CESS Vacancies

CESS Nuffield, Oxford

Salary: £30,000 per annum

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is seeking to appoint a Research Administrator for a fixed period of one year, with the possibility of renewal.

The CESS promotes studies in experimental social sciences at Oxford. It offers researchers a full service 25-station experimental lab and provides support for Internet and field experiments. The duties of the postholder include providing administrative assistance to the Director; assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Nuffield CESS and Santiago CESS collaboration; assisting with the preparation of large-scale grant proposals; managing ongoing grant schedules and budgets; assisting with the administration of the experimental lab and the online experimental operations; and assisting with the seminar, workshop and summer school programmes. The CESS consists of a vibrant community of experimental social scientists and is a wonderful environment for social scientists who want to participate in the Centre’s wide-ranging projects in experimental research.

Candidates should hold a masters degree in Social Science or related disciplines (e.g. Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Statistics). A doctorate in Social Science would be desirable.

The Research Administrator will be fluent in Spanish and English, ideally near native Spanish speaking, and have excellent writing skills in both languages. The post will require extensive communication, both written and oral, in Spanish. Some travel to Santiago, Chile will be required in order to assist with the organization and monitoring of the Santiago-based team and to provide on-site support for some events in Santiago. The candidate should have good abilities in data management using standard office computing software and some familiarity with statistical software (e.g. Stata or R); experience of web page management (e.g. editing HTML files and working with WordPress-based websites) would be an advantage. He or she should have experience of assembling grant proposals and of preparing project budgets and schedules. Experience of managing large-scale social science research projects would be an advantage.

The post is available from 1 July 2017.

Further Particulars including a job description are available from our website at: http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/About/Vacancies/Documents/CESSraJD17.pdf.

Applications consisting of a covering letter and a CV stating the names and addresses of two referees, together with a Recruitment Monitoring Form, should be sent to vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk or to the Human Resources Department, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NF.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 30 May 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

Interviews will take place in early June 2017.

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in Oxford is looking for Casual Research Assistants to join their team. The successful candidate will be working 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of £14.

As a part-time Research Assistant you will be required to, organise, maintain and update our datasets. 
Your responsibilities will be:

  • Processing, consolidating, and transforming data sets within and between datasets.
  • Carrying out statistical analyses using standard methods and more advanced techniques.
  • Ensuring that all tasks relating to data collection and storage are carried out according to the relevant guidelines and regulations for each funder and in line with CESS policies.

The skills required for this job are:

  • Being able to interpret and analyse data.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, and z-tree.
  • IT literate with knowledge of Office Software (Word and Excel).

If you are interested in this job, please send us your CV to felipe.torres@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

We are looking for a part-time Programming Assistant to join our team at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS). The assistant will be working on programming various online experiments under the supervision of postdoctoral officers at CESS. The work will be compensated based on the hours work at the rate of £20-£35/hour. Our web-development projects include:

  • Programming in Otree (http://www.otree.org), based on proficiency in Python and preferably Django;
  • Programming in Javascript, Node.js and HTML.

As a part-time programmer you will be required to contribute to developing programs for laboratory and online experiments. You will have to report to the CESS Postdocs and CESS Director.

A successful candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent knowledge of Python, Django, HTML, php and Javascript;
  • Must apply good coding practice, e.g. commenting;
  • Ideally, experience using github;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills and timekeeping;
  • Ability to communicate successfully and work effectively with other team members.

If you are interested in this position, please send us a covering letter and your CV to cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The CV must include a URL linked to relevant samples of work.

We are looking for one PHP Developer to join our team at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS). The assistant(s) will be working on develop the back and front end of different CESS websites. The work will be compensated based on the hours work at the rate of £20-£35/hour. Our web-development projects include:

  • Programming in PHP
  • Programming in Ruby

A successful candidate will possess at the following skills and experience:

  • Strong PHP and JavaScript programming experience.
  • Strong database development experience.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and timekeeping.
  • Ability to communicate successfully and work effectively with other team members.

Other desirable qualities include:

  • Experience with python and Django.
  • Experience learning to work with new frameworks and APIs.

If you are interested in this position, please send us a covering letter and your CV to cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The CV should include a URL linked to relevant samples of work.

The interdisciplinary Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) was established to promote and facilitate experimental research by social scientists in Oxford. In order to fulfil this goal the Centre provides a number of services: experimental lab facilities, with staff to assist in the implementation and design of experiments; a fellowship and post-doctorate programme; and a regular series of academic events including seminars, colloquia and workshops. Founded in 2008, the Oxford Centre at Nuffield College has an on-site laboratory with 25 computer stations and maintains a large subject pool of UK residents for both online and lab experiments. In recent years, CESS has expanded its global reach by launching two new centres: the first in Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with the Universidad de Santiago, and the second in Pune, India, with FLAME University. Both centres have on-site laboratory facilities with dedicated staff to assist with experiments, a local subject pool and host a series of academic events for the local research community. The three centres that make up CESS provide experimentalists from all over the world opportunities for collaboration and academic development, as well as enabling them to draw on subject pools from three continents. You can find out more about CESS on the Centre’s global website.

We are looking for one JavaScript programmer to join our team at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS). The assistant(s) will be working on develop the back and front end of different CESS websites. The work will be compensated based on the hours work at the rate of £30-£35/hour. Our web-development projects require programming in JavaScript.

A successful candidate will possess at the following skills and experience:

  • Strong JavaScript programming experience.
  • Strong database development experience.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and timekeeping.
  • Ability to communicate successfully and work effectively with other team members.

Other desirable qualities include:

  • Experience with python and Django.
  • Experience learning to work with new frameworks and APIs.
  • Experience programming in PHP.
  • Experience programmin in Ruby.

If you are interested in this position, please send us a covering letter and your CV to cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The CV should include a URL linked to relevant samples of work.

The interdisciplinary Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) was established to promote and facilitate experimental research by social scientists in Oxford. In order to fulfil this goal the Centre provides a number of services: experimental lab facilities, with staff to assist in the implementation and design of experiments; a fellowship and post-doctorate programme; and a regular series of academic events including seminars, colloquia and workshops. Founded in 2008, the Oxford Centre at Nuffield College has an on-site laboratory with 25 computer stations and maintains a large subject pool of UK residents for both online and lab experiments. In recent years, CESS has expanded its global reach by launching two new centres: the first in Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with the Universidad de Santiago, and the second in Pune, India, with FLAME University. Both centres have on-site laboratory facilities with dedicated staff to assist with experiments, a local subject pool and host a series of academic events for the local research community. The three centres that make up CESS provide experimentalists from all over the world opportunities for collaboration and academic development, as well as enabling them to draw on subject pools from three continents. You can find out more about CESS on the Centre’s global website.

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.

CESS India, Pune

Are you an early-stage PhD student focusing on social science experiments? If so, you may be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to spend two months at CESS India designing and executing a lab or lab-in-the-field experiment (with villagers, factory workers, indigenous communities, etc.). We’re looking for exceptional candidates from any social science discipline and related, applied fields. This year, we are particularly interested in hearing proposals related to gender and competition, inter-ethnic cooperation, social norms, trust, behavior change, and regulation.

The two-month fellowship includes:

  • Return fights to India
  • Funds for subject payments
  • Accommodation

Applications must be received by 30 September for fellowships taking place in December 2017 to February 2018. Rolling for later visits. To apply, send your CV and an early-stage design (including a brief literature review) to cess@flame.edu.in.

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