Research Coordinator

California, United States
04 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Coordinator: 

The Department of Psychology is looking for a full time Research Coordinator to work on a research project which investigates how early language processing efficiency can support language, cognitive, and literacy outcomes in Spanish- and English-learning children. This position also involves participating in the evaluation of a parenting engagement program involving Spanish-speaking parents and their young children. Primary responsibilities include recruiting research participants; interacting with parents and children in Spanish; running experimental protocols and administering standardized tests with children from 18 months to 8 years of age; conducting face-to-face interviews with parents; coding and analyzing data; maintaining research records; and training undergraduates to help with testing and coding. 
A requirement for this position is that the RC be a native Spanish speaker who is able to interact effectively with Latina mothers and children from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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

**To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter along with the online application**

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.
  • Some background in Statistical methods for analyzing experimental data.
  • Programming skills in R, Python, and JavaScript/HTML/CSS.
  • Experience with open science best practices (e.g., version control and data sharing with Git/Github; study pre-registration on Open Science Framework). 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required for working with human study participants. 
  • Experience with or interest in running eye-tracking experiments, and analyzing eye-tracking data.
  • Ability to get tasks done efficiently and independently, and to show initiative in doing so.
  • Some experience with academic writing. 
  • Organized and detail-oriented.

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. 

- 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: 4185
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: D
Requisition ID: 84521