Social Science Research Professional

California, United States
Jan 11, 2021
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Mar 11, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a research professional with independent skills in designing and executing research studies combining qualitative and quantitative methods, a strong track record of successful proposal development, project management, project execution, and publication.  The role requires a high degree of organization, continuous exercise of independent initiative and judgment, strong ethic of collaboration, and exceptional, interpersonal skills.  The research staff will play an important role in conducting and analyzing mixed methods investigations of innovative health and healthcare delivery models locally and nationally.

This is an ideal position for an individual with a BA or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as public health, health care management, health services research, sociology, or anthropology, interested in advancing toward higher level training (e.g., MD, Master’s or PhD degree), who has a passion for improving health and health care systems in the United States.

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.
  • 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.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant field of social science including public health, health services research, sociology, or anthropology and some prior applicable experience in a relevant social science field. 

  • Strong organization and project management skills, with demonstrated experience bringing projects to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-review literature
  • Experience with NVivo or equivalent software.
  • Experience using statistical software such as R or STATA.
  • Degree in related field including public health, health services research, sociology, or anthropology


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


  • None


  • 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.

Additional PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (remove if none)


  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4187
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 88138