Research Assistant

California, United States
Sep 21, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 21, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time one year fixed-term Research Assistant position.

About Stanford University's Hoover Institution: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy both domestic and foreign as well as international affairs.

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges.

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.


Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory. Specifically, the PolicyEd Research Assistant will be responsible for generating and supplementing new content for the Hoover Institution’s Educating Americans in Public Policy program (EAPP), under the supervision of the PolicyEd team. S/he will work on the production and preparation of educational programming based on the work of Hoover Institution fellows.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Research and draft potential "scripts" for PolicyEd videos based on the current research of Hoover fellows.
  • Organize, write, and assist in assembling supplemental material for PolicyEd content.
  • Create social media postings to promote PolicyEd videos.
  • Provide project management assistance in design and production of EAPP programming.
  • Assist in the drafting and editing quizzes, tests, infographics and other related material, which adhere to the communications and brand strategy for EAPP in a variety of channels (i.e., Facebook, YouTube, and others).
  • Develop an understanding of the organization’s major programs, services, events and products.

* Other duties may also be assigned.


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. Relevant experience may include previous internships or work experience in think thank or academic research roles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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.

Desired/Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with and interest in public policy issues.
  • Strong quantitative skills.
  • Highly creative.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, and Internet search techniques.

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 the 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 as well as 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,

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University 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.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4189
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: E
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 84740