your prior experience with research data. Also include the top 5 qualities that make this the right job for you.

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


Some experience with scientific writing. Some experience with statistical software.


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.


  • 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: 4189
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: E
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 86679

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