Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center of Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Jun 03, 2022
Full time Postdoctoral Positions Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center of Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Open Date: Feb 14, 2022

One post-doctoral position is available at the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. This position is linked to a project funded by the John Templeton and Charles Koch Foundations (“Examining Poverty's Roots within US Communities”). This large-scale research project aims to explore the relations between social norms, trust, and poverty across the US. The postdoctoral researcher will support the PIs (Prof. Cristina Bicchieri, Dr. Kevin Vallier, and Dr. Enrique Fatas) in designing and conducting experimental work, conducting data analysis, and work on activities including background research and literature reviews, mixed-methods research design (including design of a national survey on social norms and trust), data collection and analysis, as well as writing of papers, reports, and dissemination pieces. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also support the Project Manager in coordinating the general progress of research activities and will supervise the work of Research Specialists.

Applicants should have obtained a PhD in the social sciences before the start of the fellowship. Applicants from Sociology, Social Psychology, and similar disciplines with good knowledge of survey methods will be considered. Experience and interest researching poverty and inequality topics in the US is required. Applicants should have experience with mixed-methods research and conducting statistical analyses using R (required) and Stata (strongly preferred).

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Center, and to contribute to the vibrant interdisciplinary group of economists, behavioral and political scientists at Penn that includes faculty, postdocs and students in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program. The position is available starting March 14, 2022, for an initial period of one year with potential extension for up to two additional years.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants should have obtained a PhD in the social sciences before the start of the fellowship.

Application Details

Candidates should apply at Please submit a CV, a cover letter, two samples of written work and the names and affiliations of three recommenders (who may be contacted later). The University will contact the recommenders directly with instructions on how to submit their letters. Review of materials will begin on Feb 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics is strongly committed to Penn's Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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