CESS Vacancies

CESS Nuffield, Oxford, United Kingdom

Lead Programmer & Technical Manager

Application deadline: Wednesday 15th January 2020
Salary: £39,970 per annum

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint a skilled programmer who will undertake and oversee programming and manage the operations of the CESS behavioural labs and its online virtual experiments. CESS runs social science experiments with human subjects in four labs (with networked computers where participants play behavioural games) and using online and mobile interfaces. The labs are located at Nuffield College in Oxford, England; Santiago, Chile; Pune, India; and Tianjin, China. Some travel to other CESS facilities may be required, but the Lead Programmer and Technical Manager will be based at Nuffield College in Oxford.

The Lead Programmer and Technical Manager will program experimental games and surveys for behavioural experiments using software applications designed for interface and game programming (e.g. Javascript/jQuery, Python, Django). She or he will assist researchers by identifying their programming needs, facilitating the coding of interactive decision-making experiments, and providing corrective action for programming choices where needed. Other duties include maintaining and supporting software applications used for interface and game programming; advising other CESS facilities on the setup and configuration of their lab software and hardware; maintaining and developing the Nuffield CESS Lab and Online subject pool databases of experiment participants; and assisting with the implementation of CESS online experiments.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant social science or computing discipline (e.g. computer science, economics, geography). The successful applicant will possess strong demonstrated experience in programming web applications, together with knowledge of and experience in interface and game programming (e.g. Javascript/jQuery, Python, Django).  She or he will have experience of working with SQL databases and complex web technologies such as JavaScript, Python, and PhP, and will possess a good knowledge of networks, servers, and clients.  The successful applicant will be willing to acquire skills in oTree, z-tree and Qualtrics (training will be provided), and will be able to work effectively in a small team and with a diverse range of people. Experience with social science lab experiments, and of working with Windows Domains or with Apache HTTP Server would be an advantage.

The post is full-time and fixed-term for two years in the first instance. There will be an initial probationary period of six months.

Further Particulars including a job description are available here: job description.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ link below. This will take you to the Interfolio Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register for an account (if you have not done so previously) and log in before completing an online application.

For the online application you will be asked to complete an application form and a recruitment monitoring form, and to upload the following documents:

  1. A two-page description of your experience and motivation and how these meet the requirements of the position; and
  2. a curriculum vitae including the names postal and e-mail addresses of two referees.

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your online application, please contact Interfolio at help@interfolio.com. For other queries about the post, please contact Melanie Sawers, the CESS Administrative Manager at melanie.sawers@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

If, for your convenience, you wish to submit a hard-copy application, please contact the Nuffield HR Officer at vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.  Interfolio is a US-based service which processes data on servers based outside the EEA, but which complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (see www.interfolio.com/privacy-policy).  Information submitted via hard-copy is not processed through Interfolio.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15th January 2020.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date.

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

Event Manager (part-time)

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) is looking for a motivated and creative individual to join our Conferences and Events team and be a part of our team who ensure the smooth running of events within our research centre. The Events Manager’s primary role will be to assist the module conveners in organizing the Nuffield CESS workshops. The successful candidates will be working an average of 20 – 30 hours per each workshop organized and earning an hourly salary of £15. We are expecting to organize around 5 – 6 workshops in 2020.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Sending out quotations and contracts to clients relating to their bookings.
  • Organize and coordinate events timeline, ensuring that the service runs smoothly and efficiently.
  • Coordinate with the catering staff to provide for these events.
  • Manage staff and perform administrative duties.
  • Helping to promote Nuffield CESS’s workshop using our social media platforms.
  • Coordinate and deliver events, including workshops, conferences, book launches and receptions, seminars, and public engagement events. This will include managing invitations and registration; event logistics; event marketing; liaising with speakers, delegates and suppliers; and evaluation and reporting.
  • Be able to communicate in English and Spanish.

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.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

If you are interested in this job, please send us a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications to cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

Laboratory Assistant

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in Oxford is looking for Lab Assistants to join their team.  The successful candidates will be working an average of 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of £12.

