Soc Science Research Coordinator Stanford University Department of Psychology United States

Soc Science Research Coordinator



Job Classification Title: Social Science Research Professional

JCC: 4185

Grade: D

One year fixed term


Social Science Research Coordinator:


The Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time Social Science Research Coordinator to assist the Initiative’s three coordinating professors. The Research Coordinator will work most closely with Spanlab members on NeuroChoice-funded neuroimaging and behavioral investigations of the neural correlates of incentive processing. Although these investigations are broadly designed to produce results relevant to psychopathology and decision-making, current efforts center on addiction research. We therefore seek someone with a strong interest in neuroscience research related to addiction.


The main responsibilities will be: Maintaining existing relationships with addiction treatment facilities, Recruiting and scheduling substance-use disordered and healthy control research participants, Collecting human subject data (including MRI scanner operation, semi-structured clinical interviewing, neurocognitive testing, and other behavioral data collection), Data processing and analysis, Preparing amendments/submissions/compliance reports and reviews for the Stanford IRB, Assisting with journal article and report preparation and submission, Training to undergraduate research assistants, Coordinate the activities of the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy (SNAP), Coordinate meetings of the overall group and sub-teams, Maintain and update group emails lists and websites, and Assist with planning for any special events (e.g. symposia, visiting scholars).


This is a one year fixed term position with possibility of renewal upon funding availability.


** To be considered, please submit your most recent resume and cover letter**


Core Duties:

• Prepare correspondence, documents and reports

• Maintain and file forms and documents, including consent forms and master subject logs.

• 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.

• 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. 

• Maintain the lab homepage and lab wiki.

• 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.

* - Other duties may also be assigned





Education and Experience Required:

Two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

• Bachelor's degree in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, computer science, or a related field.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

• General understanding of scientific theory and methods.

• Some background in Statistical methods for analyzing experimental data.

• Programming skills in R, Python, and JavaScript/HTML/CSS.

• Experience with open science best practices (e.g., version control and data sharing with Git/Github; study pre-registration on Open Science Framework).

• Excellent interpersonal skills required for working with human study participants.

• Experience with or interest in running eye-tracking experiments, and analyzing eye-tracking data.

• Ability to get tasks done efficiently and independently, and to show initiative in doing so.

• Some experience with academic writing.

• Organized and detail-oriented.


Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

• Strong attention to detail, quick learner, able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, and organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.

• Familiarity with statistics and computers, including the Linux operating system and programming/scripting highly desired.

• Prior fMRI experience and familiarity with AFNI strongly preferred.


Certificates and Licenses Required:

• None


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 operate foot and/or hand controls.


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,


* - 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 Condition:

• May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.


Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.


Additional Information


    Schedule: Full-time

    Job Code: 4185

    Employee Status: Fixed-Term

    Grade: D

    Requisition ID: 83064


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