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Behavioural Science Researcher at CoGo

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  • Remote
  • fulltime
  • ₤30000 - ₤45000 per year


Location: Wellington, NZ, or NZ/AU/UK remote

Contract: Full time, with flexible hours and options for part time 

Start Date: ASAP

Recruitment Closing Date:  31.10.2021

Reports to: Head of Insights, NZ based 


CoGo’s goal is to help consumers align the money they spend with their environmental and social values. We believe this provides consumers with a voice by allowing them to vote with their wallet, and helping businesses that are taking positive environmental and ethical actions to maximise the ROI of these initiatives. 


Over the last 12 months we have developed and launched a world changing carbon footprint calculator, allowing our users to see the carbon impact of their purchase in real-time, by plugging into their banking transaction data via the UK’s Open Banking Standards. This has been launched in Beta in the UK, and New Zealand. 


CoGo is on a high growth trajectory. In New Zealand and the UK we are partnering with major high street banks and retailers bringing a massive growth in our user base through our consumer app and the development of an API product. We are continuing to develop our core features, alongside some of the world's leading experts, including our carbon  footprint calculator, behavioral nudge framework, and ethical recommendation engine. 

CoGo’s purpose is enabling everyone to join together to create and fairer and more sustainable world. Individuals and businesses are looking to be part of the solution - and CoGo is here to lead this change.


Let’s go change the world - let’s CoGo!



CoGo understands that living sustainably will require behaviour change among many of us. Often, information alone is not enough to get people to change their behaviours. CoGo applies behavioural science concepts and experimentation to empower users to close this value-action gap. In this role, you will be responsible for conducting research about people’s values, beliefs, goals, worldviews, and motivations, and their impact on their behaviour and decision making with regards to sustainable lifestyles.  


The role will report to the Head of Insights and work collaboratively with the product team and other departments.


As part of a small team you’ll have a large impact on the direction of the app and the future growth of CoGo.


The day to day responsibilities include:


  • Gain a deep understanding of the CoGo Community’s behaviour and attitudes in relation to adopting a sustainable lifestyle 
  • Advise the product team and the UX research team on designing our product based on behavioural science concepts
  • Design experiments and testable hypothesis and apply behavioural science theory in the realm of sustainable lifestyle choices 
  • Manage our behavioural science experimentation roadmap and document results to grow our understanding in this space 
  • Align the behavioural science experiments with the product development roadmap 
  • Foster a close working relationship with the product team 
  • Support other departments such as marketing, sales & communications with our learned behavioural science insights


Do you have a passion for sustainability and are fascinated by the psychology behind human decision making? Do you want to be part of a team that uses technology to help people live in line with their environmental values and beliefs? If so, we want to hear from you. 


We are looking for a highly motivated social scientist to join our insights team. The ideal candidate has a background in sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics or any other areas related to human behaviour, ideally with some experience applying research in a non-academic setting. 




  • Research experience: A Postgraduate qualification in social science with experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research. This might include doing literature reviews, identifying appropriate evaluation techniques, using randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental research design, and mixed methods. 
  • Know the science: Interest in and knowledge of the literature on human behaviour and decision making. 
  • Ethics & Project Management: Background in experimental design, human research ethics, and managing research projects.
  • Statistics: Demonstrable knowledge of theory and practice of statistical concepts. Power calculations, descriptive statistics, data visualisations, general linear model, factor analysis.  Statistical software skills (R or Python). 
  • Communication: Excellent written and oral skills for presenting to non-technical audiences. The ability to produce clear, concise, professional, and useful outputs including reports and briefs. Excellent interpersonal skills for working collaboratively in teams. 


If you like what you are reading and have some questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing



CoGo is committed to providing a flexible working environment, including flexible arrangements to fit around childcare and family life such as flexible working hours and remote working.


CoGo is an active member of the Tech Talent Charter, and is committed to helping deliver diversity in the technology sector. 


CoGo operates full pay transparency across the company and is committed to equal pay opportunities. 


The salary range for this role is £30,000-£45,000k (UK Based) or $60,000-$85,000 (NZ Based), depending on skills and experience. 


CoGo has a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. All other tools will be provided by CoGo. Please discuss details of this with the hiring manager. 


We are proud to encourage a friendly, open and transparent culture at CoGo and we make sure our amazing team is supported at all times. Here are some of our ever growing list of benefits: 


  • 5 weeks leave plus public holidays,
  • Unlimited sick leave
  • An extra day off on your birthday
  • An extra day off after each year of service with CoGo
  • A paid volunteering day each year, for you to support your chosen charity or cause
  • Extra holiday when you avoid flying
  • Wellbeing and development fund


CoGo’s company values are: Mission Driven, Trust and Transparency, Lead with Integrity, Together We Grow. 




PLEASE NOTE: To apply you must be currently entitled to work in the UK, NZ or Australia.


Please apply through BambooHR using the link above by COB 31st of October 2021 with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to join the team at CoGo. 


  • We’ll aim to reply to your application within 7 days from the closing date of this role. 
  • We may then schedule a short call to clarify anything in your application, and make sure that our expectations are aligned
  • We’ll then schedule a 1 hour interview with you
  • There may be a follow up interview if we feel we need more time to get to know each other 


We can't wait to receive your application and hear why you're excited to come change the world with us!

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