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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Behavioural Research Unit

Economic and Social Research Institute - ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work in its Behavioural Research Unit (BRU). Candidates will be considered from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to behavioural economics, experimental psychology and decision science. This is a 3-year fixed term position.

The Institute

The ESRI, founded in 1960, is located in Dublin’s South Docklands area. Our mission is to produce high quality research, relevant to Ireland’s economic and social development, with the aim of contributing to knowledge and informing policymaking and public debate. We have over 100 staff including economists, sociologists, psychologists and other social scientists, in addition to support and technical staff.

The Behavioural Research Unit

The Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) is a team of behavioural economists and experimental psychologists that carries out behavioural research for government departments and agencies. The BRU deploys a broad range of research methods, but specialises in designing and conducting laboratory, online and field experiments to diagnose policy problems and test potential solutions. Much of the BRU’s work focuses on behaviours linked to environmental, health and financial outcomes. Candidates are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the BRU’s research output at www.esri.ie/bru.

Role Description

The job is to design, programme and conduct experiments tailored to the investigation of decisions and behaviours of relevance to policy. The post requires strong quantitative and experimental research skills, including experimental design, software programming, data collection, analysis and writing. In addition, the successful candidate will interact regularly with policymakers and contribute to a team that is developing new approaches to the application of behavioural science to policy.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (completed or nearing completion)
  • A strong research record
  • Enthusiasm for applied research
  • Broad knowledge of relevant literature in applied behavioural science
  • Capability with experimental and statistical software packages and techniques
  • Excellent teamworking skills
  • Strong writing, presentation and communication skills

Location

ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2. Applicants should note that staff have the option of working remotely from their home in Ireland on a ‘blended’ basis with a minimum requirement of one day per week (or as business requires) based in the ESRI office.   This arrangement is running on a pilot basis. Full details will be provided at interview.

Terms & Application Procedure

The role is full-time (35 hours per week - standard working hours are 09.30-17.30, Monday – Friday; flexible working hours are supported). Appointments will be on a three-year, fixed-term contract basis and starting salary will be €47,825, which is the first point of the ESRI Administrative Officer Higher salary scale. 

The ESRI is currently conducting selection processes via videoconference (MS Teams or Zoom).

To apply for this position please click on the 'Apply' button above. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 21 June. 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.

Location: Dublin - Ireland, Hybrid
Salary: €47,825
£41,597.99 converted salary* (Starting salary)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th June 2024
Closes: 21st June 2024
   
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