The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) is seeking a motivated Social Science Research Professional 1 to perform work to support an ongoing large NIH-funded randomized behavioral weight-management trial. This trial tests the efficacy of innovative behavioral strategies designed to enhance people's day-to-day satisfaction with changes in their lifestyle behaviors and increase their success with long-term weight management. Study participants include adult women and men from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds who have elevated blood pressure and live in local communities. The staff member is expected to work closely and effectively with study participants and all members of Dr. Michaela Kiernan's research team, and provide guidance to less experienced colleagues. The staff member will be required to comply with standardized study protocols, health and safety policies and procedures including those specifically related to the worksite such as computer usage policies.
Specific core duties for this staff member include:
Create new innovative intervention activities including health coach instructions and participant handouts. Pilot test intervention activities, conduct telephone interviews, and further refine intervention activities for roll out.
Code rich qualitative data from participant questionnaire assessments from the intervention trial and summarize initial coding results in table and written reports.
Build and organize the integration of study data for 346 randomized participants across different formats across cohorts for major data collection time points (0, 2, 6, 12, 24, 36 months) for a large 3-year behavioral weight-management intervention trial.
Construct SAS programs for behavioral devices over time. Requires thoughtful and accurate consideration of both behavioral and mechanical data patterns.
Conduct psychometric analyses on established and novel scales and summarize in numerical tables and written reports.
Design and refine key in-time summary reports to inform iterative improvements and adjustments in essential intervention trial phases.
Design and develop online dissemination materials intended to be easily accessed online via a study website by the general population as well as health educators. Pilot test dissemination materials, conduct telephone interviews, and further refine dissemination materials for roll out.
Plan and perform research tasks of limited complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.
Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources.
Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by the supervisor. Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or faculty; use common statistical programs, requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
Assist with development and design of outreach materials and tools for recruitment, educational, or awareness programs with guidance from supervisor.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Four-year college degree majoring in health sciences, social sciences or related field (ie. Public Health, Psychology) and one year of applicable research experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (DESIRED):
Understanding and experience in the conduct of behavioral research studies including randomized intervention trials.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately and efficiently.
Demonstrated experience using REDCap (database management software), SAS (statistical analysis software), and common computer programs (MS Office, MS Excel).
Willingness and enthusiasm to learn new software and programming skills.
Ability to prioritize workload with general guidance.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED):
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
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.
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weight up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and soft/file paperwork or parts.
*- 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 exposed to blood borne pathogens.
May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.
WORK STANDARDS (from JDL)
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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Location: School of Medicine Schedule: Part-time Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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