Research Professional for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project - 71533
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project publishes The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., the definitive edition of Kings most historically significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, and unpublished manuscripts. The Project seeks a full-time research assistant to support and facilitate the publication of the documentary editions of the King Papers by: (1) conducting research necessary to prepare document annotations, a chronology of Kings activities, and the introductory essay for the manuscript of each volume, including but not limited to biographical, organizational, and microfilm-based research; (2) verification of accuracy of document transcriptions; (3) editing and proofreading the manuscript; (4) sorting incoming documents according to historical significance and priority for cataloguing; (5) acquiring documents for possible publication; (6) obtaining copyright permission agreements to publish documents and photographs in the volumes of Kings papers; (7) assisting in the compilation of the calendar of documents; (8) working with editors to ensure accuracy of web-based materials.
The position also includes working with the other research assistants to recruit, train, and coordinate student researchers; to help plan and implement the summer internship program; to assist in verification of data entry in the web-accessible database of King-authored and other historically relevant documents; process audio/visual materials for Projects web-accessible database, including digitizing of audio/visual and print material for web access; to participate in planning Project events such as the annual King Holiday commemoration; and to carry out public relations tasks, including responding to outside research requests.
This is a two-year fixed term position.
- 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.
- Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, seeking guidance where necessary, and auditing the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor (principal investigator or faculty).
- Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers.
- Administer questionnaires and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine scoring procedures.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
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:
- 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.
Certifications and Licenses:
Two year commitment and strong educational background in recent African American history, especially the civil rights movement, is preferred
- 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.
* - 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.
- 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 based 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.
Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.
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.
Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
Job Code: 4186