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Job Title: Nine-month Fellowship
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Organization: University of Pennsylvania
Posted: 8/19/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Nutrition
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,  PA    USA
Position Description: The University of Pennsylvania's Social Norms Group led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri is looking for a research fellow to join a nine-month project with the goal of studying the factors that support child marriage, breastfeeding, and complimentary feeding in three regions of Mali. We will be using quantitative survey methods, but we will also be doing a more qualitative “fact finding” trip at the beginning of the project to inform the questions we put into the survey. The goal of the project will be to identify the factors that drive child marriage, breastfeeding, and complimentary feeding and eventually use our findings to design behavioral interventions. We are primarily looking for a social scientist who has experience building and analyzing surveys. Experience conducting research on nutrition or child marriage, especially in West African settings, is also preferred. The ability to speak French and/or Bambara (or other local languages) is also a plus, but it is not required. Finally, a masters is required, and a PhD is preferred. This position will be primarily based in Philadelphia, with occasional travel to Mali. We hope to fill this position immediately, so we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Qualifications: · Masters required, PhD preferred · Experience constructing and analyzing surveys required · Experience with nutrition research or child marriage preferred · Experience with Mali or West Africa more broadly preferred · Ability to speak French or Bambara preferred

Organization Description: Located in Philadelphia USA, The University of Pennsylvania is a leading research university, a member of the Ivy League, and the oldest university in North America. The university has faculties in the arts and sciences, medicine, law, business, education, and nursing. Penn has a long record of intellectual collaboration with and training for international organizations such as the World Bank (e.g., a business forum on the Global Crisis and African Challenges), the United Nations, and international NGOs such as the Center for Political Accountability. Penn prides itself on a tradition of interdisciplinary research. A major interdisciplinary program at Penn is the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program, which hosts the Penn Social Norms Group. PPE has dedicated faculty and postdoctoral scholars, who work on interdisciplinary themes, prominent among them the study of social norms. Within PPE, the Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab) conducts experimental studies of social norms, with the goal of devising measures of consensus and conformity that can be extended from the lab to the field. Some of the researchers involved in our projects are experts in evaluation methods, others are statisticians; we have experts in designing surveys, vignettes and field experiments, and social norms measurement experts. The economists among us can do cost effectiveness analyses of the interventions. The university is creating a new, major research center that will include the Penn Social Norms Group (Penn SONG), the Penn Workshop, the BeLab, and other organizations on campus to research norms and behavioral solutions to social challenges. These groups work together to produce novel solutions to the problem of social change.

Closing Date: 11/19/2017
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Contact Name: Peter McNally,  Nine-month Fellowship
Contact Location: 249 S 36th St

Philadelphia   PA  19104
United States
Contact Location: 249 S 36th St
  Philadelphia   PA  19104
  United States
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How to Apply: Interested applicants should email a CV, contact information for two references, a representative publication or writing sample, and a cover letter to Peter McNally (

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