As a Laboratory Assistant, you will be required to assist the lab manager and experimenters with running their experiments: Your responsibilities will be:

  • Directing subjects to the laboratory prior to the start of experiments
  • Gathering Informed Consent from subjects
  • Assisting researchers in administering their experiments
  • Assisting researchers with subject payments
  • Recording subjects attendance and participation in experiments in our subject database
  • Potentially assist with organization, coordination, and setup of CESS events

The skills required for this job are:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable and friendly in talking with strangers
  • Flexibility in hours of work
  • Punctuality

If you are interested in this job, please send a brief cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications to cess-vacancies@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. (updated on 05/09/2019)

Online Research Assistant

The Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in Oxford is looking for an Online Research Assistant to join their team.  The successful candidate will be working an average of 5-10 hours per week, earning an hourly salary of £15-20 (commensurate with experience).

The successful candidate assist the online lab manager with maintaining and updating our online subject pool as well as with the rollout and monitoring of online experiments. Your responsibilities will be:

  • Maintaining and consolidating our online subject pool of over 120,000 subjects, including assisting with the development of a new subjects database
  • Assisting with the intake of new members of the subject pool
  • Testing and debugging online surveys and experiments prior to rollout
  • Generating appropriate samples, monitoring participation rates, and scheduling reminders for ongoing online experiments
  • Generating payment files for completed online experiments

The skills required for this job are:

  • Experience managing and merging large data sets
  • Basic computer programming in R is essential
  • Experience of building/maintaining server-side databases (in any language) is highly desirable
  • Experience with Qualtrics is highly desirable
  • Time management and scheduling including the generation of accurate timelines

If you are interested in this job, please send a cover letter and CV outlining your qualifications to cess@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. (Updated on 27/01/2020)

CESS Santiago, Santiago, Chile

Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Behavioral Economics

Location: Santiago, RM, Chile
Salary Range: $36,000 per annum (after tax, including health insurance)

The Nuffield College Santiago Chile Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) and the Department of Economics at Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) seek to appoint a full-time faculty positions at the rank of assistant or associate professor. USACH and the CESS are looking for candidates specialized in Behavioral Economics, with experience in experiments. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record. Applicants are expected to be able to teach in Spanish within two years.

Applicants should have completed, or be close to completing, a PhD/DPhil in Economics. They should be familiar with the design and implementation of Random Control Trials, of on-line experiments and of lab experiments. The successful candidate will have excellent econometric skills, and the ability and willingness to carry out independent scholarly research and to deliver teaching and training on topics such as micro, behavioural and experimental economics.

Candidates wishing to be interviewed at ASSA – San Diego should submit applications by 1st January 2020.

Application deadline: Friday, 31st January 2020.

The starting date is 1st September 2020. The post-holder will be based in Santiago, Chile.


To apply, please send to Melanie Sawers (melanie.sawers@nuffield.ox.ac.uk)  your:

  • curriculum vitae
  • research papers
  • 3 (three) letters of recommendation

Asistente de Investigación - Predoctoral Fellow

Los Centros Nuffield y Santiago de Ciencias Sociales Experimentales están buscando un becario predoctoral a tiempo parcial para participar en un proyecto de investigación de dos años sobre agencia política y corrupción con el profesor Raymond Duch (Universidad de Oxford) y el Sr. Felipe Torres (King’s College London). Esta posición sería la preparación ideal para un programa de doctorado u otro estudio de posgrado. Este puesto es un trabajo part-time de alrededor de 10 a 15 horas cada semana.

Los deberes de la posición del Predoctoral fellow implican trabajar en una o más de las siguientes áreas de investigación: economía política y métodos experimentales. Los deberes específicos incluyen:

  • Recopilar, limpiar y mantener conjuntos de datos y bases de datos informáticos. Asistir con la entrada de datos y garantizar la integridad de los datos. Extraer y vincular datos de múltiples bases de datos para su análisis. Preparar documentación detallada.
  • Desarrollar modelos e implementar código de programa (STATA, Python, SQL, R, SAS, Matlab, etc.).
  • Realizar análisis estadísticos, incluyendo análisis de regresión y técnicas de aprendizaje automático.
  • Asistir con el análisis de datos y la difusión de los resultados a través de la preparación de informes, artículos de revistas, presentaciones, sitios web y otros medios de investigación.
  • Realizar investigaciones basadas en casos, incluido el trabajo con documentos primarios detallados.

