Postdoctoral Scholar in Behavioral Decision Making

University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management

Postdoctoral Scholar for the Behavioral Decision Making Group

Job #JPF06062
  • Anderson School Of Management - ANDERSON GRAD SCH OF MANAGEMENT

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 18th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Description

UCLA Anderson anticipates a postdoctoral fellow to join the Behavioral Decision Making area in the summer of 2021, in an initiative established in 2019 to promote career growth and broad impact for scientists interested in innovative, rigorous, and applied behavioral science research. Each fellowship will have a term of up to 3 years, conditional on satisfactory annual evaluations of research activity.

These positions are designed to support talented scientists in making behavioral research contributions that can substantially advance both theory and practice in human judgment, decision making, and other domains of behavior. Before starting this position, fellows must have their PhD (or at least a successful dissertation defense) in a discipline related to behavioral science (e.g., social or cognitive psychology, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, public health), demonstrable skill in advancing behavioral research, and a readiness to partner with real-world organizations on research in naturalistic settings. Candidates may add further value with a commitment to the success and mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations, with an enthusiasm for building ties across disciplines and across the university, and with experience in organizing relationships between partners in academia, policy, and commercial practice.

Once hired, successful fellows will be expected to continue their active research programs, as well as to support complementary departmental activities that promote the success of our diverse community (e.g., development of field research partnerships, mentoring and professional development for students from a broad range of backgrounds). To this end, fellows will be encouraged to work both independently and in collaborations of their choosing to enrich the empirical research contributions of the school. Supplemental support will include a research budget, full access to the services of the Anderson Behavioral Lab, and privileged access to resources of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association.

Review of candidates for the positions will begin on January 22. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, a representative manuscript, and a research statement describing their interests (including any specific faculty collaborators and/or projects they would like to pursue as part of the fellowship). In order to receive full consideration, please submit your application materials online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06062.

For questions about any of these positions, please contact the BDM Area Admin Office at bdm.admin@anderson.ucla.edu.

The Behavioral Decision Making (BDM) area at UCLA Anderson is home to researchers interested in the study of human judgment and decision making behavior, broadly construed. Often jointly appointed in other academic areas, BDM faculty members have expertise in behavioral economics, cognitive and social psychology, marketing, organizational behavior, behavioral finance, behavioral strategy, and public policy, among other disciplines. Core faculty include: Daniel Benjamin, Eugene Caruso, Heather Caruso, Keith Chen, Hengchen Dai, Craig Fox, Jana Gallus, Noah Goldstein, Hal Hershfield, Ian Larkin, Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Margaret Shih, Sanjay Sood, Stephen Spiller, Sherry Wu, and Shi Zhang. Area faculty also create productive channels for research support and partnership through various affiliations, including those with NBER, ideas42, BSPA, several governmental “nudge units,” and others.

More information on the group and our activities is available at the website for the UCLA Anderson BDM Area.

Located in an urban setting, UCLA is California’s largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 25% that come from underrepresented minority groups. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to the success of underrepresented groups in behavioral science. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty-and-research/behavioral-decision-making

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research - Please indicate any faculty members in the BDM area at Anderson that you would be interested in working with.
  • Representative Manuscript - Provide a manuscript (either published or unpublished) you have contributed to that best represents your research interests
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required