Research Coordinator – Education Neuro Initiative

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Who We Are

The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 14,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.


The GSE seeks a full-time Social Science Research Professional 1 to join the Educational Neuroscience Initiative which brings together elementary school education and neuroscience research on how the brain changes with learning. This position will provide central support in organizing, conducting, and analyzing research led by the Primary Investigator in coordination with his lab of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and in partnership with local schools and faculty from other Stanford departments.


We bring cutting-edge tools in electrophysiology (EEG) and recent insights into brain plasticity and attention-driven changes in brain activity into meaningful interaction with foundational issues in education such as early academic development in reading, mathematics, and executive function.  This includes both local work with partner schools that map out changing brain responses as children learn, as well as national and international collaborations with networks of researchers pursuing similar goals.


What You’ll Do:

This role will provide a range of research support to this new initiative and the Principal Investigator. Primary responsibilities include: directly conduct and coordinate data collection efforts for a child and adult research protocols, develop lab protocols for data sharing, storage, and analyses, develop new experimental materials for children including computerized tasks and stimulus sets, maintain detailed and organized research records, submit and renew materials to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and train other new researchers in lab procedures. This position will report directly to the Principal Investigator leading this important initiative.


Core duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance.
  • Participate in the development and administration of survey instruments, online studies, and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine procedures. Analyze and summarize results for review with supervisor. Audit the accuracy and validity of data
  • Provide coordination support to all lab projects.  Regularly update the project status on the internal webpage and provide documentation for the projects.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries and manuscripts, requiring preliminary judgments after the supervisor outlines conceptual approach.
  • Organize and securely store data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures, and processes).
  • Submit and follow up with Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure modifications and renewals are approved, seeking guidance where necessary.
  • Place orders for new research equipment, maintain current equipment, and coordinate moving and set up of equipment at partner school sites.
  • Assist with development, communication and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, for use in recruitment, educational, or awareness of programs, with guidance from supervisor.
  • Process study compensation payments and thank you letters to subjects upon completion of experimental activities.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs).

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


What You’ll Bring:

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about early childhood learning and a creative problem solver. This job requires working with all levels of our constituents, so it is important that you can demonstrate professional decorum as well as an ability to communicate and build relationships across broad audiences. A good sense of humor is appreciated (where appropriate) and a strong, dedicated work ethic is a must.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Child Development, Biology, or other relevant field and 1-2 years research experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • 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.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using electroencephalography (EEG) tests on human subjects. Experience specifically with children a plus.
  • Experience with statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS, R, Matlab). 
  • Experience with data management software (e.g., REDCap, Qualtrics).
  • Experience with basic audio and video editing software (e.g., Audacity, QuickTime player).
  • Experience conducting psychometric evaluations (e.g. WAIS, Woodcock-Johnson)


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, you must submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

  • This position is a two-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance.
  • Finalist must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.
  • Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more.


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 for 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 obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with any disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity 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 another other characteristic protected by law. 

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