El candidato ideal tendrá las siguientes calificaciones:

  • Fuertes habilidades cuantitativas.
  • Experiencia y habilidades en programación.
  • Habilidad para trabajar de manera independiente.
  • Experiencia en programar en uno o más de los siguientes lenguajes: R, SQL, SAS, Matlab y / o C ++.
  • Cursando o haber terminado un magister en Economía o Ciencias Políticas.
  • Interés a largo plazo en obtener un doctorado en economía o ciencias políticas.
  • Interés por investigar en economía política.
  • Experiencia previa de asistente de investigación.
  • Buen rendimiento académico.

El candidato debe tener experiencia trabajando en temáticas dentro de las disciplinas de economía o ciencias políticas, con una sólida formación técnica. Este trabajo es ideal para alguien con entusiasmo por la investigación empírica y la capacidad e interés de aprender nuevas habilidades y tomar la iniciativa a medida que se desarrolla el proyecto.

NOTA: Este puesto se basa en el Centro de Ciencias Sociales Experimentales de la Universidad de Santiago, pero se trabajará principalmente con el equipo de Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences de la Universidad de Oxford.

Cómo postular

Envíe su carta de presentación y CV a Felipe Torres a ftraposo@kcl.ac.uk.

La carta de presentación debe proporcionar una breve descripción de su experiencia como asistente de investigación y con cualquier investigación independiente (por ejemplo, tesis u otros proyectos de investigación). Además, una descripción de su familiaridad con varios paquetes estadísticos y de computadora (por ejemplo, STATA, Matlab, Python, etc.).

Las solicitudes serán aceptadas y revisadas de forma continua. Los candidatos preseleccionados serán invitados a una entrevista por Skype. Solo podremos contactar a los solicitantes preseleccionados.

Para más información de nuestros centros, por favor visite nuestros sitios webs: https://cess-nuffield.nuff.ox.ac.uk y http://cess.cl.

Científico de Datos

El Santiago Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) está buscando un Científico de Datos.

Principales funciones o tareas:

  • Extracción, transformación, análisis e interpretación de los datos para distintos proyectos de investigación.
  • Desarrollar software que permitan analizar la dinámica de la Web y redes sociales utilizando técnicas espacio temporales y estrategia de minería de texto.
  • Ejecutar estudios de factibilidad de los proyectos a desarrollar, cuantificando las horas hombre necesarias de análisis de datos requeridas.
  • Asistir a actividades de intercambio y colaboración científica.
  • Participar en reuniones con organismos públicos, entidades sin fines de lucro y empresas, como parte de procesos de formulación de proyectos u de levantamiento de necesidades de formación en ciencia de datos.
  • Colaborar en el diseño de programas de formación continua en temáticas relacionadas con la ciencia de datos
    Ejercer docencia en programas de formación continua del Centro, relacionados con ciencia de datos.
  • Contribuir a la gestión de la obtención de recursos financieros necesarios para la realización de investigaciones.


Formación: profesional de las carreras de Ingeniería en Computación / Informático, deseable con un magister en ciencias de la computación o ciencia de datos.

Perfil Personal: se requiere profesional autónomo, con capacidad de análisis y síntesis, orientada a la calidad y mejora continua. Debe contar con capacidad de comunicación efectiva y con capacidad de trabajar en equipo.

Conocimientos específicos:

  • R, Python, y MySQL u otros sistemas de gestión de bases de datos relacional.
  • Experiencia en Big data.
  • Experiencia codificando en Unix; AWS / Google Cloud Compute Engine.
  • Procesamiento de lenguajes naturales; Data Mining y Web Scrapping.
  • Desarrollar estadista y modelos de machine learning para detectar patrones y investigar.
  • Experiencia trabajando en regresiones, aprendizaje profundo, Trees/Forests, Red Neural Artificial, Métodos bayesianos, inferencia causal,aprendizaje por refuerzo.
  • Experiencia con Visualización de datos.

Cómo postular

Envíe su carta de presentación y CV a Felipe Torres a ftraposo@kcl.ac.uk.

La carta de presentación debe proporcionar una breve descripción de su experiencia Científico de Datos y con cualquier investigación independiente (por ejemplo, tesis u otros proyectos de investigación). Además, una descripción de su familiaridad con varios paquetes estadísticos y de computadora (por ejemplo, STATA, Matlab, Python, etc.).