Social Science Research Professional

California, United States
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Grade: E

Stanford University is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 1 to perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory. 

Duties include:

  •  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.
  •  Manage and analyze data.
  •  Write manuscripts for publication.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Graduate degree in science or related field; knowledge of substance use and abuse prevention and related risks; experience with data analyses and manuscript preparation.


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.
  •  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.


  •  Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weight up to 10 pounds.
  •  Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and soft/file paperwork or parts.
  •  Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.
  •  Add or subtract physical requirements based on the requirements of your specific job. (remove this statement for posting)

*- 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.


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