The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to a faculty supervisor in the Entrepreneurial Management unit and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. Ideal RA candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to use discretionary judgment.
Under the general direction of the faculty member, the RA will develop, design, and conduct research projects; develop interview structures, questions and conduct interviews; gather, analyze, edit, and draft all forms of academic writing; produce original written materials; conduct background research, draft new cases, and update existing cases or materials for classroom use; use knowledge of qualitative research methodologies to further research findings; design new databases, surveys and experiments.
Primary duties: Work under the general direction of HBS faculty on topics central to HBS research agenda. Write draft cases and articles, case supplements, project reports, and policy memos creating original writing based on research and interviews. Provide analysis, editing, and drafts for academic journal articles, HBS cases and HBS teaching notes. Develop, synthesize and provide analysis of literature reviews.
Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities. Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. Must be able to structure assignments and keep faculty member informed as necessary, using own judgment.
Ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations. Complete work with only general direction. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
This is a half-time, term appointment starting as soon as possible and ending June 30, 2018 with strong potential for reappointment.
Half-time positions are benefits-eligible, and can be paired to create a full-time position.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree required. Interest in public entrepreneurship, government and business, and/or innovation preferred.
Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required. All positions will be given a writing exam.
The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong communication and organization skills, and absolute commitment to task completion. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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