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    Research Associate
  • Research Associate

Research Associate

Grade: G
Employee Status: Regular

To apply: see Job Requisition ID 90158 on the Stanford Careers website.

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) addresses critical issues affecting the countries of Asia, their regional and global affairs, and U.S.-Asia relations. As Stanford University’s hub for the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia, the Center produces policy-relevant research, provides education and training to students, scholars, and practitioners, and strengthens dialogue and cooperation between counterparts in the Asia-Pacific and the United States.

The Korea Program at Shorenstein APARC advances the social science-oriented study of policy-relevant challenges facing the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Founded with a mission to be a research hub in contemporary Korea, it produces interdisciplinary research using the methods and insights of both area studies and the social sciences.

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The Research Associate will extensively support the New Asia Research Project of the Shorenstein APARC and the Korea Program and the research/practice partnerships stemming from the Project. The New Asia Research Project is a cluster of multi-year studies focusing on the new societal issues and challenges facing Korea and its neighbor countries. Reporting to the Korea Program Faculty Director, the Research Associate will assist in all aspects of the research process, including establishing directions, setting timelines and priorities, monitoring progress, organizing data, and drafting and co-authoring content for the research projects.

This position also includes supervising research assistants, providing guidance, and managing the overall research project cycle to ensure quality and commitment; helping organizing colloquiums and conferences; providing editorial support to the Director; and carrying out public relations tasks, including responding to media requests and maintaining positive relationships with external partners such as government organizations and research/academic institutions. This position occasionally requires traveling (domestic and international) for field research and/or to attend meetings/conferences.

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

For consideration, please submit a resume and a cover letter. All final candidates must complete a background check.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. All candidates must be eligible to work in the US.

In this role, you will:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high-level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planning and coordinating experimental protocols.
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems and make decisions that affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

Additional duties include:

  • Providing editorial support to the Korea Program.
  • Representing the Director at various public functions, including program alumni meetings abroad and meetings with program donors.
  • Assisting the Director in preparations for meetings, conferences, seminars, media interviews, and lectures.
  • Handling media requests on Korean affairs in the absence of the Program Director.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science-related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.
  • Graduate degree in social science is preferred.
  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Developing supervisory skills.


  • 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 the 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.



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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
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