THIS IS A 1 YEAR, FIXED-TERM POSITION AND MAY BE EXTENDED BASED ON PROGRAMMATIC NEED AND FUNDING AVAILABILITY .
Social Science Research Assistant
Adjunct Professor Philip Taubman at the at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is looking for a research assistant with exceptionally strong research, analytic, and writings skills to help complete a biography of George P. Shultz and begin work on a book about Robert McNamara. The research assistant will work directly with Mr. Taubman on a daily basis to conduct research, draft reports, and assist with a range of research and administrative needs. Candidates should have a familiarity with 20th century American and world diplomatic and economic history, in particular the history of the Kennedy, Johnson Nixon and Reagan administrations, and knowledge of international affairs, specifically Cold War history, including US-Soviet relations and the Vietnam War.
Mr. Shultz served as secretary of state during the Reagan administration and as labor secretary, director of the Office of Management and Budget and treasury secretary during the Nixon administration. This will be the first comprehensive biography of Mr. Shultz. It is being done with Mr. Shultz's full cooperation and exclusive access to his personal papers, which are housed at Stanford, but the author will retain full editorial control.
Robert McNamara served as secretary of defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administration and played a pivotal role in the prosecution of the Vietnam War. He later served as president of the World Bank.
Perform work to support research or develop public programs and policies, applying basic knowledge and understanding of social science theory.
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.
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.
Help orient and train new staff or students as needed.
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
ADDITIONAL CORE DUTIES:
Review archival materials at the National Archives, The John F. Kennedy Library, the Lyndon Johnson Library, the Richard Nixon Library, the Ronald Reagan Library, the Hoover Institution and other collections. Includes preparing and tracking requests to seek the declassification of government documents and records.
Organize and maintain large data sets which will serve as the basis for endnotes and fact-checking during the editing phase of the projects.
Preparing research reports.
Conduct interviews of individuals, with faculty and individually.
Assist in managing a very busy calendar, arranging complex domestic and international travel, preparing expense reports for various research expenses and drafting and sending correspondence.
Internal Number: 290671
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