Stanford University, Polarization and Social Change Lab

Position ID:Stanford University-Polarization and Social Change Lab-RESEARCHCOORDINATOR [#20812]
Position Title: Social Science Research Coordinator
Position Type:Student programs
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Psychology / Social Psychology
Political Science
Political Psychology
Appl Deadline:2022/01/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/12/15, finished 2022/05/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

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 2022.

The position is a one-year, fixed term 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.

The Research Coordinator will provide direct research support to the lab’s Faculty Director, Robb Willer, 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.


  • 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.


Education & Experience:

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

Please include your resume and a cover letter when submitting your application. Resumes should include your undergraduate institution, GPA, and 2-3 references.

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Further Info:
450 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305