Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy - NRR

Position ID:Duke-SSPP-NRR-POSTDOC1 [#16224]
Position Title: Post Doctorate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Public Policy / Public Policy
Appl Deadline:2020/06/25 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/04/03, finished 2020/12/26, listed until 2020/06/25)
Position Description:    

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Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham, NC
Post-doctorate: Behavioral economic strategies and early childhood interventions 

Full-time, 12 month appointment with option to extend 

Position Summary: 
Dr. Lisa Gennetian, of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, seeks a full-time post-doctoral candidate to support a portfolio of work on with the application of behavioral economic strategies with early childhood interventions. The position will offer a variety of opportunities from design and development, analyses of data, and launching of pilot interventions to inform full randomized control based tests of BE informed strategies. The post-doctorate will be integral to developing partnerships across Duke University scholars, and within Durham and statewide in North Carolina who are presently implementing early childhood programs or collaborating with existing stakeholders in the field of early childhood. The post-doctorate will also offer opportunities to co-partner with Family Connects, an universal scaled community wide nurse home visiting program. The Family Connects co-partnership will offer opportunities to access and analyze existing data to examine domains of parenting and parent engagement through a BE lens and development of BE enhancements and pilots with the intent to strengthen engagement of families within the Family Connects existing outreach and services. Dr. Gennetian is looking for an advanced and creative post-doctoral student who is eager to translate the tools of behavioral economic insights to on-the-ground program practice in the field of early childhood. The individual will serve the role as project director, collaboratively manage and actively engage in development and design of pilot interventions, direct various secondary analyses and assist in building local and state partnerships. Expertise in behavioral economics preferred; early childhood; social or applied psychology, cognitive decision-making sciences with some grounding in social sciences and empirical analysis. 

  • Project director 
  • Coordination and management among academic scholars and practitioners 
  • Field work
  • Intervention design and monitoring of pilot tests 
  • Analysis and write up of findings 
  • Management of related social media 

  • Completion of advanced classes in behavioral economic or related theory in social or psychological sciences
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills; high level of attention to detail 
  • Advanced knowledge of statistics as applied in social science settings 
  • Experience in early intervention field work, and/or launching experimental studies is a plus 
One year commitment with possible option to continue depending on availability of funding

To apply, please send the following to Dr. Lisa Gennetian at lisa.gennetian@duke.edu by June 30th. An email that includes a brief paragraph describing why you are interested in this position, and contact information for at least two references.  

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Further Info:
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University
Box 90239
Durham, NC 27708

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