Social Science Prediction Platform

Pre-doctoral fellow / research assistant

Toronto, Canada


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Job description: The Social Science Prediction Platform is an online platform that enables researchers to collect ex ante forecasts of what their studies will find. These forecasts can be useful in a number of applications, some of which are summarized in this Science Policy Forum piece. 

Profs. Stefano DellaVigna (UC Berkeley) and Eva Vivalt (University of Toronto) are seeking a pre-doctoral research associate to assist with the Social Science Prediction Platform and be an integral part of the team. The position will be full-time and last for a minimum of one year with the possibility of extension. The Fellow will be based in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto. Work authorization in Canada, whether by citizenship or an open work permit, is strictly required. Past research assistants working with Eva Vivalt on other projects have subsequently gained admission to top PhD programs in Economics and Political Science.

Duties may include:

  • Designing and testing forecasting surveys for randomized controlled trials in a number of fields, including behavioral economics, development economics, experimental economics, and labor economics;
  • Identifying candidate projects that would particularly benefit from the collection of forecasts;
  • Liaising with researchers at other universities regarding their projects;
  • Cleaning data related to the project;
  • Participating in weekly team meetings with the PIs and other staff.

Minimum required education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or a related field;
  • Excellent communication skills in English.

Preferred education and experience:

  • Previous research experience, such as through past research assistantships or an independent research project;
  • Strong quantitative background;
  • Experience with Qualtrics survey software;
  • Experience with a programming language such as Stata, R, or Python;
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field.

Start date: as soon as possible

Location: Toronto, Canada

How to apply: please e-mail a CV to Eva Vivalt at eva.vivalt@utoronto.ca with the subject line “Pre-doctoral fellowship”.

Deadline: August 9, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Time commitment: Not specified

Applications due: 2022-08-09

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  • Created by Eva Vivalt
  • Submitted 22 Jul
  • Last updated 22 Jul