Help us empower learners to realize their potential.

The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) envisions a world in which all learners—especially those who face greater barriers to academic success—engage fully and fearlessly in challenging endeavors that help them achieve their goals. To realize that vision, PERTS works with numerous researchers and educational organizations to develop, test, and disseminate scalable practices that increase learners’ resilience and success.

Our passionate tight-knit team includes psychological researchers, data scientists, designers, educators, and software developers. Our work has been funded by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Joyce Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, and multiple universities that benefit directly from our work.

Open Positions

Research Coordinator

Full time | San Francisco, CA

The Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center in the Psychology Department at Stanford University. We’re a small research group with a start-up mentality and large ambitions for increasing the academic success of students. We study the non-cognitive factors that affect student achievement and partner with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. Our mission is to improve the equity of learning outcomes by bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and implementation practices. We believe that properly scaling educational research can empower schools to reduce inequity and create better educational experiences.

We’re looking for a highly motivated Research Coordinator who enjoys working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment. This is a full time, 12-month temporary position, with the possibility of continued renewal depending on the needs of the organization. Our office is located in San Francisco, with the option of working from home partially.

The Research Coordinator duties will vary depending on the needs of the PERTS team, but major duties will include supporting our head of program implementation team, drafting content and updating our materials, assisting with recruitment and program implementation for our large scale studies, responding to questions/issues that arise at school sites, assisting in the data collection/management.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assist with the user testing, screening, processing, obtaining consent of program participants.
  • Prepare, distribute, administer and process questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. Perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy.
  • Assist with the development of promotional, recruiting, and program implementation materials for our interventions.
  • Help with research related tasks as needed, such as writing up reference sections, proofreading, setting up surveys, etc.

Required Qualifications

  • Two-year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs (including Google Drive, MS Office Suite, Dropbox,, Git and Github).
  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Effective problem solving skills.
  • Willingness and ability to learn quickly and take on a variety of projects with minimal supervision.

Desired Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree, ideally with a major or minor in Psychology, Education, Communications, English, or related experience.
  • Familiarity with and/or a willingness to become proficient with survey software such as Qualtrics.
  • Interest in psychological and/or educational research.
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What about perks?


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The Usual

Healthcare, 401k matching, and all the perks you’d expect from Stanford. But sorry, no ping pong table (yet).


A busy office isn’t always the best place to get the job done. Work-from-home is a big part of the PERTS culture.