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Research Assistant

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is Stanford University’s primary interdisciplinary research and teaching institute on international policy and international affairs. Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at FSI is one of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary, university-based research and training centers addressing critical international security issues. The Center draws on scholars from a range of disciplines, integrating political, regional, and scientific expertise in international affairs, and applying this expertise to policy-relevant solutions.

Rose Gottemoeller, the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Center for Security and Cooperation and former Deputy Secretary-General of NATO is looking for a research assistant who is fluent in Russian, has a background in technology, and exceptionally strong research, analytic, and writings skills. The candidate will do research to help support a book project focused on the New START negotiations from 2009-2010. The candidate will also conduct research on the monitoring and verification of weapons which will be used in the development of a new course.

This is a 100% FTE fixed-term, benefits-eligible position. The term concludes two years from the start date, and may be extended based on program need and funding availability.

For consideration, please provide:

  • 1-page cover letter detailing candidate’s background and explaining why the position is of interest
  • CV
  • Ideal start is August 3, 2020

Background check required for all final candidates.

In this role, you will:

  • 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.

Additional Duties:

  • Assist with teaching by drafting and preparing material and managing guest lecturers.
  • May assist with arranging meetings, travel and reimbursements.


To be successful in this role, 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.


In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Fluent in Russian
  • Knowledge of defense and information technology

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