Behavioral Research Fellow, Kellogg School of Management 2019-04-06T14:56:02+00:00

Job description:

As a Behavioral Research Fellow, you will collaborate with faculty and PhD students at the Kellogg School of Management to work on experimental behavioral research projects. Your contributions to these research projects might span all aspects of the research life cycle: experimental development, subject recruitment, experimental deployment, and data analysis. Experiments might take place in either a laboratory or an online setting.

Applicants should have an interest in applying for a Ph.D. program in one of the social sciences and pursuing an academic research career. The ideal candidate will have: (i) a strong interest in social psychology or a similar discipline; (ii) experience working with the methodologies and software tools commonly used in psychology experiments; (iii) past experience with research, either as a research assistant or from doing independent research of one’s own.

Your research duties will vary, but they might include: reviewing literature, drafting/modifying IRB protocols, designing experiments, programming surveys or other web-based experiments, testing experiments prior to deployment, scheduling and running experiments, analyzing experimental results, and/or editing manuscripts.

Successful candidates will have completed at least bachelor’s degree by the employment start date. If selected, you will be offered a one-year appointment, with the ability to renew for one year based on performance.

Your application should include a cover letter briefly describing your career or academic goals, and you most recent college transcripts uploaded as a single document, and you most recent college transcripts uploaded as a single document.

Specific Responsibilities
Research Project Execution

  • Creates or modifies IRB proposals.
  • Schedules studies and recruits subjects for studies.
  • Set up the laboratory environment for experimental session, monitor session progress, and debrief participants as needed.
  • Manage consent and compensation documentation for participants.
  • Collaborate with faculty, PhD students, and Research Support staff to understand the experimental conditions, sampling, and measurements necessary for each research project.
  • As necessary, assist researchers with experimental design and pre-testing.
  • Program computer-based experiments using tools such as DirectRT, Qualtrics, etc.
  • Perform statistical analyses on the experimental data, and produce tables, figures, or other similar research outputs. 

Research Production

  • Might assist in drafting or revising sections of manuscripts.


  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree. 

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Knowledge of human subjects research methods;
  • Outstanding attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Experience using software packages for behavioral experiments – such as Qualtrics, DirectRT, Inquisit, and/or z-Tree;
  • The ability to work independently to solve problems; and
  • A long-term interest in pursuing research in social psychology, marketing, behavioral economics, sociology, or a related field. 

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Prior experience working as a research assistant or conducting one’s own original research. 

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience recruiting subjects for online studies using a platform such as Mechanical Turk.
  • Experience using statistical software packages such as SPSS, Stata, etc. 

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.