Research Assistant

California, United States
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Graduate School of Education at Stanford University seeks a Research Assistant (75% FTE) for the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) program. Founded in 2014 by Professor Deborah Stipek, DREME is a national network of scholars who engage in collaborative research and development to improve young children’s opportunities to learn math.

The Research Assistant will collect data in the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. Data collection will include observation of district/school meetings, classroom observations, teacher interviews, and one-to-one math assessment interviews with students in preschool through 2nd grade.

Working under supervision, the Research Assistant will also engage in the following tasks: code and analyze qualitative data using the NVivo software; clean and summarize data using the SPSS software; contribute to the creation of tables, charts, power point presentations, and reports designed to communicate findings to internal and external audiences; assist with project coordination, dissemination, and website maintenance; and provide administrative support as needed.

Core Duties*

  • Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
  • Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
  • Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
  • Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
  • Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience

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

Key Criteria for Success in this Role

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in a relevant field, such as psychology, child development, or education.
  • 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a car

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at the preschool and/or elementary level.
  • Knowledge of NVivo and SPSS.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Required)

  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • 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, including young children. 

Physical Requirements *

  • 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.
  • Drive to/from data collection sites located within a 200-mile radius from the Stanford Campus.

* 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.

Working Conditions

  • May occasionally be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
  • The position requires travel to/from data collection sites located within a 200-mile radius from the Stanford Campus.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards

  • 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,

This is a fixed-term position for one year from the hire date (extension possible depending on performance and funding).

This position is fixed-term through August 31, 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.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.