Research Coordinator

California, United States
13 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A large lab in the Department of Psychology is looked for a full time Research Coordinator (RC). The RC will provide support for cognitive neuroscience and neuroinformatics research. The lab uses cutting edge methods of behavioral and brain research to study response inhibition, cognitive control, self-regulation, decision making, and behavior change.

Primary responsibilities include: assist grad students and postdocs with coordinating development of computer software to address a wide range of research problems, maintaining and organizing the laboratory database of research participants, running behavioral and fMRI experiments, assisting with behavioral and neuroimaging data analysis, developing new experimental materials including computerized tasks and stimulus sets, maintaining detailed and organized research records, submitting and renewing materials to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and training undergraduates and other new researchers in lab procedures. This person should have experience in the research domains of decision making and cognitive control.

This is a one year fixed term position with possibility of renewal based on performance and funding availability.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Other core duties:

  • Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.

* - 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.

A Four year college degree is preferred.

Desired Education:

A four year degree in Psychology or related fields.

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.


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‚Äôs 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: 88159