Harvard Decision Science Laboratory

The Harvard Decision Science Laboratory (HDSL) is a university-wide biobehavioral research facility serving investigators from a variety of disciplines exploring the science of decision making. HDSL explores critical questions such as: what factors other than rationality shape human judgment and decision-making? Our capabilities enable researchers to explore questions at the intersection of natural and social sciences.  To learn more about the lab, visit our website at: http://decisionlab.harvard.edu.

We are seeking undergraduate RAs to can assist us in screening, recruiting, and communicating with subject participants in lab experiments; setting up and running experiment sessions; coding data; providing feedback on research ideas; as well as other tasks as needed around the lab. The lab also holds practicum/workshops to teach undergraduate RAs specific skills in experimental design and analysis of experimental data including how to use the physiological equipment. We accept undergraduates from all disciplines to support our diverse pool of investigators. Participants in HDSL’s Undergraduate Research Program are also part of URS program at the IQSS. For more information see: http://decisionlab.harvard.edu/students/research_assistant_programs.


  • Interest in decision science
  • Ability to devote 8-10 hours per week at the lab
  • Attendance at practicum (normally 1 hour every two weeks)
  • Introductory course in economics and/or psychology
  • Commitment to work at least 2 consecutive semesters in the lab
  • Excellent attention to detail, punctual, reliable, and conscientious
  • Demonstrates capability to work in teams

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to the Laboratory Manager, Alki Iliopoulou, at decisionlab@harvard.edu by Sep. 30, 2017. We will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis.