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Fwd: [d-ssc] BC Public Service Career Opportunity-Behavioural Scientist

This ad seems to be pointed at Social Scientists but the qualifications include a heavy dose of statistics; they may well have trouble filling it with a social scientist.  If a statistician applies for this they should take a good look at “fixed effects analysis” and SEM (structural equation modelling) before any interview and maybe before writing their cover letter.

Cheers, Richard

Richard Lockhart, Professor

Stat & Act Sci; Simon Fraser Univ.     
Phone:  (778) 782-3264
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6                     FAX:    (778) 782-4368
e-mail:   lockhart@sfu.ca

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From: "Arkinstall, Jennifer PSA:EX" <Jennifer.Arkinstall@gov.bc.ca>
Subject: [d-ssc] BC Public Service Career Opportunity-Behavioural Scientist
Date: March 1, 2018 at 3:04:50 PM PST

BC Public Service Agency
Behavioural Scientist
Build a rewarding career as a scientist-practitioner in the BC Public Service!

Salary: $62,000 - $86,000 annually
Are you fascinated by human behaviour and have a desire to understand what drives the habits and decisions of British Columbians? Do you have the passion and skills to solve real-world policy problems using rigorous experimental design and data analysis? If this sounds like you, we need your energy, expertise and innovative ideas to help us put the BC Behavioural Insights Group on the map!

Working closely with the Strategic Lead, Behavioural Insights Group (BIG), this new position will be responsible for leading a portfolio of behavioural insights projects. These projects will involve conducting scientifically and ethically sound experimental interventions to solve behaviour-based policy problems and then analyzing, interpreting and presenting evidence to decision-makers in the form of recommendations and policy advice. The Behavioural Scientist will have the opportunity to work across the policy spectrum in the BC Public Service, including projects in environment, healthcare, social services, natural resources, the economy, public safety and education.
Working closely with policy analysts, academic partners and client ministries on small project teams, the Behavioural Scientist will provide technical and research leadership in the application of behavioural science to a range of complex projects. The Behavioural Scientist will work to consistently deliver high quality products on time and within budget and, most importantly, to meet the needs of the client. Working with the Coordinator, Education and Outreach, the Behavioural Scientist will support the development and delivery of a suite of educational tools and products including an innovative training curriculum to build literacy and capacity in behavioural insights and research methods across the public service.

Qualifications for this role include:

·         PhD or Post Doc in psychology, economics, neuroscience or another relevant area of behavioural science, or a Master's degree in one of those areas and at least three years of experience conducting scientific research, including randomized controlled trials.

·         Statistical competency in at least one programming language (e.g., R, Stata, Matlab, SAS, SPSS) and in-depth knowledge of the assumptions, suitability, and interpretation of analytical models including, sampling error, analysis of variance and covariance, power calculations, multiple linear regression, fixed-effects analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, etc.

·         3 years of experience designing and implementing rigorous evaluation methodology, including randomized controlled trials and other experimental and quasi-experimental approaches (e.g., cluster randomized trials, step-wedge trials, difference in differences evaluation, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, etc) with an understanding of the applicability, limitations, and methodological implications of each.

For more information and to apply by March 19, 2018, please go to:



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