Research Coordinator, Behavior Change for Good Initiative

Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday, 18 January 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Research Coordinator,  Behavior Change for Good Initiative

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary

The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Professors Katherine Milkman and Angela Duckworth is conducting large-scale field experiments designed to promote sustained behavior change. Our world-class team of scientific experts will be able to continually test and improve behavior change programs by seamlessly incorporating the latest insights from their research into massive random-assignment experiments. We have formed partnerships with some of the world's largest organizations to reach millions of their students and customers. Learn more about BCFG at or through this Freakonomics podcast describing BCFG's plans:

Job Description

The Research Coordinator will work closely with Professors Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman on the development and evaluation of interventions to make behavior change stick across a wide variety of settings. The Research Coordinator will manage and coordinate significant multi-site research projects. This position entails developing and implementing research designs, data collection methods, and strategies for data management as well as collaborating with several outside agencies and institutions.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in Behavioral Economics, Psychology or a related field is preferred. It requires expertise in econometrics and in particular familiarity with STATA, R, and data analysis on UNIX servers. The start date for this position is June 2020.

Please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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.

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