Research Associate

About Us

The Decision Lab is a Canadian think-tank dedicated to democratizing behavioral science through research and analysis. We apply behavioral science to create social good in the public and private sectors. Since launching in 2013, we’ve become one of the leading publications in this space and have worked with organizations such as The World Bank, the Skoll Foundation and some of the largest financial institutions in Canada.

The Position

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. Our associates are at the front lines of bridging this gap. This means that we look for bright, capable and curious candidates with a strong grasp of behavioral science concepts (whether this is from the point of view of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, etc.) who have a strong thirst for translating these concepts into practice.

Tasks

Research Associates will be responsible for work in the following pillars:

  • Performing desk research, data analysis and stakeholder interviews to understand and document the project context
  • Uncovering and challenging client assumptions, intuitions and prior knowledge
  • Finding and synthesizing relevant research across behavioral science related fields
  • Leveraging established frameworks to better understand the precursors of the targeted behavior
  • Adapting proprietary data gathering instruments to uncover barriers associated with these precursors
  • Conducting randomly controlled trials in both laboratory and field settings
  • Generating hypotheses and validating them through targeted field work
  • Analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative findings to answer core questions
  • Prioritizing findings and distilling key insights by collaborating with managing director to produce reports

 

Qualifications

  • A PhD completed or in progress in any of the following fields: economics, psychology, neuroscience, marketing, decision making
  • Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, framework)
  • Strong interest in empirical behavioral research
  • Good grasp of qualitative and quantitative methods, experimental design and statistics
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis tools (Matlab, SPSS, R, Python, Stata, etc.)
  • Independent thinking and ability to work within rigorous, deadline driven structure
  • Strong verbal and written skills
  • Post-doc and commercial consulting experience an asset

Compensation and Details

  • Commitment: Part-time position, 10-15h/week
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience, starting at $15USD/hour

How to Apply 

Please complete the following form: https://thedecisionlab.typeform.com/to/xJFKtS

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contributor

About Us

The Decision Lab is a Canadian think-tank dedicated to democratizing behavioral science through research and analysis. We apply behavioral science to create social good in the public and private sectors. Since launching in 2013, we’ve become one of the leading publications in this space and have worked with organizations such as The World Bank, the Skoll Foundation and some of the largest financial institutions in Canada

The Position

TDL was created with the vision of bridging the gap between behavioral science research and application. A core part of our mission is to create content which highlights important and often unnoticed research, and provides actionable and applied takeaways. Contributors will be responsible for locating, synthesizing and writing about new cutting edge research in behavioral science, behavioral economics and psychology. In particular, a successful contributor will be heavily focused on the application of this research in the sectors where it can be most impactful.

Requirements

This position calls for an individual with qualitative and quantitative research skills, as well as impressive writing ability. The position is ideal for someone who is looking to demonstrate thought leadership in the field of applied behavioral science and wants to pursue a decision science career. Beyond that, we are looking for someone who is creative in their approach to applying old research to new and emerging problems in a wide variety of sectors. Please note that the contributor position is a part-time, remote and volunteer-based position.

  • Academic and or work experience related to a specific field of research within the domain of behavioral science.
  • Satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply

Please email your CV and cover letter to info@thedecisionlab.com. Due to the volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.