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Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer Quarter, 2021)


The Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab is a research center that combines cutting-edge academic research and real-world practice to create research-based strategies and innovative programming to increase the number of women leaders in technology, education, government, and a variety of other industries. Our mission is to transform the landscape of leadership by moving women into leadership roles where they can bring new perspectives on how to address the world’s challenges. We strive for our research to be both inclusive and intersectional. In our work, we consider not only gender, but other salient social identities like race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and nationality. We emphasize that pathways to leadership cannot be understood in the absence of an intersectional lens on the world’s power structures.

The Lab team is currently seeking a Part-Time Undergraduate Research Assistants (URA) to work on a data documentation project which is crucial for our work at the Lab.

Our lab operates on collaboration and team-based research alongside research scholars, program managers, students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty at other institutions. For research collaborations to be successful over the long-term, data documentation is critical. Furthermore, processes and policies on data use, sharing, and storage need to be clear and well implemented. In this project, the goal is to develop a dictionary of past data, and create norms and processes for documenting data moving forward and across research projects. The main responsibilities include:

  • Investigate best practices in team-based data documentation
  • Contribute to the creation of a data dictionary for the Lab
  • Work with the researchers on creating processes to complete the dictionary
  • Organize the codebook for two Lab projects that will serve as template to future projects
  • Suggest folders and files structure for Lab documents (i.e. organization, naming etcetera)

The URA(s) will be working closely with Lab scholars and doctoral students. Weekly check-in meetings are expected. All work will be done remotely, as per the current stay-at-home orders. 



  • Strong communication, planning, and time management skills
  • Detail oriented and the ability to manage information in an organized manner

Preferred but not required:

  • Familiarity with Excel, R, and/or Stata (to access and manage data)
  • Familiarity with writing about how data or information were collected, organized, and stored
  • Experience with design of information (infographics)


Student Eligibility Requirements

Any Stanford undergraduate student is welcome to apply but must either be enrolled full-time or taking their Flex Term during summer quarter. They may not be on Leave of Absence.

Time Period: Summer Quarter positions begin at the start of the summer term and extend to the first week of September for a period of 10 weeks.

Time Commitment: Up to 10 hours per week or an opportunity equivalent in scope to a 3-unit independent study.

To Apply: To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest (not to exceed one page) and resume (including list of pertinent courses taken) to Gabriela Gall at  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.



Postdoctoral Fellow



Stanford Impact Labs is a new initiative at Stanford University investing in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners—impact labs—to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. To begin in the Fall of 2021, Stanford Impact Labs is now accepting applications to the two-year postdoctoral fellowship program in collaboration with three impact labs.

As part of this inaugural program, the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab is seeking a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join a team-based, collaborative community that value the different skills, expertise, and perspectives necessary to design, conduct, sustain, and disseminate public impact research. 

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. 

Based on their expertise, the postdoctoral fellow will engage with the lab community on a variety of projects such as: implementing and evaluating interventions to increase women’s representation, persistence, and inclusion in male and white dominated learning and work environments; understanding the specific barriers faced by women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the workplace; creating and disseminating new approaches to create and engage change agents to accelerate gender equality. 


Mentorship Structure

The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Prof. Shelley Correll and will collaborate with research scholars, staff, and PhD students affiliated with the lab. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests. 

In addition, a goal of the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to create a diverse community of scholars who are committed to producing research that has a positive impact on society. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one other and with the broader Stanford Impact Labs team and community, and will be invited to participate in select activities (approx. 10% total effort), as guided by each fellow’s particular interests and in coordination with the SIL team and respective lab.


  • Has or expects to have a PhD by September 1st, 2021

  • Has research expertise at the intersection of gender and race in organizations (broadly defined, from K-12 to the workplace). Sub-areas of interest include:

    • Bias and stereotypes at the intersection of gender and race

    • Racialized and gendered organizational processes

    • Social psychological interventions to create equitable organizations 

  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Is committed to advancing solutions to social problems through rigorous research, and communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences.

  • Wishes to grow their collaborative research skills and ability to partner with organizations.  



  • Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021.

  • Those advancing will be notified by March 15, and may be asked to submit additional materials (e.g. 2 letters of recommendation), and/or invited to interview.

  • Final selections will be made by early April.


To apply: To be ensured of full consideration, please upload the following materials in a single PDF document to before March 1:

  • CV: Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages 

  • Letter of interest explaining your motivation to become a postdoc with the VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab through the Stanford Impact Labs fellowship program (500 words max)

  • Short responses to the following three prompts, in 300 words or less for each:

    • Please provide a short description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda.

    • How does your research training and expertise prepare you to make progress towards understanding and identifying practical solutions to social problems? 

    • In what ways have you contributed towards and/or demonstrated a commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through your academic career, and how do you plan to advance these commitments professionally?

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.