Social Science Research Professional 2

California, United States
01 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Evaluation Sciences Unit in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health at Stanford University is seeking a research professional with qualitative research skills to join our collaborative and dynamic team. We seek a professional with independent skills in executing qualitative and mixed-methods research studies, and a strong track record of project management and on-time, on-budget project execution.  The role requires an understanding and experience in qualitative methods, a high degree of organization, continuous exercise of independent initiative and judgment, strong ethic of collaboration, and exceptional, client-focused interpersonal skills.  This position will play an important role in designing, conducting, and analyzing mixed methods evaluations of innovative healthcare delivery models both inside and outside Stanford University.

Under the direction of the qualitative project lead, this role will assist in the mixed methods evaluation of the Stupski Foundation’s Serious Illness Program which aims to improve palliative and end of life care. The evaluation will involve regular visits to hospitals in San Francisco and Alameda counties to conduct interviews and observations with providers and administrators; applicants with a driver’s license and transportation are preferable. The role will be responsible for overall project management including both qualitative and quantitative components; collecting, managing and analyzing qualitative data; and assist in report writing. This position will involve conducting interviews with seriously ill patients and/or their family caregivers; applicants should be aware of the sensitivity involved in this work.

This is an ideal position for a qualitative researcher with a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as health services research, sociology, psychology, public health or anthropology who has a passion for improving health care systems in 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.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • 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.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of social science such as health services research, public health, or sociology/psychology/anthropology.  
  • Two to three years’ experience in performing qualitative research; both data collection and analysis
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated experience bringing projects to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-review literature
  • Experience with NVivo software.
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills with broad stakeholder groups


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


  • 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,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4187
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: G