Duke University, Social Science Research Institute

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Position ID:Duke-SSRI-CAHSBRW0120 [#15848]
Position Title: Senior Behavioral Researcher (World), Center for Advanced Hindsight
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2020/02/03help popup* finished (2020/01/13, finished 2020/02/06, listed until 2020/02/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Senior Behavioral Researcher (World)

Description of Position 

We are looking for a researcher who wants not merely to publish great research, but wants to publish great research that matters. The World Team at the Center for Advanced Hindsight is offering a unique opportunity to the right candidate to (a) analyze data from multiple randomized controlled trials, (b) write up the research for publication, (c) shape the trials that we should do next, and (d) run lab experiments to pretest ideas as well as dig into mechanisms. The World Team’s mission is to improve the physical, financial, and mental wellbeing of people across the world using behavioral science, and you would be a part of that. We attract great partnerships and work with global organizations that can make a difference. We have a broad research program, including acquiring healthy habits in the workplace and helping low-income populations to save for healthcare. We want someone who is statistically savvy and is keen to take the lead in writing top-flight academic journal articles using data we already have, and data that you think we should collect.

Occupational Summary

Research Scholars are experienced researchers at the Center for Advanced Hindsight. They have advanced degrees and/or 6+ years of experience in behavioral science. They operate with little oversight and are responsible for carrying out specific lines of research independently. They also serve as mentors to less experienced research staff.

Work Performed

Manage lead research studies – 70%

·       Conduct literature reviews to identify gaps, generate new hypotheses, and inform existing streams of research

·       Generate hypotheses for field and lab studies and implement hypotheses in study designs

·       Ensure all studies are fielded with fidelity

·       Primary team member responsible for conducting data analysis, drawing conclusions from study results, and determining next steps

·       Primary team member responsible for drafting manuscripts for academic publication and popular press

·       Responsible for project management on projects they are leading

Manage relationships with partners and sponsors – 15%

·       Work with sponsor/partner to determine how to implement agreed-upon studies

·       Identify opportunities for new research with sponsors/partners

·       Ensure partner/sponsor expectations are met

·       Train partners/sponsors on behavioral science content and methods

Mentor research analysts I and II – 15%

·       Provide training and support to junior researchers

·       Teach junior research staff statistics

Required Qualifications at this Level


·       Ph.D. in social science field and/or 6+ years of research experience


·       6+ years of research experience in behavioral or social sciences.

Technical Skills

·       Research: Literature review, hypothesis generation, study design, statistics, academic writing

·       External presentation: Create and deliver compelling talks and write for general audience

·       Mentorship: Ability to train and support junior research staff


·       Curiosity and a passion for inquiry

·       Self-motivated

·       Strong attention to detail

·       Working knowledge of psychology and behavioral economics

·       Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

·       Productive, timely, and responsible, with organizational and prioritization skills

·       Excellent communication (oral and written)

·       Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills

·       Experience working in a research environment, including planning and preparation of research materials, data collection, and data analysis

·       Ability to work well in a team environment and build relationships with individuals at all levels

·       Ability to work in changing environments and shift priorities when needed

·       Ability to adjust rapidly to evolving needs of multiple researchers and projects

·       Strong time management skills, work ethic

·       Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds

·       Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as manage multiple collaborations and research projects at once

·       Ability to recognize their own limitations and ask for help when needed

·       Ability to meet strict deadlines and work in a timely manner, keeping researchers up to date with progress on projects

Other (Preferred)

Loves to work occasional nights and weekends

·       Led some kind of organization in college

·       Experience with project management

·       Passionate about coffee and/or tea

·       Has a hobby

Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

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