Research Data Analyst

California, United States
26 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The King Center on Global Development is a Stanford University research center working to improve the lives of the world’s poor. Operating under the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), the King Center catalyzes Stanford’s distinctive strengths in global poverty and development research to turn path-breaking research into real world results. To this end, the King Center supports research initiatives that unite Stanford faculty working on different areas of international economic development, including big data for development, governance and service delivery in Africa, health policy in China, and global productivity and economic growth. The King Center also sponsors a number of events, including faculty workshops, high-level policy conferences, and visiting scholar programs. The King Center disseminates findings through working papers, policy notes, and online material. 

The Conflict and Polarization Lab is looking to fill one Research Data Analyst position at this time. The position is one-year, fixed term renewable contingent on funding and programmatic needs. 


Manage and analyze large amounts of information, typically technical, quantitative or scientific in nature, under the direction of project researchers, investigators, or managers.

The King Center has launched a new effort – the Conflict and Polarization Lab – to explore how the historical natural experiments and contemporary field experiments can help academics and policymakers craft solutions to reduce violent conflict and polarization. We seek candidates with a strong quantitative and empirical background and training in economics or other related disciplines to contribute to this new initiative. The successful candidate(s) will help with assembling and harmonizing datasets, as well with performing econometric analysis and conducting deep historical research. 


  • Collect, manage and clean datasets.
  • Employ new and existing tools to interpret, analyze, and visualize multivariate relationships in data.
  • Create databases and reports, develop algorithms and statistical models, and perform statistical analyses appropriate to data and reporting requirements.
  • Use system reports and analyses to identify potentially problematic data, make corrections, and determine root cause for data problems from input errors or inadequate field edits, and suggest possible solutions.
  • Develop reports, charts, graphs and tables for use by investigators and for publication and presentation.
  • Analyze data processes in documentation.
  • Collaborate with faculty and research staff on data collection and analysis methods.
  • Provide documentation based on audit and reporting criteria to investigators and research staff.
  • Communicate with government officials, grant agencies and industry representatives.

Additional Duties:

  • Conduct deep literature reviews, and search for and evaluate archival sources on historical phenomena. 

* Other duties may also be assigned 

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.  


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics, finance, statistics or engineering.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Substantial experience with MS Office and analytical programs.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload. 


  • Familiarity with python, R and STATA.
  • Experience building data platforms, writing code and working with large datasets.
  • Ability to work independently as well as comfortably and effectively within an inter-disciplinary research environment including highly organized and creative skills.
  • A bachelor’s degree in mathematics, quantitative economics political science, operations research, or other discipline that provides necessary technical background.
  • Master’s degree preferred.


  • Sitting in place at computer for long periods of time with extensive keyboarding/dexterity.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely writing by hand.

* ­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.


Some work may be performed in a laboratory or field setting.


  • 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, 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.



Job: Research
Location: Dean of Research
Schedule: Full-time
Grade: G
Job Code: 4751

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4751
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 86602