Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Science


Stanford University


Stanford, CA


Inviting applications for a postdoctoral position to work on a large-scale field experiment in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico assessing the potential of technology-assisted engagement to enhance cities’ adaptive capacity and resiliency. I am seeking a candidate with a strong interdisciplinary background in psychology, decision science, communications, or behavioral economics. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team. This position is a full-time, 36-month position with research expectations.

The candidate will support a new research study with Dr. Gabrielle Wong-Parodi experimentally evaluating various types of scientist and practitioner technology-assisted forms of engagement on adaptive capacity and resiliency outcomes.

The position will be housed in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Science, and will be affiliated with the Woods Institute for the Environment. The Woods Institute is Stanford University’s hub of interdisciplinary environment and sustainability. The focal research areas at the Woods Institute include climate, conservation, food security, freshwater, natural capital, oceans, public health, and sustainability.
Responsibilities and expectations include:

• Co-leading the design, data collection, project management, and other aspects of the new research project.
• Cleaning and processing data, including complex data structure and longitudinal design
(where appropriate).
• Analysis and compilation of methods/results, including advanced statistical and computational methods (e.g., panel designs, social network analysis, machine learning, and geospatial analysis).
• Co-leading the write-up for top academic journals, including literature review.
• Conducting behavioral research (both independently and in collaboration with the research team).
• Summarize findings for practitioner and policy audiences.
• Prepare presentations and present findings at local, regional, and/or national meetings.
• Mentor graduate and undergraduate students on research.
• Being an active and contributing member to the Stanford academic community.

Successful candidates will:

• Hold a Ph.D. before beginning the position in a relevant social science discipline.
• Have a demonstrated track record of excellence in conducting field research.
• Have strong quantitative social science research, experimental methods, and data analysis experience; qualitative methods are a plus.
• Experience with leading statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA, R).
• Have previously published in peer-reviewed journals.
• Have the ability to work with and independently (co-)lead an interdisciplinary project team.
• Be committed to open science practices (e.g., pre-registration, data/code/material sharing, etc.).

This postdoctoral fellowship offers the opportunity to work on large-scale field studies in interdisciplinary teams on socially-critical and policy-relevant topics. Stanford University offers competitive pay and benefits.
To apply, please submit the following materials to Stephanie Fischer
( by November 15, 2019.

• Cover letter explaining your interest in joining the team and potential start date
• CV
• References for three letters of recommendation
• Research statement
• Up to 3 samples of published/working papers

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Name

Stephanie Fischer

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