As a Behavioral Research Fellow, you will collaborate with different faculty and PhD students at the Kellogg School of Management to work on experimental behavioral research projects. Your research duties will vary, but they might span all aspects of the research life cycle. Duties may 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. Experiments occur 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.
Successful candidates will have completed at least a bachelor’s degree by the employment start date. If selected, you will be offered a one-year appointment with a summer start-date, and 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.
Collaborate with faculty, PhD students, and Research Support staff to understand the experimental conditions, sampling, and measurements necessary for each research project.
Create or modify IRB protocols.
Schedule studies and recruit 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.
Financial recordkeeping and related administrative duties.
As necessary, assist researchers with experimental design and pre-testing.
Program computer-based experiments using tools such as DirectRT, oTree, Inquisit, 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 DirectRT, oTree, Inquisit, Qualtrics
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.
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.
Experience using the experimental management platform, Sona Systems.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.