Research and Project Assistant

California, United States
19 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


About Us

The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges.

The Earth System Science Department studies the world’s air, water, land, and life as an integrated system.  As scientists, we unite basic and purpose-driven research to chronicle how the Earth functions, the many ways it is changing, and what the consequences of changes will be for people and other species.  We believe that science can improve the world by enabling us to understand, predict and solve the pressing issues of global environmental change.

The Department is seeking a full-time Research and Project Assistant to work with Professor Aditi Sheshadri whose research group focuses on atmospheric dynamics and climate variability. 

The Research and Project Assistant will be responsible for analyzing existing climate model output and climate observations; configuring, testing, and running climate model experiments; assisting in the preparation of results for presentation and publication. This person will be expected to work closely with the PI, and must be able to execute  directions in a timely manner, in addition they should be able to work independently, and be able to creatively design solutions to modeling and analysis problems. 

If you are looking for a position in research, are highly motivated, up for a challenge and know how to get things done, this position may be the right opportunity for you!

Your Responsibilities will include:  

  • Data Management and Analysis (50%):  Oversee and manage acquisition of climate observations, climate model output, and related datasets that are relevant to climate modeling and analysis.  Such data will include input from a variety of sources, and must be coordinated and handled with accuracy in order to protect the integrity of the information, as well as to ensure reliable and accurate output, to support and inform decisions and future research directions. Will contribute original problem-solving skills to data analysis challenges.
  • Climate Modeling (25%):  Responsible for configuring, testing, and running climate model experiments, in support of the PI’s research program.  This effort will require familiarity with high-performance computing resources, an understanding of the complexity and limitations of the modeling structure and the interactions of the available data and model components, as well as an ability to evaluate the reasonableness of results and adjust the modeling approach as needed to conduct a variety of model simulations.
  • Project Management (25%): Will be responsible for managing a large multi-institution project. Tasks will include scheduling monthly zoom meetings, an annual in-person meeting, keeping project on schedule, managing communication between PIs, and coordinating science communication.

To be successful in this position, you will need*:

  • Bachelors’ degree and two years of experience in related scientific field, or combination of education and relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience applying multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices to perform and assist with experimental design and coordinate laboratory activity. 
  • Demonstrated experience with analysis and interpretation of research data, and ability to recognize irregularities and invalid results.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize data and develop models allowing for integration and display of data.
  • Basic experience with scientific software applications, systems, or programs relevant for the job.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with scientific or research staff and assist with technical procedures. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and to provide information to scientific and research staff.
  • Advanced computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree; Master of Science in Atmospheric Sciences or closely related field;
  • Three years of work experience, post degree, in data analysis preferably related to atmospheric science, climate modeling, and/or analysis of large environmental datasets;
  • Three years of experience managing and analyzing climate data (including both observations and climate model output);

Why Stanford is for you: 

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak. 
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply 

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application. 

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.

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.

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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4970
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: G
  • Requisition ID: 88007

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