Center for Advanced Hindsight, Duke University

Behavioral Researcher II (Money/Common Cents Lab)

Job description


Description of Position

This work will focus on applied research and training with companies, banks, credit unions, tech companies, cities, and other organizations that interface with people’s financial life in the U.S. and abroad, with a special emphasis on low- to moderate-income households.

Projects will focus on increasing short & long-term savings, decreasing expenses, increasing earnings, and better managing debt through the application of behavioral insights to products and services. Most projects will be implemented in the Latin America and Caribbean region, for which fluency in Spanish will be required to interact with research partners and participants.

Occupational Summary

Research Analyst II are mid-level researchers at the Center for Advanced Hindsight. They may have advanced degrees and/or 3+ years of experience in behavioral science. They operate with some oversight, provide some mentorship for more junior staff, and are responsible for carrying out some smaller projects independently.

Work Performed

Independently lead research studies – 35%

  • Conduct literature reviews to identify gaps, generate new hypotheses, and inform existing streams of research
  • Contribute to hypothesis generation for field and lab studies and contribute to study designs
  • Ensure all studies are fielded with fidelity
  • Sometimes responsible for conducting data analysis, drawing conclusions from study results, and determining next steps, with supervision from Research Scholars or Project Managers
  • Occasionally responsible for drafting manuscripts for academic publication and popular press
  • Write IRB applications

Provide support to research studies – 35%

  • Program studies in Qualtrics
  • Create study materials (ex: mailers, prompts, emails, SMS copy, etc.)
  • Create research protocols for lab and field experiments
  • Train research experimenters or coordinators responsible for recruiting participants and running lab studies

Manage relationships with partners and sponsors – 15%

  • Work with sponsor/partner to determine how to implement agreed-upon studies
  • Identify opportunities for new research with sponsors/partners
  • Ensure partner/sponsor expectations are met
  • Train partners/sponsors on behavioral science content and methods

Provide project management – 15%

  • Ensure components of projects are scheduled appropriately and delivered on-time
  • Take notes during all meetings

Required Qualifications at this Level


  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in a social science or related field experience
  • 3-6 years of research experience since earning a bachelor’s degree

Technical Skills

  • Familiarity with all research processes and some familiarity with statistics
  • Strong understanding of behavioral science principals
  • Ability to speak and write coherently
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish


  • Curiosity and a passion for inquiry
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of psychology and behavioral economics
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Productive, timely, and responsible, with organizational and prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication (oral and written)
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working in a research environment, including planning and preparation of research materials, data collection, and data analysis
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and build relationships with individuals at all levels
  • Ability to work in changing environments and shift priorities when needed
  • Ability to adjust rapidly to evolving needs of multiple researchers and projects
  • Strong time management skills, work ethic
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as manage multiple collaborations and research projects at once
  • Ability to recognize their own limitations and ask for help when needed
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and work in a timely manner, keeping researchers up to date with progress on projects

Other (preferred):

  • Loves to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Led some kind of organization in college
  • Experience with project management
  • Passionate about coffee and/or tea
  • Has a hobby

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