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London, GB

Behavioural Research Unit Intern


About Swiss Re

Swiss Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. We anticipate and manage a wide variety of risks, from natural catastrophes and climate change to cybercrime.

At Swiss Re we combine experience with creative thinking and cutting-edge expertise to create new opportunities and solutions for our clients. This is possible thanks to the collaboration of more than 13,000 employees across the world.

We offer a flexible working environment where curious and adaptable people thrive. Are you interested in joining us?


About the Role


We currently have two exciting opportunities for two enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our Behavioural Research Unit. Our team conducts applied behavioural research projects with insurance customers and on topics such as unconscious bias, honesty, nudging and future consumer behaviour.


The successful candidates will be "self-starters" and strong communicators who can independently carry out behavioural research in the insurance setting. You will be able to think on your feet and respond quickly to instructions. You'll have a growth mindset, update and seek feedback on your work from others. You will be excellent at connecting to people, forming working collaborations and working as part of a team. You will be a proactive driver of your projects with excellent time management. You will be digitally savvy and quick to learn how to use new software tools.


You will contribute to a number of our team's projects, including implementing behavioural science to processes and services in the insurance industry, working with internal teams & stakeholders, insurance players as well as academic institutions. In terms of topics, you will contribute to behavioural science research projects as relevant to the changing landscape of life, health, medicine, technology. You will support our R&D efforts in the areas of underwriting and forecasting excellence.


About the Team


The Life & Health SRI team has global responsibility for the production and application of research in support of life & health business within Swiss Re. We are an international multidisciplinary research team who work on a broad range of topics such as behavioural science, longevity, advancement in medicines & technology, underwriting excellence. Members of the Behavioural Research Unit come from different backgrounds including economics, psychology, behavioural economics, consultancy and insurance.


Your responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • conducting literature reviews to inform and enhance our behavioural interventions.

  • collaborating with the team to develop and design new behavioural science interventions.

  • evaluating behavioural interventions, using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • supporting the creation of content for external publications, blogs and social media articles that include an insurance and behavioural economics perspective.


About You



  • In the process of completing, or has completed, an advanced degree (MD, MSc, PhD) in the following or related areas: Behavioural Science, Economics, Psychology, Social Sciences, HCI, Design Thinking.

  • Excellent speaking, presentation skills (incl. PowerPoint) and writing skills, in English.

  • Strong IT skills, experience with Microsoft Office – including PowerPoint, Word and Excel

  • Excellent organisational, design, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Confidence working with internal and external experts at all levels.

  • Experience in handling, prioritising and time management of multiple tasks.



  • Experience with qualitative research methods (interviews, surveys, online experiments)

  • Some work experience is desirable, ideally in the financial or consultancy industries.

  • Design thinking



  • Proactivity and independence to lead your own projects

  • Collaboration/relationship building with internal and external stakeholders and collaborators at all levels

  • Ability to adapt to a new setting quickly, and respond swiftly to instructions

  • Excellent communication

  • High energy and enthusiasm


To Apply


  • Please send us your CV

  • Please send a cover letter addressing one of these two questions (length of your response: 500-1000 words)

  1. How would you design a cyber insurance policy to give it the highest likelihood of widespread adoption (i.e. purchase by customers)? By cyber insurance, here we mean insurance as something an individual buys to protect themselves from digital threats, such as malicious cyber hacks or identity fraud. Please focus on any insights/theories/frameworks from Behavioural Science that you think would be applicable (rather than the technicalities of cyber insurance).

  2. An insurer's success partly relies on how well they can predict future events. Examples include predicting how many car accidents will happen next year to inform car insurance prices and how many people will be diagnosed with cancer in 30 years to inform potential insurance payouts. How can behavioural science help insurers improve forecasting accuracy when they need to rely on expert judgement from individuals and groups? Please focus on any insights/theories/frameworks from Behavioural Science that you think would be applicable.


The role is hired for 10-week summer placement from end of June to August.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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