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Fellows & Associates, Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (3/20/15)

We are excited to announce that the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) is currently seeking exceptionally qualified individuals to serve as Fellows and Associates.

SBST works across the federal government to apply findings and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to help the policies, programs, and operations of government better serve the nation. SBST has partnered with federal agencies to design and test the impact of behaviorally-informed interventions within programs and policies using rapid, rigorous, and low-cost methods.

Click HERE for further details on the team (also here for blog about our work), responsibilities and qualifications of Associates and Fellows, and details on how to apply for this unique opportunity. The deadline to submit an application is 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to with any questions.

Senior Data Scientist, Netflix (1/30/15)

Data, Analytics, and Algorithms
Senior Data Scientist - Content Models & Algorithms

Data Science and Engineering

Beverly Hills, CA

Netflix is seeking an outgoing, curious, interdisciplinary analytics expert to focus on mathematical models and algorithm research for our Content organization.

Netflix is revolutionizing Internet television. We deliver over a billion streaming views per month of movies and TV shows across more than 40 countries. Our Content organization meticulously designs the Netflix catalog based on titles that are available to license as well as award-winning original content such as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black". The challenge is formidable: to satisfy the varied and deeply personal entertainment tastes of our 50+ million members.

In this role, you will help Netflix tackle this challenge by innovating mathematical models to optimize our movie and TV show libraries. As part of our 'Science and Algorithms' group, you will leverage our ever-growing goldmine of streaming data to identify characteristics of an "ideal" content library, predict demand for titles that Netflix does not have, determine the customer impact of adding or losing sets of content, and even help identify the next original series we should target. Your models will have a direct impact on our customers by helping to provide them with movies and TV shows they will love.

This role will be based out of the Beverly Hills, CA office.

- Passion for learning and innovating new methodologies in the intersection of applied math / probability / statistics / computer science. Proficient at translating unstructured business problems into an abstract mathematical framework.
- PhD or MS degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Machine Learning, Operations Research, CS, Econometrics or related field.
- 4+ years relevant experience with a proven track record of leveraging analytics and large amounts of data to drive significant business impact.
- Expertise in predictive analytics/statistical modeling/data mining algorithms. Must have knowledge/experience in some/all of the following: Multivariate Regression, Logistic Regression, Support Vector Machines, Bagging, Boosting, Decision Trees, Lifetime analysis, common clustering algorithms, Optimization, Stochastic Processes.
- Ability to make intelligent approximations of mathematical models in order to make them practical and scalable.
- Proficiency in at least one statistical analysis tool such as R, SAS, and/or Weka.
- Above average capabilities with SQL.
- Experience with distributed databases and query languages like Hive/Pig/Sawzall and/or general map reduce computing is a plus.
- Knowledge of common data structures and ability to write efficient code in at least one language is a plus (preferably Java, C++, Python, or Perl).
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to describe the logic and implications of a complex model to all types of business partners.

You will have the opportunity to impact the business in a meaningful way. You will have the freedom to innovate, solve interesting problems and influence in a fast paced, exciting environment. You will work with smart people who love to solve hard problems, and who not only expect, but also foster high performance. For a more in-depth look into our culture, check out

Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, Oxford BSG (12/5/14)

Post: Associate Professorship (or Professorship) in Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Department: University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government

The Post: Overview

Applications are invited for an academic faculty position in Behavioural Science and Public Policy within the newly established Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) at the University of Oxford. This post is an excellent opportunity to join and contribute to the development of a new and ambitious school of public policy at one of the world’s leading universities.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar and teacher whose expertise lies within the
broad field of applied behavioural science and public policy. He or she will have a track record of world class, applied research on the behavioural aspects of public policy.

The successful candidate will undertake research and scholarship on the behavioural aspects of public policy, teach in the Master of Public Policy degree, supervise MPP and doctoral research students, and help develop and teach upon the School’s programme of short courses.

He or she will join the academic faculty of the BSG and benefit from a non-tutorial fellowship at
Pembroke College.

As a member of the BSG’s faculty, the post-holder will have a £5,000 annual research allowance. In
addition, as a Fellow of Pembroke College, she or he will be entitled to the following benefits: a taxable and pensionable housing allowance (currently £7,575 per annum); assistance with house purchases (the arrangements for which are currently under review); free lunches and dinners when the College kitchens are open (they are at present closed for 5 days at Christmas); membership of a private health care plan that includes dependants up to the age of 21; an entertainment allowance (currently £200 pa); and funds of up to £1,515 per annum for business-related expenses.

Staff may apply to spend up to 30 working days in each year on projects outside their employment
duties, such as consultancy, spin-out activity and membership of research councils and other bodies.
There is no limit to the amount of money which staff may earn from these activities without deduction
from salary.

