Join us on our mission to change the world through better decisions
A little bit about us
The Decision Lab is a behavioral science consultancy dedicated to creating social good by helping individuals, organizations and governments make better decisions. With over 500,000 online engagements per year, 12,000 newsletter subscribers, and over 60 contributors and staff writers, our audience is composed of thought leaders from a variety of industries and functions. Through research, analysis, and product design, we help organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Capital One and the World Bank solve thorny problems and build impactful evidence-based digital products.
Examples of the things we do
- Our collaboration with the World Bank – on incentive frameworks for knowledge sharing
- Our work with Capital One – a study we did on helping Americans undo the effects of stress on financial decisions.
- Our insights – we are one of the largest publications in applied behavioral science
- Our biases – we provide resources for organizations to learn about how behavioral science
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 that highlights important and often unnoticed research and provides actionable and applied takeaways. Staff writers are responsible for locating, synthesizing, and writing about new cutting edge research in behavioral science, behavioral economics, and psychology. In particular, a successful staff writer will be heavily focused on the application of this research in the sectors where it can be most impactful.
Why this role is important for TDL
We started The Decision Lab because we saw a fundamental gap between behavioral science theory and application. The staff writer role is at the front line of bridging this gap. This means that we look for bright, capable, and curious candidates who possess a strong grasp of behavioral science concepts (from the point of view of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, etc.) and have a thirst for translating evidence (be it academic papers, experiments, or analytics) into applied insights.
Why this role is great for you
The Decision Lab is a place where you can learn to apply evidence-based approaches to solving diverse & complex challenges in the realm of behavioral science. You will be a part of a team of intelligent & free-thinking colleagues who lead with optimism, pragmatism, and empathy. You will have the opportunity to research and disseminate the latest behavioral science insights to a wide audience of academics, business leaders, and public sector individuals.
TDL’s publication is looking for an experienced, engaging staff writer who is looking to demonstrate thought leadership in the field of applied behavioral science.
- Academic and/or work experience related to applying research within the domain of behavioral science
- Exceptional writing ability
- The ability to translate academic research in the field of behavioral science into clear and engaging articles for a wide audience
- Strong communication skills
- Independent thinking and ability to work within a rigorous, deadline-driven structure
- Familiarity with behavioral economics concepts (biases, heuristics, framework)
- Demonstrated interest in empirical behavioral research
About the role
- Part-time, volunteer-based position
- A commitment of approximately 10 hours per week (minimum of 2 articles per month at 600 – 1,000 words per article)
- Fully remote and flexible working hours
How to apply
Please email your CV, an article pitch, and any sample of your previous writing that best demonstrates your ability to write clear and engaging content (preferably an article from a journal or publication as opposed to an academic essay) to email@example.com.
Your pitch must include the following:
1. A proposed headline. Essentially, how would you distill your proposed article topic into one line?
2. 100-200 words explaining:
- What area of research your topic is related to
- What new insights you’ll be providing or synthesizing
- Why someone would want to read about this topic (here’s your chance to explain why this article is important from an applied perspective)
3. At least two sources of academic research that you’re planning on basing your article around. Include these with proper citations (APA preferred).
Please note that due to a high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.
If you are interested in writing for us on a less formal basis, please check out our content submissions page for more information on how to submit a single article.
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.
As a non-profit, 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 driven, 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.