Research Assistant in Behavioral Philanthropy

Job Description & Qualification

In the context of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations Chair in Behavioral Philanthropy, the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) and the Geneva Center for Philantropy (GCP), inter- disciplinary research centers hosted by the University of Geneva, are recruiting a full-time Doctoral Student for a Research Assistant position over a period of three years, starting as soon as possible.

The Behavioral Philanthropy Chair uses insights from behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and philosophy to better characterize philanthropic behavior in order to make philanthropy more efficient and appealing.

The successful candidate will take an active role in designing and conducting behavioral and/or neuroimaging and/or brain stimulation research projects aimed at investigating the motives that drive philanthropy, working with Professor Giuseppe Ugazio and other GFRI and GCP researchers, as well as having the opportunity to interact closely with several philanthropic foundations, in particular with the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. The candidate will also actively participate in teaching activities in courses in the area of behavioral approaches to philanthropy and other topics (such as finance or morality) as well as business ethics.


Candidates should hold (or expect) a Master degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, economics, finance, or computer science). Previous research experience and an interest in computational modelling of behavior and/or neural data would be advantageous. Teaching experience is a plus but not required. The position is available as soon as possible for a duration of three years (yearly rolling renewal).

Application Procedure

Applications should be sent electronically and include a CV, cover letter, a 2 pages max. research statement, and the names and email addresses of up to three referees. Please send the materials to with “PhD Behavioral Philanthropy” in the email subject line.

About the Organization

The Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) is a multidisciplinary institute based at the University of Geneva that focuses on two main research topics in finance: “Portfolio Management” and “Finance and Society”.

Its research themes thus emphasize on the one hand, the role that Geneva, as a financial center, plays in Portfolio Management and on the other, the benefits and externalities that finance displays for society at large. The GFRI research is multidisciplinary and builds on synergies between the University of Geneva Faculties of Economy and Management, Law and Psychology and Educational Sciences. These collaborations have enabled GFRI to recently expand in two new research areas: neuro-finance and sustainable finance.

The GFRI faculty is a very diversified international team of professors who are primarily dedicated to publishing cutting-edge research in top–finance journals, but they also engage in high level education in finance as well as in knowledge transfer activities such as conferences, seminars and public debates on a broad range of finance topics.

Additional Information

For more information please contact Professor Giuseppe Ugazio directly at: Please note, do not submit your application to this email address but only questions regarding the position itself.

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Job ID

ID: J4949