CESS Vacancies

CESS Nuffield, Oxford

Casual Research Assistants

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 cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

CESS/FLAME Postdoctoral Research Officer

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint a CESS/FLAME Postdoctoral Research Officer for a fixed period of 2 years. The person appointed will be responsible for coordinating activities related to the Nuffield CESS collaboration with the CESS India initiative at FLAME University in Pune, India. He/she will be based in the Nuffield CESS at Oxford, though occasional short-term visits to India will be necessary as part of the role.

The main duties of the CESS/FLAME Research Officer include:

  • overseeing the operations of the experimental lab in CESS India;
  • assisting with the design of experimental projects in India and South East Asia and with the coordination and execution of experiments in CESS India;
  • carrying out associated administrative responsibilities for the CESS India activities;
  • teaching one course for FLAME University;
  • delivering and assisting with the organization of Nuffield CESS courses, summer schools, workshops and other instructional activities;
  • and assisting the CESS Director with some of the management activities associated with CESS India.

In addition the CESS/FLAME Postdoctoral Research Officer will be expected to engage in independent scholarly research and to take part in the intellectual life of the Nuffield CESS and the College more generally.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing a PhD/DPhil in a relevant Social Science discipline (e.g. Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, International Development). They should also have familiarity with programming on-line survey and virtual lab experiments, and experience of designing and conducting online, lab, lab-in-the-field and field experiments.  They should possess, or be willing to acquire, skills in programming experiments in oTree. They should have extensive experience with statistical analysis software (such as R and Stata), and a strong background in econometrics and causal inference. The successful candidate should also have the ability and willingness to undertake independent scholarly research in areas linked with the research activities and interests of CESS, and to deliver training and teaching to a wide range of audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills are also essential.

The salary will be in the range £36,065 – £37,703 per annum. The post is full-time and fixed term for 2 years, with an initial probationary period of six months, and is available from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further particulars and information about how to apply can be found on the College website: https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/media/3136/jd_cess_flame_2019.pdf.

The closing date for applications is Monday 14 January 2019.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date. Candidates who would like to be interviewed at the ASSA conference in Atlanta should submit applications by 1 January 2019.

Python and R Programmer

We are looking for one programmer to join our team at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS). The programmer will be working on a Fell Fund funded project entitled “A Global Perspective on Financial Literacy.” The project will be focused on large-scale experimental interventions conducted on different social media platforms (e.g., Reddit, Twitter and Facebook). The work will be compensated based on the hours work at the rate of £20-£35/hour, commensurate with experience. The position will be for a fixed term of six months with the possibility of extension conditional on funding,

The programmer should be able to analyze large corpora of hierarchical text using text as data techniques such as dictionary methods, clustering and structural topic modeling. The programmer will also engage in large-scale social media scraping using APIs and specific Python packages such as PRAW.

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

  • Strong Python programming experience
  • Extensive experience in quantitative text analysis and machine learning using R
  • Ability to run data analysis with large datasets (up to one terabyte)
  • Excellent organisational skills and timekeeping
  • Ability to communicate successfully and work effectively with other team members

Other desirable qualities include:

  • Experience with Django
  • Experience learning to work with new frameworks and APIs
  • Database development and application experience (SQL, PHP).

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

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

Research Assistant

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is looking for a Research Assistant to join their team. The Assistant’s primary role will be to assist experimenters in running laboratory sessions at CESS. The position further involves supporting CESS in the recruitment of new participants in maintaining our subject pool. The successful candidate has to be able to commit to work 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of GBP 14.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Assisting Principal Investigators in the laboratory.
  • Assisting in the recruitment of participants in our laboratory and online studies.
  • Helping to promote CESS activities.
  • Maintaining the CESS Website.
  • Assisting the CESS team in the different administrative tasks.

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.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

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

Research Output Assistant

We are searching for one Research Output Assistant to join our team at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS). The Assistant’s primary role will be to help CESS researchers in the writing up of academic papers, based on already-existing datasets. The work will be compensated on a per-paper-written basis, at a rate of 1,500 USD (with a 1,000 USD publication bonus).

