CESS Vacancies

CESS Nuffield, Oxford

Laboratory Assistant

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in Oxford is looking for Lab Assistants to join their team.  The successful candidates will be working an average of 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of £12.

As a Laboratory Assistant, you will be required to assist the lab manager and experimenters with running their experiments: Your responsibilities will be:

  • Directing subjects to the laboratory prior to the start of experiments
  • Gathering Informed Consent from subjects
  • Assisting researchers in administering their experiments
  • Assisting researchers with subject payments
  • Recording subjects attendance and participation in experiments in our subject database
  • Potentially assist with organization, coordination, and setup of CESS events

The skills required for this job are:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable and friendly in talking with strangers
  • Flexibility in hours of work
  • Punctuality

If you are interested in this job, please send a brief cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications to cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. (updated on 21/01/2020)

Online Research Assistant

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in Oxford is looking for an Online Research Assistant to join their team.  The successful candidate will be working an average of 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of £15-20 (commensurate with experience).

This is not a remote job, but an in office position.

The successful candidate assist the online lab manager with maintaining and updating our online subject pool as well as with the rollout and monitoring of online experiments. Your responsibilities will be:

  • Maintaining and consolidating our online subject pool of over 120,000 subjects, including assisting with the development of a new subjects database
  • Assisting with the intake of new members of the subject pool
  • Testing and debugging online surveys and experiments prior to rollout
  • Generating appropriate samples, monitoring participation rates, and scheduling reminders for ongoing online experiments
  • Generating payment files for completed online experiments

The skills required for this job are:

  • Experience managing and merging large data sets
  • Basic computer programming in R is essential
  • Experience of building/maintaining server-side databases (in any language) is highly desirable
  • Experience with Qualtrics is highly desirable
  • Time management and scheduling including the generation of accurate timelines

If you are interested in this job, please send a cover letter and CV outlining your qualifications to cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. (Updated on 27/01/2020)

CESS Santiago, Chile

Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Behavioral Economics

Location: Santiago, RM, Chile
Salary Range: $36,000 per annum (after tax, including health insurance)

The Nuffield College Santiago Chile Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) and the Department of Economics at Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) seek to appoint a full-time faculty positions at the rank of assistant or associate professor. USACH and the CESS are looking for candidates specialized in Behavioral Economics, with experience in experiments. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record. Applicants are expected to be able to teach in Spanish within two years.

Applicants should have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in Economics. They should be familiar with the design and implementation of Random Control Trials, of on-line experiments and of lab experiments. The successful candidate will have excellent econometric skills, and the ability and willingness to carry out independent scholarly research and to deliver teaching and training on topics such as micro, behavioural and experimental economics.

Candidates wishing to be interviewed at ASSA – San Diego should submit applications by 1st January 2020.

Application deadline: Friday, 31st January 2020.

The starting date is 1st September 2020. The post-holder will be based in Santiago, Chile.


To apply, please send to Melanie Sawers (melanie.sawers@nuffield.ox.ac.uk)  your:

  • curriculum vitae
  • research papers
  • 3 (three) letters of recommendation

Data Scientist

The Santiago Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is looking for a Data Scientist to join its team. This is a great position for a computing engineer career professional. This role will support the growth of the CESS centre located in Chile and will involve working closely with the analytic teams at Nuffield College CESS University of Oxford.

Key responsibilities

The remit of our CESS data scientists is integrating data science with experimental design and implementation.  Our expectation is that he or she would be conducting leading-edge applied research that would support our team of experimental social scientists.  We would expect our data scientists to actively participate in the on-going experimental projects and training activities that CESS undertakes.  This would entail:

  • Extraction, transformation, analysis and interpretation of data for different research projects.
  • Developing software that allows you to analyse the dynamics of the Web and social networks using temporary space techniques and text mining strategy.
  • Run feasibility studies of the projects to be developed, quantifying the man hours required of data analysis required.
  • Attend scientific exchange and collaboration activities.
  • Participate in meetings with public bodies, non-profit entities and companies, as part of project formulation processes or data science training needs.
  • Collaborate in the design of continuing training programs on data science issues.
  • Teach in continuous training programs of the Centre, related to data science.


We would expect the candidate to have, at a minimum,  a Master’s Degree in computer or data science. The post is based in Santiago, Chile and fluency in Spanish would be highly advantageous.

The successful applicant

The CESS research environment is at the same time intellectually rewarding, fast-paced, challenging and friendly. This post will be particularly attractive to someone who:

  • has strong analytical skills: MySQL, R, Python, experience with Big Data and coding in Unix; AWS / Google Cloud Compute Engine;
  • can work in an extremely fast-paced environment;
  • is motivated by impact;
  • is a good communicator who’s able to articulate complex information;
  • is extremely self-motivated and can work autonomously.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 15 April 2020, however applications will be reviewed as they are received, and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.