Behavioral Researcher

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time


Common Cents is a behavioral lab focused on increasing the financial well-being of low-to-moderate income households.   

The goal is to take behavioral insights out of the lab and into product development. This is truly a unique concept, blending academic rigor and rapid prototyping to create research driven, market viable solutions. The team is looking for someone to drive research from start to finish and help execute on the Common Cents ambitious 2017 goals.

Roles and Responsibilities

As a behavioral scientist you will underpin a wide range of projects around creating  financial decision making interventions. You will collaborate with senior researchers to lead different aspects of projects and will also undertake discrete pieces of work (such as partner sessions, literature reviews or scoping out various aspects on projects).  In addition, you will be responsible for communicating and reporting our research findings.

Key projects may include:

  • Drive the design and implementation of controlled interventions
  • Conduct frequent MTurk studies to pre-test initial hypothesis
  • Work hand in hand with fintech companies to drive behavioral interventions from start to finish.
  • Devise research and testing propositions to serve as a focal point for partnerships.
  • Find and recruit potential research partners and organizations
  • Analyze and summarize data sets from intervention research (ideally in R, SPSS, Python, or Excel Ninja)
  • Design clever quant surveys to launch in support of intervention designs
  • Write thought-papers on financial decision making
  • Create materials for our key stakeholders summarizing our key research findings and projects
  • Ensure behavioural science theory is consistently applied to all our clients’ work
  • Keep abreast of the newest findings on human decision-making
  • Contribute to creative ideas sessions and planning meetings

Required Skills

We are searching for someone with a mix of applied and academic experience.  

  • At least 2+ years of work experience in banking, consulting, or applied research
  • Ideally a background in behavioural science built up through industry experience or through appropriate academic qualifications, such as an MSc or PhD in Social Psychology, Behavioural Economics, Organisational Behavior, Management Sciences, Behavioural Marketing, or a related academic discipline from a leading university.
  • Knowledge of a major statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Stata, Python, or R.).
  • Experience using survey tools such as Qualtrics and mTurk
  • Well-developed teamwork and collaborative abilities, and strong communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills; As a part of a small team you will need to be reliable and willing to take responsibility for the small details of projects, meetings and daily routines
  • Experience running randomized controlled trials in field setting
  • Enthusiastic, positive and humble
  • Able to quickly build rapport and form relationships
  • Highly results-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Appetite and ability to learn fast under own initiative and confidence in tackling new areas


  • Autonomy! With some constraints, you can choose your projects!
  • Impact! Every project we do is with the goal of making a real impact on people’s lives.
  • Access! You will have access to some of the most regarded people in the field, including our founder Dan Ariely
  • Humor! We are funny, at least we think we are [awkward pause]
  • Benefits! We have great benefits - including health, vision, dental, and 401(k) matching

NOTE: All applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.