Research Associate for the Seeds of Change Initiative, VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University

  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, CA, USA
  • Jul 06, 2018
Full time Research

Job Description

The VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University generates foundational research to advance women’s leadership by diagnosing barriers, developing and evaluating interventions to get beyond barriers, and disseminating research-based solutions by bridging the gap between research and practice. The Seeds of Change initiative addresses barriers to advancement that take root early in the life course and manifest in critical life transitions such as starting college and entering the work force. In this educational and research initiative, we provide innovate training and support to young women in STEM as they transition through high school and college to successful technology careers. The Research Associate is part of a dynamic and multidisciplinary team focused on conducting basic and applied research to accelerate change and acting as a hub for change across industry, academic, and beyond.


The Research Associate will be responsible for designing and implementing a mixed-methods longitudinal program evaluation for the Seeds of Change initiative. As part of this evaluation, the Research Associate will: design and conduct surveys, interviews, and focus groups; put forth rigorous and innovative evaluation practices; prepare survey data for analysis by cleaning and coding datasets; conduct both descriptive and multivariate data analysis using statistical software (Stata or R); manage the organization, coding, and analysis of qualitative data using collaborative software (Dedoose); collaborate with other members of the team on drafting formative and summative evaluation reports, manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and translation pieces for a public audience; and contribute to proposal writing and donor reports as needed. The Research Associate also will work the team to apply the findings of the research towards the improvement of the Seeds of Change program and curriculum. They will represent the Seeds of Change initiative and the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab by communicating research findings to practitioner and research audiences both internal and external to Stanford.


Our approach is team-based and multidisciplinary. We expect the Research Associate to be an excellent collaborator with an ability to work across disciplinary boundaries, contribute to team efforts and own team outcomes, actively mentor colleagues, postdoctoral fellows, and students and help create a thriving lab culture.




  • Design, implement, and manage a mixed-methods, longitudinal program evaluation for the Seeds of Change initiative.
  • Own and execute deadline-driven evaluation timeline.
  • Clean and code survey data and conduct analyses using statistical software (Stata or R). Manage the organization, coding, and analysis of qualitative data using collaborative software (Dedoose). Analyze cross-sectional and longitudinal data on a range of topics related to women’s advancement, leadership and STEM. Analyses and interpretation will focus on: program evaluation; diagnosing barriers at critical life transitions; and identifying effective interventions that empower individual change agents to realize both their personal goals and institutional change around gender equality.
  • Collaborate with Seeds of Change team and other staff Lab to identify gaps in evidence and opportunities for research using Seeds of Change data, other Lab data, or publicly available outside data, as well as draft sections of formative and summative evaluation reports, translation articles for the public, and manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Contribute to proposal writing and donor reports as needed.
  • Work with team to leverage findings from program evaluation to improve Seeds of Change program and curriculum.
  • Manage Seeds of Change Internal Review Board (IRB) protocol, including making modifications as needed.
  • Provide overall coordination of Seeds of Change research team; manage and document all research processes related to the initiative.
  • Support efforts to translate and communicate findings to broader audiences, including representing Seeds of Change and the Lab both internally and externally as needed.
  • Contribute to Lab culture and community; participate in activities to support the broader mission of the Lab under the guidance of the Lab’s senior staff.

Develop content expertise by participating in educational opportunities, reading academic and popular publications, and participating in professional organizations.


Compensation will be competitive and based on experience and university salary scales


  • Ph.D. in program evaluation, education, sociology, STEM education or other social science disciplines preferred, with specific expertise in program evaluation required.
  • Knowledge and applied experience of quantitative research methodologies and background in statistical analysis, ideally including longitudinal and hierarchical modeling.
  • Proficiency in software for quantitative analysis such as STATA or R; experience with computer programming and writing analysis code (R scripts or Do files) for large and multiple datasets.
  • Understanding of and experience with study design and the development of research protocols, including the use of different sampling procedures, survey design, and qualitative interview guides.
  • Understanding of and experience conducting research related to gender inequality, especially in the areas of leadership, STEM, education, and/or the workplace. Demonstrated ability to collect and synthesize relevant research literature.
  • Ability to own a research project from end to end with accountability. Attention to detail in data analysis and documentation.
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written). Excellent writing and editing aptitude. Ability to draft and contribute to manuscripts for peer-review in scientific journals with sharp attention to detail, appearance and accuracy while utilizing good editorial judgment. Experience translating research findings for a public audience.
  • Knowledge of and experience with research ethics and the development and submission of protocols to Institutional Review Boards.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills.
  • Excellent diplomatic, problem solving, management and interpersonal skills. Ability to efficiently work both independently and collaboratively with high attention to detail and follow-through; ability to prioritize and make decisions in a timely manner under competing priorities and multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and reference management software such as EndNote required.
  • Openness to a variety of projects, comfortable working in a dynamic environment, and flexible.
  • Strong interest in participating in the Lab’s mission of advancing women’s leadership and creating inclusive organizations.

Candidates should consider applying even if their credentials do not match every desired qualification.