Social Science Research Professional 2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

ID: 7058559
Posted: July 16, 2019

Job Description

The Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 2 to perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies requiring continuous exercising of independent initiative and judgment. Provide guidance to less experienced colleagues.

Dr. Halpern-Felsher recently received a number of new grants and contracts and has expanded her research and intervention work greatly. Her tobacco prevention toolkit, an online prevention curriculum, has reached over 450,000 students this year. She has received additional funding to expand this toolkit and disseminate it in all states throughout the US. As such, she needs someone with the unique skills of curriculum development, training and dissemination to direct these new endeavors. The incumbent will not only direct and lead this new aspect of the lab, but will oversee other research assistant/coordinators in the lab to assist her.

Duties include:

• Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
• Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing general guidance and suggestions.
• Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
• Solve problems, and make decisions that affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
• Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
• Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
• Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
• Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

*- Other duties may also be assigned


Master’s degree in a social science related field, experience working with and studying schools and communities, experience working on tobacco- and substance-use prevention, experience working with youth, experience analyzing and writing papers.


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


• Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
• General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
• Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
• Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work with human study participants.
• Developing supervisory skills.


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