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The Program on Democracy and the Internet creates and shares original empirical research around how digital technologies are impacting democracy to inform and educate decision-makers in the field, including the next generation of technologists, business leaders, and policymakers.Nathaniel Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in the departments of Political Science, Communication, and FSI. He is the co-director of the Program on Democracy and the Internet and the Cyber Policy Center. He is seeking a research assistant with excellent analytical and organizational skills and outstanding academic credentials to support research, teaching, and administrative activities at the Program on Democracy and the Internet.
The position involves overseeing multiple research initiatives at the intersection of ethics, democracy, and policy technology involving Professor Persily (and other collaborators) including (1) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants (2) drafting reports, conducting literature reviews, and leading the preparation of research memos (3) organizing and convening research workshops/symposia with other faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, (4) leading and organizing public events at which research is discussed and presented, (5) supporting work at the Program on Democracy and the Internet, which is partly located at the Cyber Policy Center. The Research Assistant will also support Professor Persily's current and future teaching and lecture activities, including serving as course manager for university-wide courses on cyber policy, online trust and safety; the "hack lab"; ethics, public policy, and technology; and the law of democracy. Additionally, the Research Assistant will assist with a range of administrative needs, including (1) manage a variety of outreach and communication activities to promote research initiatives, including a conference on blockchain policy, regulation of the metaverse, and redistricting; (2) drafting grant proposals for funding; and (3) leading communications and outreach to external audiences on behalf of the Program on Democracy and the Internet.
This is a one year fixed term, with possibility of renewal, up to two years.
Your responsibilities include*:
Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance. General instruction provided by the supervisor as needed. May interpret study results in collaboration with supervisor or PI.
Participate in the development and administration of survey instruments and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine procedures. Analyze and summarize results for review with supervisor. Audit the accuracy and validity of data
Review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents, and ensure compliance with research protocols.
Identify, select, extract and summarize data and structured information. Present summary of findings to supervisor.
Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries and manuscripts, requiring preliminary judgments after the supervisor outlines conceptual approach.
Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures and processes). May follow up with Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure renewals are approved and completed, seeking guidance where necessary.
Assist with development, communication and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, for use in recruitment, educational, or awareness of programs, with guidance from supervisor.
May orient and train new staff or students.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
To be successful in this position you will bring:
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.
General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.
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.
* 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.
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