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These are excellent opportunities for someone who wants to pursue a PhD in economics, psychology, or sociology and are good bridge year opportunities before applying for graduate school.

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Job Summary - Public Behavioral Research Fellow

As a Behavioral Research Fellow, you will collaborate with faculty and PhD students at the Kellogg School of Management to work on experimental behavioral research projects. Your contributions to these research projects might span all aspects of the research life cycle: experimental development, subject recruitment, experimental deployment, and data analysis. Experiments might take place in either a laboratory or an online setting.

Applicants should have an interest in applying for a Ph.D. program in one of the social sciences and pursuing an academic research career. The ideal candidate will have: (i) a strong interest in social psychology or a similar discipline; (ii) experience working with the methodologies and software tools commonly used in psychology experiments; (iii) past experience with research, either as a research assistant or from doing independent research of one’s own.

Your research duties will vary, but they might include: reviewing literature, drafting/modifying IRB protocols, designing experiments, programming surveys or other web-based experiments, testing experiments prior to deployment, scheduling and running experiments, analyzing experimental results, and/or editing manuscripts.

Successful candidates will have completed at least bachelor’s degree by the employment start date. If selected, you will be offered a one-year appointment, with the ability to renew for one year based on performance.

Your application should include a cover letter briefly describing your career or academic goals, and you most recent college transcripts uploaded as a single document, and you most recent college transcripts uploaded as a single document.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create or modify IRB protocols.
  • Schedules studies and recruits subjects for studies.
  • Set up the laboratory environment for experimental session, monitor session progress, and debrief participants as needed.
  • Manage consent and compensation documentation for participants.
  • Collaborate with faculty, PhD students, and Research Support staff to understand the experimental conditions, sampling, and measurements necessary for each research project.
  • As necessary, assist researchers with experimental design and pre-testing.
  • Program computer-based experiments using tools such as DirectRT, Qualtrics, etc.
  • Perform statistical analyses on the experimental data, and produce tables, figures, or other similar research outputs.
  • Might assist in drafting or revising sections of manuscripts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Competencies

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher at an accredited college or university.
  • Knowledge of human subjects research methods;
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Experience using software packages for behavioral experiments – such as Qualtrics, DirectRT, Inquisit, and/or z-Tree;
  • The ability to work independently to solve problems; and
  • A long-term interest in pursuing research in social psychology, marketing, behavioral economics, sociology, or a related field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Prior experience working as a Research Assistant or conducting one’s own original research.
  • Experience recruiting subjects for online studies using a platform such as Mechanical Turk.
  • Experience using statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, etc.

 

Job Summary - Empirical Research Fellow

As an Empirical Research Fellow, you will collaborate with faculty and PhD students at the Kellogg School of Management to work on empirical or theoretical economics research projects. In this particular role You will typically work on multiple projects at a time, and your contributions might span all aspects of the research life cycle.

Candidates should have an interest in applying for a quantitative Ph.D. program, preferably in Economics or a related field, and pursuing an academic research career. The ideal candidate will have: (i) a strong quantitative background; (ii) strong computer skills including programming; (iii) past experience with research, including independent work (such as an undergrad thesis) or work as a research assistant. A background in Economics is a plus, but not necessary; in fact, we encourage candidates with strong technical backgrounds who are looking to receive more exposure to Economics or Finance.

Potential research duties vary, but may include: collecting and validating new research datasets, performing statistical analyses on large databases, programming simulations of theoretical models, and proving theoretical results.

Successful candidates will have completed at least bachelor’s degree by the employment start date. If selected, you will be offered a one-year appointment, with the ability to renew for one year based on performance.

Your application should include a cover letter briefly describing your career or academic goals, and your most recent college transcripts uploaded as a single document.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with multiple faculty members as a project team member on multiple new or ongoing research projects.
  • Collect, maintain, and document original research datasets, and proactively test for data integrity.
  • As necessary, merge together data sources, create new variables, and reformat data to prepare it for analysis.
  • Assist data analysis by performing applied statistical techniques.
  • Write programs to simulate the results from theoretical models and/or solve constrained optimization problems.
  • Produce tables, figures, and/or other research outputs as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications and Competencies

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher at an accredited college or university.
  • A strong understanding of applied statistical concepts;
  • Computer programming skills using at least one commonly used statistical programming language – such as R, Stata, Matlab, and/or SAS;
  • Strong habits documenting datasets and program code;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to solve problems; and
  • A long-term interest in pursuing research in Economics, Finance, or a related field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Prior experience working as a Research Assistant or conducting one’s own original research.
  • Working knowledge of various data formats, database structures, and tagging schema is preferred.
  • Experience working with lower-level or scripting programming languages – such as Python, bash, Java, C, etc.
  • Knowledge of theoretical concepts and common datasets used in Economics or Finance is desired, but not required.

 

If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, contact:

Ginger Jacobson, PhD

Associate Director of Behavioral Research Support

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

2211 Campus Drive  |  Room 4490  |  Evanston, IL 60208

P 847.467.3986   |   ginger.jacobson@kellogg.northwestern.edu

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