The post-holder will be eligible for sabbatical leave at full pay. One term of sabbatical leave is generally available for each six terms of qualifying service.

The University of Oxford uses the grade of associate professor for most of its senior academic
appointments. Associate professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition of
distinction exercises for award of the title of full professor. This promotion in status, which brings an
enhanced salary, is dependent on merit and does not normally occur until after reappointment to
retirement. In exceptional cases, where the candidate has previously established an academic standing at an appropriate level of distinction, the title of full professor may be awarded at the time of

The post is tenable from 1 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. It is a full-time appointment and may not be held in conjunction with another job.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon (UK time) on 29 October 2014. For further information
about how to apply, see the relevant section below. Informal enquires about the post may be emailed to

Behavioral Sciences Specialist, USAID (posted 12/5/14)


JOB TITLE: Behavioral Sciences, Uptake and Adoption Specialist SERIES & GRADE: GS­0301­14
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 14­LAB­0028 (Lab­25) SALARY RANGE: $106,263 to $138,136
OPEN PERIOD: Open until filled.
POSITION INFORMATION: Full­time appointment in the Excepted Service NTE 2 years, which may be extended up to an additional 2 years.

This position is located in the Global Development Lab (Lab), Center for Global Solutions. The purpose of the Lab is to harness the power of science, technology, innovation and partnership (STIP) to significantly accelerate the achievement of foreign policy and development goals. The Lab is organized around 5 centers (Data, Analysis and Research; Development Innovation; Global Solutions; Transformational Partnerships; and Mission Engagement and Operations) and to offices with cross­functional responsibilities (Officer of Evaluation and Impact Assessment and the Office of Engagement and Communications). The Lab’s goal is to produce breakthroughs that truly bend the curve.
Using this vision as the foundation, the Lab will drive the kind of systematic changes that are needed to accelerate improvements in development methodology. The Lab will achieve this vision through a two­part mission: 1) produce breakthrough development innovations; and 2) accelerate the transformation of the U.S. development enterprise.

The Behavior Sciences Specialist will provide technical support to Agency efforts to increase uptake and adoption of proven technologies/solutions, bringing expertise in behavior change, local systems, and how to build demand for innovations, services and technologies in specific markets. S/he will conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from development projects to identify successful or promising practices that can resolve issues relating to market­specific uptake of new products or services. The employee will also work to directly design and implement components of an overall plan to support the technology/solution rapidly reaching, and ultimately improving the lives of millions of people in multiple countries and regions. The specialist will, as appropriate, design projects, manage multi­stakeholder teams, engage with internal and external actors to increase collective action, and develop and disseminate guidance and tools to build capacity across the Agency.

● US Citizens; must be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret Level
● Degree in Behavioral Science, Marketing Or Sociology; advanced degree preferred.
● 7­10 years of cumulative experience implementing and evaluating development projects, especially those based overseas
● 5 + years of progressive experience with user centered design practices and service design.
● Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical and evaluation methods.
● 5+ years of experience working with senior management in public and private sector organizations across the globe to build partnerships and alliances

To apply, email your resume to mailbox. Veteran’s applicants must include DD­214, VA Letter, or a Standard Form (SF) 15, if claiming preference eligibility. Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. For more information please see link at:

Your application package MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, December 5th, 2014, the closing date of this announcement.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents submitted are legible and accurate.

Please Note: The USAID Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows Program is not designed to lead to permanent federal employment and does not convey preference in seeking such employment. Nor does it convey the ability to convert non­competitively to a competitive service federal position.

You will be evaluated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position); along with your submitted documentation to determine you qualify for the position. Well Qualified applicants who meet the qualifications requirements outlined in this vacancy announcement will be referred to the selecting official.


Relocation Expenses: USAID cannot provide relocation expenses, nor can it provide or fund accommodations in Washington, DC during the Program.

Security Clearance: USAID will pay for any security investigations and clearance. Applicants cover costs for fingerprinting, document preparation and mailing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain a security clearance when applicable. The security clearance will be processed prior to the start of the Program. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. Candidates do not have to have a security clearance before applying.

Official In­Service Travel: Once the Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows begins service, USAID may choose to send the Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows on official domestic or international travel. There is no promise or guarantee of such travel. If there is such travel, USAID will fund it, including transportation, lodging and per diem.

Benefits: A Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows that is appointed for more than 12 months is entitled to the same benefits as competitive civil service employees. A fellow appointed for 12 months or less is not entitled to receive benefits. You can review our benefits at

Reasonable Accommodation Policy:

Additional information about the USAID Distinguished Global Development Lab Fellows Program can be directed to:
US Agency for International Development Office of Human Resources (OHR)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004