Are you an early-stage PhD student focusing on experiments in a Social Science? You may be able to spend two months with us to design and execute a lab or lab-in-the-field experiment (with villagers, factory workers, indigenous communities, etc.). We’re looking for exceptional candidates from any social science discipline and related, applied fields. We are excited about proposals related to gender and competition, inter-ethnic cooperation, social norms, trust, behavior change, and regulation.

Fellows will receive:

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

This position is closed for the 2017 cycle. Please check again later for information on how to apply to the 2018 fellowship.

post doctoral researcher in experimental social sciences

CESS Nuffield - FLAME University seeks qualified applicants for the position of Post-Doctoral Researcher. This opportunity is ideal for candidates interested in spending one or two years post PhD to publish their dissertation and co-author new lab or lab-in-the-field experiments with subjects in India.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: The position is approximately 80% research, with the requirement to teach 30 hours (one course in the FLAME University system) per academic year. The Post Doc will also be expected to participate in research design workshops with our international faculty affiliates, attend research seminars, and help organize a research conference.

The Post Docs will report to the Directors of CESS Nuffield - FLAME University. Compensation will be generous according to Indian academic pay scales and sufficient to qualify the selected candidates for a work visa (if required). The position’s start date is flexible, beginning around September 2018.

RESEARCH FUNDING: Some funding is available for lab-in-the-field and traditional lab experiments for collaborative studies with the Directors of the Centre.

FIELDS: We are particularly interested in researchers with expertise in cooperation, trust, behavior change, behavioral economics, and regulation, though other fields will be considered. In particular, we welcome candidates with interest in running lab-in-the-field studies in applied contexts such as gender and competition, sanitation, health, and livelihoods. Preference may be given to candidates whose research interests link laboratory experiments to economic or social development.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: PhD/DPhil in any of the social sciences, psychology or applied social science fields (public policy, public health, management, etc.) and a dissertation involving at least one experiment (lab, field, or anywhere in between).

Interested candidates should send a CV, one research paper, a research statement explaining your use of experimentation, and the contact information for two persons willing to give a recommendation letter to We prefer to receive applications by February 9, 2018 and will start Skype interviews shortly after.