Social Science Research Professional (2 Positions)

  • Stanford University
  • Stanford University, Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA
  • 28 Dec, 2022
Full time Faculty - Liberal Arts - Social Work

Job Description

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Mental Health and Population Science, Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation research is seeking a Social Science Research Professional 2.

The HEAL Data2Action Research Adoption Support Center (RASC) is a National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded center that will provide coordination and implementation support for up to 12 grant projects and two other support centers, all aimed at promoting the synthesize and real-world application of existing data to guide and monitor improvements in service delivery to prevent or treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain. The RASC will support the projects in selecting and adopting evidence-based practices for substance use prevention and treatment and pain management; engage stakeholders; conduct rapid-turnaround research; and conduct a formative evaluation of the whole program.  The SSRP2 will assist with these tasks, including managing a technical assistance request system, and engaging in qualitative and quantitative research on implementation of effective pain and opioid use disorder treatment. This position is an excellent opportunity to advance skills in research and scholarship, join a friendly and productive team, and contribute to the greater good of public health.

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.
  • 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 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.

Advanced degree in applicable social science, public health or related field.

  • Desire to take initiative, solve problems, and handle substantial responsibility.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience leading and supporting large teams and demonstrated professionalism interacting with key stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and facilitate meetings with a range of individuals, including senior researchers from other institutions
  • Experience or interest in learning database management and statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS, etc.
  • Substantial experience with standard software packages including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to successfully juggle and prioritize among multiple projects.
  • Background in mental health and/or substance use.
  • Background in dissemination and implementation research.


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.


•    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.
•    Add or subtract physical requirements based on the requirements of your specific job. (remove this statement for posting)

*- 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 his or her job.


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

•    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 bases 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,

Job Type

Academic / Faculty

Department / Faculty


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