CESS has recently conducted laboratory, field, laboratory-in-field, and online experiments that have produced several unique and interesting datasets. The Assistant will work closely with CESS researchers (economists, political scientists and psychologists) to review the academic literature, conduct data analysis, and write up academic papers using these datasets. The Assistant will have the possibility of being included as co-author of such papers, if he/she makes a significant intellectual contribution to them. The Assistant will also have the opportunity to – and is encouraged to – propose additional academic papers from the existing datasets.

A successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills.

  • Recent MA or PhD degree in Economics or Political Science
  • Strong data-analytical skills (experience with Stata or R is highly desirable)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent organizational 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 cover letter and your CV to cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

CESS Nuffield, China

Experimental Scientist

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint an Experimental Scientist contractor based in CESS China at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. CESS China has two fully networked computer labs that are used by a wide range of social scientists to run experiments for research in diverse social science disciplines. CESS China also works with the CESS Online operation to offer interactive large-scale experiments implemented with subjects from the CESS China subject pool, on a WeChat app platform.

The Experimental Scientist will be part of the CESS network of experimental scientists who are located in Oxford, Santiago in Chile, Pune in India, and Tianjin in China, and she or he will work closely with the CESS worldwide team. Duties include assisting with the development of the CESS Online platforms, developing online and lab subject pools, advising and assisting researchers in programming experiments, and promoting CESS China and experimental social sciences in China. This opportunity would be ideal for individuals with a strong technical background trained in computer science or experimental programming and data analysis. A familiarity with experimental methods is desirable although not necessary.

Candidates should hold a Master’s (or higher) degree in Computer Science or in a related applied field.

The Experimental Scientist will have fluent spoken and written English and excellent spoken and written Chinese. She or he will have experience of programming experiments in z-Tree and oTree (Python), and in at least one other programming language, such as JavaScript. The Experimental Scientist will be familiar with software designed for recruiting and managing subject pool databases, including customized software such as ORSEE or HROOT, and will have experience of working with SQL or MongoDB databases, and with social media mobile applications such as WeChat. She or he will possess a good knowledge of networks, servers, and clients; excellent oral and written communication skills; and will be able to demonstrate excellent organizational and time-management skills.

Experience of conducting social science lab experiments; of working with basic web technologies, such as HTML and CSS, as well as more complex technologies such as PHP; and of using statistical analysis software (such as R and Stata) would be an advantage.

The Experimental Scientist will be contracted to work for 110 hours per month (minimum 25 hours per week), at a rate of £15.00 per hour. The contract is available from 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and is fixed-term for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

Further particulars are available from the Nuffield College website at: https://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/media/2399/cess-china-experimental-scientist-further-particulars.pdf

Applications consisting of a two-page description of the applicant’s research training, experience and motivation and how these meet the requirements of the position, and a CV including the names and e-mail addresses of two academic or professional referees, should be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf attachment, to CESS@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date. Candidates who would like to be interviewed at the ASSA conference in Philadelphia should submit applications by January 1, 2018.

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

CESS Nuffield-FLAME University, Pune, India

Pre-Doc Fellowship in Experimental Social Sciences *

Are you an early-stage PhD student focusing on experiments in a Social Science? Our lab in India is looking for exceptional candidates from any social science discipline or related, applied fields to spend one or two months with us to design and execute a lab or lab-in-the-field experiment. This year, we are excited about proposals related to gender-based violence, policing, social norms, trust, behavior change, and regulation.

To apply, e-mail us a CV and an early-stage design (including a brief literature review) that you would like to develop further with someone from CESS Nuffield – FLAME University.

Fellows will receive:

  • Round-trip flight to India
  • Funds for subject payments
  • Housing

Apply by June 15, 2018 for August and September 2018 visits.

Email: cess@flame.edu.in

To learn more about the Centre, please visit: https://www.cess-nuffield- flame.org.

* This opportunity is only open to candidates already enrolled in a PhD program.