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Behavioral Scientist (Short-Term, Contract) – BIT US

About the Behavioral Insights Team

The Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) is a leading social impact consulting organization. We believe that if you understand how people make decisions in the real world, you can design and deliver better policies and services. At BIT, we work towards the development of programs and policies that serve people more efficiently and effectively, and we are particularly focused on serving populations who have not benefited fully from existing approaches. For example, we seek to increase uptake of government services among vulnerable communities, such as primary care for low-income families, job search support for people who have lost their jobs, or counseling for victims of intimate partner violence. We have run more than 1000 projects to date, including over 700 randomized controlled trials in dozens of countries.

The assignment

The Behavioral Insights Team US is looking for Behavioral Science Contractors to work on a variety of projects and help us in our mission to improve people’s lives and communities.

This is a remote opportunity based in the United States.

Some of the things you might work on:

Applied behavioral science

  • Identify relevant literature or concepts from the behavioral sciences to address client and social impact challenges
  • Review and summarize literature and evidence
  • Define a target behavior to best achieve social impact outcomes
  • Identify relevant behavioral barriers and enablers to the target behavior
  • Generate behavioral interventions and solution concepts
  • Conduct the detailed design of behavioral interventions (e.g., drafting language, laying out a revised process, etc)

Policy expertise (e.g., Health, Sustainability, Education, Labor, etc) 

  • Provide advice to teams on the US policy context (at federal, state, or local levels) and key behavioral challenges in a given policy area
  • Review and comment on deliverables (e.g., research findings, intervention concepts, evaluation protocols) related to a given policy context
  • Draft deliverables (e.g., research findings, next steps) tailored to and suitable for a particular policy context

Qualitative research methods 

  • Design qualitative research protocols
  • Conduct interviews, focus groups, or observations related to behavioral topics
  • Code and analyze qualitative data
  • Write research findings, conclusions, and next steps presentations on the basis of qualitative research

Quantitative research methods

  • Develop the experimental design and evaluation protocols for RCTs and/or QEDs
  • Conduct randomizations, power calculations, descriptive and multiple regression analysis in Stata
  • Conduct interviews and report on interview findings
  • Create data visualizations
  • Analyze the types of interventions available, categorizing them as evidence-based, promising with some evidence, and theoretically interesting/impactful
  • Write Evidence Review Findings Report

Design methods

  • Conduct behavioral mapping or journey mapping
  • Create prototypes and a user testing protocol
  • Conduct user testing
  • Write up findings and recommendations on the basis of user testing
  • Advise on solution design


  • 3+ years experience working (or studying) in the field of behavioral science
  • 3+ years experience in one or multiple of the above areas
  • Demonstrated prior experience completing some of the above-named deliverables with minimal guidance or coaching
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is a plus

The Behavioral Insights Team is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or because an employee or applicant is a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with The Behavioral Insights Team will be passed on to The Behavioral Insights Team for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee/contractor. For full details on how BIT collects and uses your personal data please visit our website.

CCPA Notice

Categories of personal data collected by Behavioral Insights Team US:

  • BIT may collect employee or consultant names, addresses, telephone numbers, mobile numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license or state identification numbers, bank account information, dependent and beneficiary information (names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers) and other similar contact information and identifiers.
  • Characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law.
  • Internet or other electronic network activity information.
  • Professional and employment-related information.
  • Educational history.

The purposes of this personal data collection:

BIT may use personal information for the following purposes:

  • Collect and process employment applications, including confirming eligibility for employment, background and related checks, and onboarding
  • Employee benefit plan and program design and administration
  • Processing payroll and employee benefit plan and program administration including enrollment and claims handling
  • Maintaining personnel records and record retention requirements
  • Communicating with employees and/or employees’ emergency contacts and plan beneficiaries
  • Complying with applicable and relevant laws
  • Business management
  • Preventing unauthorized access to or use of the Firm’s property, including the Firm’s information systems, electronic devices, network, and data
  • Ensuring employee productivity and adherence to the Firm’s policies
  • Investigating complaints, grievances, and suspected violations of the Firm’s policies
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