Research Coordinator

California, United States
10 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Polarization and Social Change Laboratory at Stanford University brings researchers from social psychology, sociology, political science, and organizational behavior together in a fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment to study the leading social problems of our time and strategic approaches for affecting social change. We are looking for a hard-working and highly motivated full-time Research Coordinator to join us beginning in Summer or Fall 2019.

The position is a one-year, fixed term appointment with the possibility of renewal for additional years. This is a perfect position for those interested in graduate school in social psychology, psychology, political science, organizational behavior, and related fields.

The Research Coordinator will provide direct research support to the lab’s Director , Robb Willer, and the Associate Director. The Research Coordinator will also serve as the primary liaison between faculty, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, and research assistants associated with the Polarization and Social Change Lab.

Research activities may consist of maintaining and expanding the lab’s large online participant pool, recruiting and managing undergraduate research assistants, managing teams of researchers, drafting IRB protocols for faculty research projects, managing and analyzing study datasets, developing and revising computer programs, programming surveys, and working with external survey vendors.

In addition to research support, this position will provide administrative support for the lab. This may include maintaining the Lab website, distributing press releases, clerical assistance for affiliated faculty, maintenance and scheduling of laboratory space, organizing meetings with affiliated faculty and staff from various centers and institutes across campus, organizing events and small conferences, booking travel,  and other duties as needed.

The Polarization and Social Change Laboratory is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.


  • Prepare correspondence, documents and reports.
  • Maintain and file forms and documents, including consent forms and master subject logs.
  • Assist with the screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants. Perform telephone or in-person interviews to gather data, as needed. Schedule and/or call subjects for appointments.
  • Prepare, distribute, administer and process questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. Perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy.
  • Prepare data for input into statistical databases by typing, editing, and organizing data.
  • Apply formulas and calculations to research data using basic statistical programs. Review and verify accuracy of database information and assist in making necessary corrections according to specific guidelines.
  • Order and maintain equipment and supplies.
  • Process study compensation payments and thank you letters to subjects upon completion of trial activities. 
  • Assist with post-study activities, as needed.
  • * - Other duties may also be assigned.

    Education & Experience:

    Two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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
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  • How to Apply

    We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe interest in social science research.

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.