CESS Vacancies

CESS Nuffield, Oxford

Lead Programmer & Technical Manager

Application deadline: Thursday 30th January 2020
Salary: £39,970 per annum

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint a skilled programmer who will undertake and oversee programming and manage the operations of the CESS behavioural labs and its online virtual experiments. CESS runs social science experiments with human subjects in four labs (with networked computers where participants play behavioural games) and using online and mobile interfaces. The labs are located at Nuffield College in Oxford, England; Santiago, Chile; Pune, India; and Tianjin, China. Some travel to other CESS facilities may be required, but the Lead Programmer and Technical Manager will be based at Nuffield College in Oxford.

The Lead Programmer and Technical Manager will program experimental games and surveys for behavioural experiments using software applications designed for interface and game programming (e.g. Javascript/jQuery, Python, Django). She or he will assist researchers by identifying their programming needs, facilitating the coding of interactive decision-making experiments, and providing corrective action for programming choices where needed. Other duties include maintaining and supporting software applications used for interface and game programming; advising other CESS facilities on the setup and configuration of their lab software and hardware; maintaining and developing the Nuffield CESS Lab and Online subject pool databases of experiment participants; and assisting with the implementation of CESS online experiments.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant social science or computing discipline (e.g. computer science, economics, geography). The successful applicant will possess strong demonstrated experience in programming web applications, together with knowledge of and experience in interface and game programming (e.g. Javascript/jQuery, Python, Django).  She or he will have experience of working with SQL databases and complex web technologies such as JavaScript, Python, and PhP, and will possess a good knowledge of networks, servers, and clients.  The successful applicant will be willing to acquire skills in oTree, z-tree and Qualtrics (training will be provided), and will be able to work effectively in a small team and with a diverse range of people. Experience with social science lab experiments, and of working with Windows Domains or with Apache HTTP Server would be an advantage.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for two years in the first instance. There will be an initial probationary period of six months.

Further Particulars including a job description are available here: job description.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  1. A two-page description of your experience and motivation and how these meet the requirements of the position; and
  2. a curriculum vitae including the names postal and e-mail addresses of two referees.

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your online application, please contact Interfolio at help@interfolio.com. For other queries about the post, please contact Melanie Sawers, the CESS Administrative Manager at melanie.sawers@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

If, for your convenience, you wish to submit a hard-copy application, please contact the Nuffield HR Officer at vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.  Interfolio is a US-based service which processes data on servers based outside the EEA, but which complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (see www.interfolio.com/privacy-policy).  Information submitted via hard-copy is not processed through Interfolio.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 30th January 2020.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

If a candidate is invited to an interview before the closing date, we may contact referees directly before the deadline.

Event Manager (part-time)

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is looking for a motivated and creative individual to join our Conferences and Events team and be a part of our team who ensure the smooth running of events within our research centre. The Events Manager’s primary role will be to assist the module conveners in organizing the Nuffield CESS workshops. The successful candidates will be working an average of 20 – 30 hours per each workshop organized and earning an hourly salary of £15. We are expecting to organize around 5 – 6 workshops in 2020.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Sending out quotations and contracts to clients relating to their bookings.
  • Organize and coordinate events timeline, ensuring that the service runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • Coordinate with the catering staff to provide for these events.
  • Manage staff and perform administrative duties.
  • Helping to promote Nuffield CESS’s workshop using our social media platforms.
  • Coordinate and deliver events, including workshops, conferences, book launches and receptions, seminars, and public engagement events. This will include managing invitations and registration; event logistics; event marketing; liaising with speakers, delegates and suppliers; and evaluation and reporting.
  • Be able to communicate in English and Spanish.

The position requires the following skills:

  • Open and friendly in approaching strangers.
  • Enthusiastic in promoting experimental studies.
  • IT literate and willingness to learn basic experimental software.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

If you are interested in this job, please send us a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications to cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

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 05/09/2019)

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