Stanford University, Polarization and Social Change Lab

Program ID:Stanford University-Polarization and Social Change Lab-RESEARCHCOORDINATOR [#26769]
Program Title: Social Science Research Coordinator
Program Type:Student programs
Program Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Political Psychology
Political Science
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2023/11/29)
Program Description:    

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The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

Department/Program Description: The Polarization and Social Change Laboratory at Stanford University brings researchers from social psychology, sociology, political science, and organizational behavior together in a fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment to study the leading social problems of our time and to develop and test strategic approaches for affecting social change. We are looking for a hard-working and highly motivated full-time Research Coordinator to join us beginning in Spring or Summer of 2024.

Position Summary: The Research Coordinator will provide direct research support to the lab’s Faculty Director, Robb Willer; the Associate Director, Izzy Gainsburg; and the Research Director, Chrystal Redekopp. The Research Coordinator will also serve as the primary liaison between faculty, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, and research assistants associated with the Polarization and Social Change Lab.

Research activities will consist of maintaining and expanding the lab’s large online participant pool, recruiting, and managing undergraduate research assistants, managing teams of researchers, drafting IRB protocols for lab research projects, managing and analyzing study datasets, developing, revising and programming research studies, and working with external survey vendors. Opportunities will also be available to develop individual research questions, studies, and publications.

In addition to research support, this position will provide administrative support for the lab. This may include maintaining the lab’s websites, distributing press releases, organizing meetings with affiliated faculty, staff, and researchers from various centers and institutes across campus, organizing events and small conferences, booking travel, and other duties as needed.

The Polarization and Social Change Laboratory is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

The position is a 100%, one-year, fixed term non-exempt appointment with the possibility of renewal for additional years. This is a perfect position for those interested in graduate school in social psychology, sociology, psychology, political science, organizational behavior, and other fields. Please include your resume and a cover letter when submitting your application. Resumes should include your undergraduate institution, GPA, and 2-3 references.

This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational need. If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills, and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.


· Develop and implement study design using Qualtrics.

· Assist with development and revision of stimuli, measures, and other elements of study design.

· Field studies using online survey panels, such as Amazon Mechanical Turk.

· Process study compensation payments and thank you letters to subjects upon completion of study activities.

· Create and manage IRB protocols.

· Conduct statistical analysis and create data visualizations using programs like SPSS, STATA, and/or R.

· Hire and manage undergraduate research assistants

· Coordinate research teams consisting of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and research assistants.

· Maintain and expand the lab’s online participant pool.

· Organize lab meetings and other lab events.

· Establish and maintain strong working relationships with various external partners including faculty in various departments and universities, practitioners, and survey panel vendors.

· Assist with clerical duties including purchasing and organizing lab supplies and filing reimbursements for lab expenses.

* Other duties may also be assigned.


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


· 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

The expected pay range for this position is $22.60 to $33.13 per hour.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications 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.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form.

Stanford is an equal 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 any other characteristic protected by law.

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