Social Science Research Professional

California, United States
19 Oct 2018
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19 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 2 to serve as the Project Coordinator for the federally funded Stanford University Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO). The NCO coordinates the work of 12 centers that provide training and technical assistance to the mental health workforce to increase the use of evidence-based mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery support services across 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. 
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques on topics related to mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for use in Network publications and communications.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions, which 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. Lead the evaluation of the Network Coordinating Office’s services.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed. Lead the development and design of external outreach communications and materials for awareness programs using methods such as an internal news bulletin, external blog and social media tools.
  • 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.
  • Provide coordination for national research workgroups designing mental health treatment technical assistance and trainings.
  • Develop a communication strategy and tools for communicating with research partners.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Advanced degree in mental health, public health or social services.
  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility.
  • Understanding of mental health prevention and treatment.
  • 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.


Bachelor or Master’s 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.


  • Overnight travel (2-3 days) up to 4 times per year.
  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.