Research Assistant (Social Science Research Professional 1)
Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is one of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary, university-based research and training centers addressing critical international security issues. The Center draws on scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs, and applying this expertise to policy-relevant solutions.
Professor Scott Sagan is seeking a tenacious research assistant with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, first-rate analytical capabilities and outstanding academic credentials to conduct social science research, draft reports, support teaching and lecture activities, and assist with a range of administrative needs. The candidate will research and write about international security issues including nuclear weapons policy, public opinion on the use of force, nuclear nonproliferation, and the laws of armed conflict and ethics of war. Past research assistants in the position have gone on to PhD programs at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and UCSD as well as Yale and Stanford Law School.
This is a fixed-term position. The position will begin summer of 2021 and the term concludes August 31, 2022, and may be extended based on programmatic need and funding availability.
For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter. All final candidates must complete a background check.
In this role, you will:
- 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.
Additional Core Duties:
- Assist in the production of questionnaires.
- Assist with funding proposals and reports, including drafting and keeping track of budget projections and account expenditures.
- Assist with teaching and public appearances by drafting and preparing PowerPoint presentations and other correspondence.
- Organize a large course simulation and manage logistics as the course administrator.
- Manage a very busy calendar; arrange domestic and international travel, and complete reimbursements and payments.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
- 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.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
- Familiarity with nuclear policy or ethics in war issues desired.
- Experience with survey experiments and work using Stata, R, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or Qualtrics is a plus.
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Note: 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.
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.
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- Schedule: Full-time
- Job Code: 4189
- Employee Status: Regular
- Grade: E
- Requisition ID: 87857