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Posted Job Title
Research Specialist, The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics in the School of Arts and Sciences

Job Profile Title
Research Specialist A

Job Description Summary
The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri, is seeking to hire a highly skilled and motivated individual to work as a full-time research assistant beginning in the summer of 2022. Dr. Bicchieri, the Center's director, is an expert in social norms and conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and psychology. Our group includes behavioral economists, psychologists, political scientists, public health specialists, and demographers. The position is ideal for students with an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics, psychology, and other social and cognitive sciences and seeking to gain greater familiarity and experience with research before applying to graduate schools.

This is a one year term appointment.

Job Description

The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics is a major research center at the University of Pennsylvania, which aims to support positive behaviors on a global scale, across both informal and organizational settings. The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics has undertaken a range of projects with different partner organizations around the world by leveraging our expertise in measuring behavior, analyzing behavioral data, and identifying systematic behavioral drivers.

Our work is driven by our three-pronged mission: To continue developing our social norms framework and provide cutting-edge theory for practical applications, to educate partners and the public about how to use the framework for positive behavioral change, and to work directly with organizations to develop measures and design interventions tailored to the social networks, norms, and behaviors they aim to impact.

The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri, is seeking to hire a highly skilled and motivated individual to work as a full-time research assistant beginning in the summer of 2022. Dr. Bicchieri, the Center's director, is an expert in social norms and conducts research at the intersection of philosophy, economics, and psychology. Our group includes behavioral economists, psychologists, political scientists, public health specialists, and demographers. The position is ideal for students with an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics, psychology, and other social and cognitive sciences and seeking to gain greater familiarity and experience with research before applying to graduate schools.

This is a one year term appointment.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Collecting, cleaning and analyzing data sets
  • Designing and running lab and online experiments
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication, funding proposals, and research protocols
  • Performing literature reviews
  • Collaborating with researchers inside the Center on various projects


Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree and 0 to 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. B.S. or B.A. in social or cognitive sciences with a strong quantitative background preferred (minor or higher in economics preferred, a minor or higher in psychology is desirable)
  • Proficiency in statistical methods and software (knowledge of STATA or similar software is required)
  • Programming experience and ability is desirable (e.g., zTree, Python, R, etc.)
  • Strong modeling capabilities (crucial for economists)
  • Data analysis (econometrics/statistics)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Flexible and independent thinking, self-organization, adaptability, and self-motivation
  • Strong interpersonal skills


Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants should submit a CV/resume and a cover letter that outlines research interests, skills, and experience. Be ready to supply at least 2 letters of recommendation upon request.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$36,368.00 - $50,522.66

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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