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Postdoctoral Scholar for the Behavioral Decision Making Group

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Application Window

Open date: December 12, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

UCLA Anderson anticipates hiring up to 3 postdoctoral fellows to join the Behavioral Decision Making area in the summer of 2023, in an initiative to promote career growth and broad impact for scientists interested in innovative, rigorous, and applied behavioral science research. Each fellowship will have a term of up to 3 years, conditional on satisfactory annual evaluations of research activity.

These positions are designed to support skilled scientists in making behavioral research contributions that can substantially advance both theory and practice in human judgment, decision making, and other domains of behavior (including, but not limited to, research in equity, diversity, and inclusion; ethics; conflict; and human motivation). Before starting this position, fellows must have their PhD (or at least a successful dissertation defense) in a discipline related to behavioral science (e.g., social or cognitive psychology, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, public health), demonstrable skill in advancing behavioral research, and a readiness to partner with real-world organizations on research in naturalistic settings. Candidates may add further value with a commitment to the success and mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations, with an enthusiasm for building ties across disciplines and across the university, and with experience in organizing relationships between partners in academia, policy, and commercial practice.

Once hired, successful fellows will be expected to continue their active research programs, as well as to support complementary departmental activities that promote the success of our diverse community (e.g., development of field research partnerships, mentoring and professional development for students from a broad range of backgrounds). To this end, fellows will be encouraged to work both independently and in collaborations of their choosing to enrich the empirical research contributions of the school.

Supplemental support will include a research budget, full access to the services of the Anderson Behavioral Lab, and privileged access to resources of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association.

Review of candidates for the positions will begin on February 1. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, a representative manuscript, and a research statement describing their interests (including any specific faculty collaborators and/or projects they would like to pursue as part of the fellowship). In order to receive full consideration, please submit your application materials online at

The posted UC salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See Table 23. The salary range for this position is $60,000-$71,952. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

For questions about any of these positions, please contact the BDM Area Admin Office at

If you are interested in more than one posting for a UCLA postdoctoral fellow, we encourage you to apply to all relevant postings to ensure your materials are reviewed by the appropriate faculty members

The Behavioral Decision Making (BDM) area at UCLA Anderson is home to researchers interested in the study of human judgment and decision making behavior, broadly construed. Often jointly appointed in other academic areas, BDM faculty members have expertise in behavioral economics, cognitive and social psychology, marketing, organizational behavior, behavioral finance, behavioral strategy, and public policy, among other disciplines. Core faculty include: Daniel Benjamin, Eugene Caruso, Heather Caruso, Keith Chen, Hengchen Dai, Craig Fox, Jana Gallus, Noah Goldstein, Kareem Haggag, Joyce He, Hal Hershfield, Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Ian Larkin, Alicea Liberman, Kathleen Ngangoué, Franklin Shaddy, Margaret Shih, Sanjay Sood, Stephen Spiller, Sherry Wu, and Shi Zhang, and affiliated faculty in related academic areas at UCLA (e.g., Miguel Unzueta, Professor of Management and Organizations). Area faculty also create productive channels for research support and partnership through various affiliations, including those with NBER, ideas42, BSPA, several governmental “nudge units,” and others.

More information on the group and our activities is available at the website for the UCLA Anderson BDM Area.

Located in an urban setting, UCLA is California’s largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 25% that come from underrepresented minority groups. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to the success of underrepresented groups in behavioral science.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or at least a successful dissertation defense) in a discipline related to behavioral science (e.g., social or cognitive psychology, economics, organizational behavior, public policy, public health)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Representative Manuscript - Provide a manuscript (either published or unpublished) you have contributed to that best represents your research interests

  • Statement of Research - Please indicate any faculty members in the BDM area at Anderson that you would be interested in working with.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

Letter of recommendation will be reviewed as part of the application package.

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Campus Information

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA