Instructional and Research Associate

California, United States
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Instructional and Research Associate

Understanding Language at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new college-and-career-ready standards such as the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase recognition that learning the language of each academic discipline is essential to learning content. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; articulating and building on ideas; constructing explanations; engaging in argument from evidence—such language-rich performance expectations permeate the new Standards. 

Reporting directly to the Director for Strategy, Impact, and Policy as well as UL’s faculty sponsor, this position will be key in the long-term future of Understanding Language. This staff member will support creation and support of online and hybrid professional development activities. The person will also support on-site research efforts involving students and educators. Finally, the person will also participate in activities that will help disseminate UL’s resources through presentations and publications, via the UL website and external opportunities.


Work under the direction of faculty or other management to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s) utilizing specialized/technical knowledge. Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies requiring a high degree of scientific knowledge.

Duties Include*:

  • Assist principal investigators and other staff with designing work constituting a phase of a research project; conduct research which may involve coordinating a complex combination of protocols.
  • Independently identify/modify standard procedures based on judgment concerning the general goals of a project; select approaches in developing, testing, and evaluating new methods.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business).
  • Co-author all or sections of a report for publication or professional presentation with the work being reviewed by the principal investigator or staff.
  • Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
  • Collaborate with the principal investigator and staff to design a research approach of a project and/or integrate results of the entire project.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • May formally supervise and train new staff or students, participate in hiring, provide feedback in performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Graduate degree in an applicable social science related field and five years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  •  Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
  • 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.
  • Supervisory skills.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • The candidate must be able to work remotely in the Bay Area.
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
  • May travel locally or nationally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

This position is fixed-term through 9/30/2019, and may be renewable based on performance and funding.

Finalist must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more. There’s no visa sponsorship for this position.