Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Behavioural Science



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The Behavioural Research Unit at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Candidates will be considered from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to behavioural economics, psychology and decision science.

The Institute

The ESRI, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Its role is to provide high-quality research evidence for policy. It has over 100 staff, including economists, sociologists and psychologists, in addition to support and technical staff.

The Behavioural Research Unit (BRU)

The Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) carries out behavioural research for multiple government departments and agencies, as well as for the OECD and European Commission. It specialises in designing and conducting laboratory, online and field experiments to diagnose policy problems and test potential solutions. Some qualitative research is also undertaken. Much of the BRU’s work focuses on behaviours linked to financial, environmental and health outcomes. Candidates are strongly advised to visit

Role Description

The successful candidate will join a team of approximately eight economists and psychologists. It relies on strong teamwork and the successful candidate will reflect this. The job will be to design, programme and conduct experiments tailored to the investigation of economic decisions and behaviours of relevance to policy. The post requires strong quantitative and experimental research skills. Experiments are likely to involve a mixture of laboratory, online and field studies. Some qualitative work may also be involved. The BRU relies on strong teamwork and the successful candidate will reflect that.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate is likely to have a background in behavioural economics, economic psychology, decision science, or a closely related discipline. In addition to the above, the successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline
  • A strong research record
  • Broad knowledge of relevant literature in applied behavioural science
  • Capability with statistical software packages and techniques
  • Strong writing, presentation and communication skills
  • Scientific curiosity and enthusiasm

Terms & Application Procedure

The role is full-time (37 hours per week - standard working hours are 09.00-17.30, Monday – Thursday and 09.00-17.00, Friday). Appointments will be on a three-year, fixed-term contract basis and salary will be in the range €41,055 - €45,502, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will be based in our offices in Dublin 2. The appointee will hold an adjunct position at Trinity College Dublin.

To apply for this position please follow the link below and apply through the careers page of our website. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 17 August 2020. The selection process will consist of a preliminary interview and, for candidates successful at that stage, a final interview and presentation. The ESRI are following Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and its offices are currently closed. Therefore, each stage of the selection process is likely to be held via video-conference and the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely for a temporary period.

All applications will be acknowledged. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed. 

The ESRI is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to accommodating the needs of people with disabilities to enable them to participate in the selection process. Please let us know if you have any particular requirements should you be invited for assessment/interview or that you wish us to take into account when considering your application.


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