Academic Technology Specialist for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-06-21

Employer: Stanford University Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR)

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The Stanford University Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR) is seeking an innovative, experienced, team-oriented Academic Technology Specialist for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, to help lead the integration of technology into data-driven research activities in the social sciences at Stanford. Regular tasks will include consulting and collaborating with members of the Stanford community including faculty, students, and other research personnel, administrative and technical staff at business and support units from across the University. The candidate will engage in analyzing, designing, developing, and implementing computational tools and environments for social science research primarily housed in the six social science depts.

The Academic Technology Specialist will be based jointly in IRiSS and the Stanford Libraries, where s/he will be part of a distinguished and widely-recognized team of other academic technologists and software developers with combined decades of expertise in the computational social sciences and digital humanities, whose activities support research and teaching in these fields for the Stanford community. CIDR collaborates both with individual faculty and with centers, departments and institutes engaged in digital scholarship, particularly in the social sciences, digital humanities, and within the related professional schools where similar work occurs. CIDR is also a hub for collaboration and communication among social science and digital humanities scholars, library curators, and professional developers, promoting a sense of shared purpose in support of the Stanford mission of research and teaching.

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of scholarship in the social sciences, and particularly with social science data. S/he will consult and collaborate with faculty and students on research projects to identify technical approaches, processes and tools; evaluate and integrate existing software tools; and design and implement new solutions. That candidate should have both a broad and deep understanding of current state of the art in social science research methods, emerging tools, and increased data security requirements as new methods seek data that include PII/PHI, as well as experience working with data visualization; statistical analysis; high performance computing; secure storage and computation; secure data provisioning and contracting; cloud computing; and other areas.


  • Assist in providing departmental leadership in the use of technology in teaching, learning, community building and/or research. Manage or provide assistance in the direct integration of technology into course curricula, extra-curricular or co-curricular learning, and/or research projects.
  • Lead the development of resources, seminars, courses, or workshops to disseminate information about uses of technology.
  • Actively encourage and support the use of computer-based tools by developing and implementing new tools and resources for instructors or students, assisting them with the tools, disseminating knowledge of these tools throughout the program or university, and creating and supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in research, teaching and/or learning.
  • Assist with coordination academic learning technology policies, procedures and support.
  • Lead projects to develop innovative uses of technology for research, student learning and/or community building. Consult on development of software applications, or work with on- or off-campus resources to develop or adapt software solutions.
  • Consult with and help instructors and/or departments to incorporate technologies into faculty research projects, course design and curricula and/or co-curricula in support of student learning goals.
  • Provide expertise and support in applying instructional design methodologies to the development, implementation, and evaluation of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.
  • Provide outreach and advocacy within and across departments for effective uses of educational technology. Provide departmental and campus leadership for using technology in teaching, learning and/or research.
    • Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree plus four years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Other Relevant Education May Include: An advanced degree in the social sciences or a related area is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in utilizing technology to enhance teaching and research.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to express course material and pedagogic goals through the imaginative application of technology to existing materials and structures.
  • Ability to plan, design, develop and evaluate engaging multimedia learning/training objects.
  • Experience with delivering applications in a networked environment.
  • Excellent teaching, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs.
  • Demonstrated expertise with instructional design methodologies, pedagogical issues, and best practices for classroom, online, and hybrid learning.
  • Excellent time management and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks, and use good judgment in providing services based on goals.
  • Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and facility with Unix.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical training to a non-technical audience.
  • Expert knowledge of learning management systems and various classroom and online learning technologies.
  • Excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build strong working relations with a diverse audience of faculty, staff, and students.

Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Abilities May Include:

  • Excellent leadership skills.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely writing by hand, use a telephone.
    • 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.


  • Extended hours and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


  • 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,

Archived on: 2018-08-24