Apply Now Clicking "Apply Now" opens the link in a new window.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Behavioral Scientist to play an active role in the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG), a strategic initiative managed by the Office of Academic Innovation (AI). This new position applies behavioral science to online learning and will operate as part of a new online learning team within Academic Innovation.
  • Academic Innovation’s work is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics, and digital infrastructure at scale, AI aims to transform the way we educate and engage our residential students. For more information about AI please visit
  • DIG (one of AI’s labs) applies behavioral science, design, and development expertise in support of digital education tools and technologies to find pathways to enable personalization at scale at the University of Michigan and beyond. 
  • The Digital Education and Innovation Lab (DEIL) (another of AI’s labs) is a collaborative learning space to create new programs and online courses, experiment with digital tools and platforms, explore media production capabilities, and discover new pedagogical techniques.
The behavioral scientist will report to our Lead Behavioral Scientist and collaborate closely with other members of DIG’s behavioral science team as well as the rest of the new online learning team (which includes a graphic designer, and a developer). The behavioral scientist will also work closely with members of DEIL -- including learning experience designers, media specialists, faculty, and other university partners -- on initiatives in the Lab's portfolio of online courses for global and lifelong learners. This position will help to advance U-M’s leadership role as a pioneer in online education and personalized learning. 


  • Incorporate the principles of experimental behavioral science into online learning tools and solutions (such as MOOCs or massive open online courses).
  • Design, develop, and test behavioral interventions within the framework of online learning tools in an agile, iterative manner.
  • Collaborate closely with the DIG behavioral science team to strategize and brainstorm behavioral science solutions across the portfolio of Academic Innovation’s projects.
  • Collaborate with the DEIL team and the Online Learning Team to enhance the behavioral impact of AI online learning tools and communications.
  • Interact with various stakeholders as needed, including AI analytics and research teams, end users, and technology partners.
  • Consult with UM students, faculty, and staff to inform new solutions and approaches.
  • Collaborate with designers and developers to envision and iterate behavioral interventions.
  • Employ a pragmatic approach which appreciates the trade-off between a perfect solution and a working solution.
  • Work closely with teams to solve problems, transfer knowledge, and develop overall product design, where required.
  • Work with and mentor student fellows assisting with various aspects of online learning and behavioral science.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in a field related to behavioral science 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply the principles of behavior change, marketing, and user research to innovative behavior change interventions 
  • Experience implementing all stages of intervention design (definition of goals, theoretical grounding, design, construction, delivery, impact research, and reporting)
  • Experience applying behavioral science strategies to online environments, including interventions, messaging, assessments, and engagement 
  • Strong verbal and visual communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and collaborative environment 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of more than one team

Desired Qualifications*

  • Have participated in the successful development of early stage software projects from the idea phase, through scaling up for eventual launch, and into sustained support
  • Experience applying survey and interview methodologies of user experience to design of behavioral interventions

Additional Information

Excellent benefits are available. For details, see
Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.
This is a three year, term-limited position. 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.