Harvard Business School seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Research Associate and work closely with two HBS faculty part of the Accounting & Management and Marketing units. This is a terrific opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of research topics including but not limited to, behavioral finance, corporate governance, pricing and retailing strategies, and electronic commerce.
The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisors 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 faculty members, the RA will develop, design and conduct research projects; conduct experiments, collect and label big data; synthesize, analyze, and produce statistical models; contribute to scholarly research products including but not limited to journal articles, working papers, and presentations.
Independently manage all timelines and deliverables. 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.
The RA must also 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 full-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2019, with likely reappointment through June 30, 2020. All HBS RA roles are structure as one-year term appointments.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a code and writing sample, and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.
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. Strong preference for candidates with a background in Economics/Econometrics and/or Computer Science.
The qualified individual should also demonstrate strong skills of:
Statistical analysis and data mining, including Stata, MATLAB, and R.
Prior exposure to Python and SQL (for big data management) is desirable.
Prior exposure to machine learning is helpful for performing more advanced programming and statistical applications.
Strong background in more advanced statistical and econometric methods.
Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Strong mathematics background, statistical/programming experience and/or applied experience preferred. Indication of training and good habits in data management and analysis. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. All candidates will be expected to submit sample coding to be reviewed by and discussed with an HBS statistician.
The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong 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. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.
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.
Internal Number: 48574BR
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