Social Science Research Coordinator

California, United States
01 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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

Social Science Research Coordinator:

The Stanford Psychology Department has an opening for a full time Social Science Research Coordinator (SSRC) at Stanford SPARQ. The SSRC’s responsibilities will include hiring, training, and mentoring undergraduate research assistants; organizing lab meetings and events; designing and running studies, including participant recruitment and compensation; managing data storage and cleaning, organizing and preparing data for statistical analysis; preparing research presentations, reports, and papers; reviewing and editing manuscripts; designing resources and workflows to support lab projects; managing SPARQ’s websites and social media accounts; being the primary point of contact for lab-related questions; and managing SPARQ’s office space, including ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies.

Stanford SPARQ is a “do tank” that partners with industry leaders and changemakers to reduce societal disparities and bridge social divides using insights from behavioral science. We work in the areas of criminal justice, economic mobility, education, and health. Sample SPARQ projects include: partnering with law enforcement agencies to improve police-community relations; developing strategies to build trust across students’ differences and divides on college campuses; collaborating with financial investors to reduce racial bias and increase diversity in their industry; evaluating the impact of cultural immersion experiences; and developing evidence-based tools to improve racial literacy in classrooms and workplaces. Read more about SPARQ and our team at:

We are seeking a Research Coordinator to collaborate with SPARQ staff, faculty, and practitioner partners to support social psychological research that both creates new knowledge and solves social problems. We are seeking candidates who love to be out in the world just as much as in the lab, are ready to roll up their sleeves to tackle complex social issues, and who thrive working as part of a collaborative team.

Note: 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.

Core Duties:

  • Prepare correspondence, documents, and reports.
  • 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.
  • Prepare, distribute, administer and process questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. Perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy.
  • Type, edit and organize data. Prepare data for input into statistical databases.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Core Duties:

  • Maintain website and social media accounts.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

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

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.

Certificates and Licenses Required


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 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 the job.

Working Conditions:

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

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, 

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

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

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4185
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: D
  • Requisition ID: 86683