A little bit about us

The Decision Lab is a socially-conscious applied research firm. We provide consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the world, carry out research in priority areas, and run one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science. In the past, we have helped organizations such as the Gates Foundation, Capital One, and the World Bank solve some of their thorniest problems using scientific thinking.

 

EXAMPLES OF THINGS WE DO

 

Why this role is important for TDL

We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. Our editorial staff is at the front line of bridging this gap. Qualified individuals will play a critical role in democratizing behavioral science by producing accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking written work. An ideal candidate is an excellent writer, preferably with some editorial experience.

We are looking for bright, capable and curious candidates with a good grasp of behavioral science (from points of view that may include behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, etc.) who are eager to communicate scientific evidence as practical and digestible content.

 

What you will work on

TDL was created with the vision of bridging the gap between behavioral science research and application. A core part of our mission is disseminating our ideas across various online platforms and ensuring that our message is tailored to maximize impact. The Assistant Editor will be an essential player in our efforts to communicate cutting-edge behavioral science content to our vast audience through various channels. Your job will consist of working with TDL’s editorial team on a wide array of projects, with the goal of communicating challenging ideas in behavioral science to a wide audience. This involves reviewing and improving the work of contributors, contributing to internal initiatives, and collaborating with senior members of the content division to exhibit our thought leadership in this niche and burgeoning field.

Baseline qualifications include:

  • Native English speaker
  • Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, frameworks)
  • Academic and/or work experience within the domain of behavioral science, economics, psychology, philosophy, or other related fields
  • Exceptional copywriting, editorial and communication skills

Specific duties may include:

  • Reviewing pitches received by contributors, and working with potential writers to adjust content to suit the style, tone, depth of the organization.
  • Ensuring a suitable degree of scientific accuracy by verifying facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Preparing, rewriting and editing copy (from contributors or other internal initiatives such as an interview series or video project) to improve readability (or supervise others who do this work, once other resources are brought onboard).
  • Assisting with recruiting efforts (for other editors or contributors)
  • Translating complex insights from cutting-edge behavioral science research (academic journals) into engaging and easy to understand articles and reports.
  • Ensuring that all feature articles comply with ethical codes of practice and legal guidelines.
  • Contributing to the creation and dissemination of other online content including, but not limited to podcasts, interviews with researchers, or short videos.
  • Promoting content through various social media platforms and by leveraging SEO/marketing principles.
  • Collaborating with Managing Directors and other team members on client projects or other internal initiatives.

 

About the role

  • Fully remote
  • 15-20 hrs/week
  • 17$ CAD/hr on a contractual basis

 

Applications Instructions

Do you feel like this role is right for you? If so, please send us your CV, a cover letter and an example of a past project you are proud of. The project should demonstrate your familiarity with behavioral science or your editorial/writing abilities Please send your application directly to editor@thedecisionlab.com.

 

More About The Decision Lab

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Decision Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable law.

OUR VALUES

As a social enterprise, we have a deep-rooted belief that better decisions make a better world. However, improving decisions is a messy and difficult thing. For this reason, we have laid out a clear set of criteria for what constitutes good work. Our approach is inspired by many of the organizations and individuals we use as role models.

We believe that a good approach to creating social impact is SPICE: Socially conscious, Pragmatic, Inventive, Catalytic and Evidence based. We use these criteria to evaluate ourselves, our work, the clients we choose to take on and the people we make part of our team. Read more about SPICE below:

Socially conscious

We create positive and fair outcomes for individuals, organizations and societies.

The outcomes that societies want to achieve are constantly being discussed and revised, always a work in progress. They are not defined from the outset or from the outside. For these outcomes to be sustainable, they must integrate societal, environmental and economic dimensions.

Pragmatic

We develop solutions that are practical, effective and attainable.

We are deeply committed to bringing our ideals to life. To do so, we let the problem be the guide for our attention. We are agnostic regarding approaches and dispassionate in our assessment of candidate solutions. This unwavering focus on the problem allows us to employ the full range of tools at our disposal, deploying the right ones for each context.

Inventive

We develop solutions that are not constrained by the current reality.

When no existing solution is adequate to the problem at hand, we must move from curation to creation. Success in these contexts requires a commitment to exploration and an openness to inspiration.

Catalytic

We develop solutions that spark rapid transition to a new paradigm.

When we reach a tipping point, a small nudge sparks a change from one equilibrium state to another. By starting small and iterating quickly, we manage the change in a deliberate and responsible manner, ensuring that the catalytic reaction is positive when unleashed at scale. We can also help manage the journey to the tipping point, creating pre-conditions for catalytic projects to take off.

Evidence-based

We develop solutions that use evidence as a compass.

We are deeply committed to using evidence to guide our actions. We build evidence in-house through robust experimentation, and integrate our findings into a wider body of knowledge, coming from many people and many places. This cohesive landscape of insights allows us to triangulate the best course of action.