Social Science Research Professional

California, United States
17 May 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Social Science Research Professional 1: 

A large lab in the Department of Psychology is looking for a full time Research Coordinator. 

The Language Learning Lab (LLL) focuses on language and literacy development in children learning English or Spanish as a first language, as well as bilingual children who are learning English and Spanish at the same time. Our studies require bilingual/bicultural staff who are able to effectively interact with Spanish-speaking parents and children (2-8 years), who are primarily from lower-SES populations. Our studies also involve evaluation of our parenting program designed for Spanish-speaking caregivers, Habla Conmigo Academy. These testing sessions require the use of a Tobii eye-tracker and the LENA all-day-recording technology, each of which require specialized software. The majority of our testing is done at our Community Laboratory in Sunnyvale, CA, 

The RC will play key role in both administrative and research capacities. S/he is responsible for monitoring projects conducted by undergraduate research assistants, managing systems for participant paperwork, and serving as “lead” contact among the staff. The RC is also responsible for managing and updating our participant database, developing new protocols for longitudinal studies, training staff on protocols, learning new statistical techniques, conducting and reporting on statistical analyses, writing up results for presentations and publications, and conducting literature reviews. The candidate will requires excellent oral and written language skills in both English and Spanish, as well as flexibility and resourcefulness in order to handle challenges in an efficient and professional manner. 

This is a one year fixed term position with possibility of renewal upon funding. 


  • 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.
  • 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


Education & Experience:

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

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.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • 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 the job.


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


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

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4189
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: E
  • Requisition ID: 82966