Research Assistant

Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Location
    Stanford, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 20

Position description

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Research Assistant.  

About Stanford University's Hoover Institution:  The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. 

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges. 

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.

Perform work to support research of Senior Fellow/Professor of Economics applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific and economic theory. 

The Research Assistant will perform detailed and thorough research on matters relating to domestic and international labor market and macroeconomic conditions and trends; locate and utilize a variety of qualitative and quantitative sources; create large data sets in Excel and STATA and perform manipulations on said data sets; perform detailed literature reviews for usage in future academic papers; and create effective mechanisms for communicating and sharing research findings. 


  • 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.
  • Organize and submit both internal and external reimbursement requests; organize travel arrangements, on request.

*Other duties may also be assigned.


Education & Experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Finance, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science. Relevant experience may include past work at a think tank, research institute, or financial firm. Working knowledge of data sources, in addition to strong math skills (e.g., advanced calculus, analysis, and mathematical statistics) strongly preferred. 

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:

  • None


  • Previous research, editing, and writing experience.
  • Ability to work independently under general guidance and to problem-solve.
  • Excellent statistical and analytical skills.
  • Ability to apply good judgment and initiative in devising, modifying and applying procedures.
  • Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. 
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, STATA, and in Internet search techniques.


  • 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 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 as well as 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,

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