Research Specialist

Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Ref
07-30810
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Org Behavior Change for Good
Posted to the Web 01/15/2019
Posted Job/Salary Grade 025
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time Position
Schedule Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding 

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.

School/Center Overview

The World’s First Business School

JOSEPH WHARTON, FOUNDER

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become ‘pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.’ The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world – with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually. https://www.wharton.upenn.edu/

Duties

The Behavior Change for Good (BCFG) Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, led by Katherine Milkman and Angela Duckworth, is developing a digital platform to conduct large-scale field experiments designed to promote sustained behavior change in education, health, and savings. Our world-class team of scientific experts will be able to continually test and improve a behavior change program 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 offering education, health, and savings products to reach millions of their students and customers. Learn more about BCFG at bcfg.upenn.edu or through this Freakonomics podcast describing BCFG s plans: http://tinyurl.com/bcfg2017

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.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in Behavioral Economics, Psychology, or a related field is preferred. The research involved will use field data, experimental data, and hybrid field experiments. It requires expertise in econometrics and in particular familiarity with STATA, R, and data analysis on UNIX servers. The anticipated start date for this position is June 2019.

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.