Research Coordinator

California, United States
28 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Classification Title: Social Science Research Professional 1
JCC: 4185
Grade: D
One year fixed term

Social Science Research Coordinator: 

The Department of Psychology’s Human Systems Neuroscience Lab is seeking a 100%-time Social Science Research Coordinator (RC) position. The RC will be an integral member of a team investigating the neural basis of cognition and perception, and will be responsible for assisting with collection and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data from healthy participants as well as subjects undergoing sight restoration procedures such as cataract removal and corneal transplantation. The RC will be tasked with: assisting with collection of behavioral and MRI data, and assisting with analyses of behavioral and MRI data. Competitive applicants for this position will be patient, detail-oriented, professional, punctual, articulate, independent, personable and engaging, with a desire for neuroimaging experience and direct interaction with a diverse group of human subjects. Statistical analysis and programming skills are a plus.

The Stanford Human Systems Neuroscience Lab specializes in the study of human cortical processing that underlies cognition and perceptual decisions. The Research Assistant will join a lab of one principal investigator (PI) and five graduate students. The lab conducts research on the cortical integration of restored sight in conjunction with the Department of Ophthalmology located at the Byers Institute.

Core Duties: 

  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • Maintain the lab homepage and lab wiki.
  • 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. 

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education and Experience Required:

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

  • Bachelor's degree in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, or a related field. 

Minimum 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

Desired knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Basic understanding of research design and analysis (e.g., from Introduction to Psychology)
  • Fundamental statistical knowledge about how to analyze data (e.g., from Introduction to Statistics). 
  • Strong interpersonal skills for working with human study participants. 
  • Ability and motivation to complete tasks efficiently and independently.
  • Experience with academic writing and publication.
  • Organization and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with statistics and computers, including the Linux operating system and programming/scripting (e.g., in shell script, Python, R, or Matlab). 
  • Experience with acquiring and analyzing neuroimaging data.
  • Skill in recruitment and testing of clinical patients.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred: 

  • Strong attention to detail, quick learner, able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, and organizational and interpersonal skills are essential. 
  • Familiarity with statistics and computers, including the Linux operating system and programming/scripting highly desired. 
  • Prior fMRI experience and familiarity with AFNI strongly preferred. 

Certificates and Licenses Required:

  • None

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, and operate foot and/or hand controls. 

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,

* - 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.

Working Condition: 

  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work. 
  • 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: 4185
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: D