CESS China Experimental Scientist

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

The Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) seeks to appoint an Experimental Scientist contractor based in CESS China at Nankai University, Tianjin, China. CESS China has two fully networked computer labs that are used by a wide range of social scientists to run experiments for research in diverse social science disciplines. CESS China also works with the CESS Online operation to offer interactive large-scale experiments implemented with subjects from the CESS China subject pool, on a WeChat app platform.

The Experimental Scientist will be part of the CESS network of experimental scientists who are located in Oxford, Santiago in Chile, Pune in India, and Tianjin in China, and she or he will work closely with the CESS worldwide team. Duties include assisting with the development of the CESS Online platforms, developing online and lab subject pools, advising and assisting researchers in programming experiments, and promoting CESS China and experimental social sciences in China. This opportunity would be ideal for individuals with a strong technical background trained in computer science or experimental programming and data analysis. A familiarity with experimental methods is desirable although not necessary.

Candidates should hold a Master's (or higher) degree in Computer Science or in a related applied field. 

The Experimental Scientist will have fluent spoken and written English and excellent spoken and written Chinese.  She or he will have experience of programming experiments in z-Tree and oTree (Python), and in at least one other programming language, such as JavaScript. The Experimental Scientist will be familiar with software designed for recruiting and managing subject pool databases, including customized software such as ORSEE or HROOT, and will have experience of working with SQL or MongoDB databases, and with social media mobile applications such as WeChat. She or he will possess a good knowledge of networks, servers, and clients; excellent oral and written communication skills; and will be able to demonstrate excellent organizational and time-management skills.

Experience of conducting social science lab experiments; of working with basic web technologies, such as HTML and CSS, as well as more complex technologies such as PHP; and of using statistical analysis software (such as R and Stata) would be an advantage.

The Experimental Scientist will be contracted to work for 110 hours per month (minimum 25 hours per week), at a rate of £15.00 per hour. The contract is available from 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter and is fixed-term for one year in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.

Further particulars are available here:

Further Particulars 


Applications consisting of a two-page description of the applicant’s research training, experience and motivation and how these meet the requirements of the position, and a CV including the names and e-mail addresses of two academic or professional referees, should be sent via e-mail as a single .pdf attachment, to CESS@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates may be invited for interview in advance of the closing date. Candidates who would like to be interviewed at the ASSA conference in Philadelphia should submit applications by January 1, 2018.

If a candidate is invited to an interview before the closing date, we may contact referees directly before the deadline.   

Nuffield College exists to promote excellence in education and research, and is an equal opportunities employer committed to equality and valuing diversity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, from disabled people, and from black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in posts in the College.