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Job Family: Research

Job Series: Social Science Research Professional

Job Code: 4186

Grade: E
 
 

THIS IS A FIXED-TERM POSITION. THE TERM CONCLUDES AUGUST 31, 2020, AND MAY BE EXTENDED BASED ON PROGRAMMATIC NEED AND FUNDING AVAILABILITY.

 

FOR CONSIDERATION, PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER. ALL FINAL CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK.

 

Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is one of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary, university-based research and training centers addressing critical international security issues. The Center draws on scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs, and applying this expertise to policy-relevant solutions.

 

Professor Scott Sagan is seeking a tenacious research assistant with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, first-rate analytical capabilities and outstanding academic credentials to conduct social science research, draft reports, support teaching and lecture activities, and assist with a range of administrative needs. The candidate will research and write about international security issues including nuclear weapons policy, public opinion on the use of force, nuclear nonproliferation, and the laws of armed conflict and ethics of war.  Past research assistants in the position have gone on to PhD programs at MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and UCSD as well as Yale and Stanford Law School.

 
 

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
 

JOB PURPOSE:

Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory.

 
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.
  • Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
  • Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
  • 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.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
  • Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
  • Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
  • Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
  • Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

 
ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES:
  • Assist in the production of questionnaires.
  • Assist with funding proposals and reports, including drafting and keeping track of budget projections and account expenditures.
  • Assist with teaching and public appearances by drafting and preparing PowerPoint presentations and other correspondence.
  • Organize a large course simulation and manage logistics as the course administrator.
  • Manage a very busy calendar; arrange domestic and international travel, and complete reimbursements and payments.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Desired:

  • Familiarity with nuclear policy or ethics in war issues desired.
  • Experience with survey experiments and work using Stata, R, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or Qualtrics is a plus.
 
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, 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.

 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. 
APPLICATION PROCEDURES 
    • Background check will be required for all final candidates.
    • For consideration--please submit resume and cover letter.
    • The ideal time to start is June 1, 2019 though later start dates between June 1-July 1 2019 will be considered. 

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.

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