Senior Applied Behavioral Scientist

Toyota Research Institute

Toyota Research Institute

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2023
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in human-centric AI, energy and materials, machine learning, and robotics.
TRI’s Carbon Neutrality Department within our Human-Centered AI (HCAI) Division blends behavioral science, human-computer interaction research, and machine learning to understand, predict and enable carbon-neutral behavior. We are looking for a Sr. Applied Behavioral Scientist to work collaboratively with product owners and leads across Toyota groups to craft products, policies, and strategies through our department’s research as well as through insights from behavioral science concepts and approaches.


  • Collaborate cross-functionally with software engineers, product leaders, user experience researchers, and designers to evaluate current roadmaps, products, and strategies to find opportunities to apply behavioral science concepts and principles to improve products and processes.
  • Design interventions to incorporate behavioral science recommendations.
  • Conduct exploratory analyses to identify areas of opportunity.
  • Design and analyze experiments to test proposed interventions.
  • Conduct literature reviews to identify behavioral science concepts and apply them to business challenges.
  • Collaborate with scientists in the Carbon Neutrality Department to shape our research program and to communicate research to Toyota partners.
  • Co-define the vision and strategy for Applied Behavioral Science with the Carbon Neutrality Department and HCAI leadership.


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavioral Economics or a related field.
  • Strong interest and experience in applying behavioral science concepts and principles in partnership with product teams.
  • Broad knowledge of behavioral science concepts and theories.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of statistics and data analysis common to the field of behavioral science
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Great teammate.
  • Appetite to learn across functions.
  • Strong data science skills with Proficiency in R and/or Python.
  • Experienced in other big data languages and tools (e.g. SQL, Hive, PySpark) is a plus.
  • Ability to lead multi-functional projects.
  • Expertise in any of the following areas is a plus: intervention/behavior change, affective science, social psychology, consumer behavior.
  • Interest and capability to communicate, written and verbal, with collaborators unfamiliar with behavioral science.
The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $184,000-$264,500/year for California-based roles; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Note that TRI offers a generous benefits package (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave) and an annual cash bonus structure. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.
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