Social Science Research Professional

California, United States
Jan 05, 2020
End of advertisement period
Mar 05, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

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 2 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:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols. 
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions that affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.
  • Develop a communication strategy and tools for communicating with research partners.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Advanced degree in applicable social science, public health or related field.
  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Substantial experience with standard software packages including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to successfully juggle and prioritize among multiple projects.
  • Ability or interest in learning software for website maintenance, databases, and social media.
  • Background in mental health, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and behavioral health integration in primary care
  • Background in implementation research
  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility


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


  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Developing supervisory skills.


  • 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 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: 4187
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: G