Postdoctoral Fellow

London School of Economics and Political Science - Psychological and Behavioural Science

Salary from £34,736 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £42,019pa inclusive.

This is a fixed term appointment for 1 year, renewable on an annual basis.

LSE Psychological and Behavioral Sciences seeks to appoint a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow for an exciting project where you will be working on the world's first comprehensive online quantitative and qualitative database of history.

Reporting directly to Dr Michael Muthukrishna, the successful candidate will be involved with research related to the Database of Religious History (DRH) and using DRH data. They will work with, and coordinate a variety of people from across the social sciences and humanities based around the world, including the Project Director, Managing Editor, historians, administrative personnel, and software developers. Part of their role will involve overseeing the ongoing development and expansion of the DRH project, some software development, some statistical analyses and associated reports and papers, and advising project leaders as required. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on and learn cutting edge technologies and cutting edge statistical and machine learning techniques under the mentorship of Dr Muthukrishna (B. Engineering in Software, DRH Technical Director). This role would be ideal for someone wanting to transition to a career in Data Science or who wants to write papers that employ data science skills.

The successful candidate will have or be close to completing a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Psychology, Anthropology, Biology, Economics). They must have advanced knowledge of statistics / data science, and intermediate programming in relevant languages (Python, R, C++, HTML/CSS/JS).

Training or a relevant degree in computer science, software engineering, computer systems engineering, operational research, information technology, or similar; experience with web technologies (in particular Django, React, node.js, Docker, Ansible, AWS); and previous experience in a similar position or equivalent qualifications is highly valued. The successful candidate will also have excellent written and verbal communication and organisational skills.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

The interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held on 21st May 2018 between 08:30 and 17:30.

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail:

The closing date for receipt of applications is 7 May 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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