Harvard Business School is seeking a full-time Research Associate for one year or more, beginning in summer 2020. The Research Associate (RA) will assist with the daily operations of research projects for a faculty member in the Accounting & Management Unit. The broad research agenda will focus on financial misconduct, government regulation and enforcement, corporate governance, and behavioral biases in financial markets.
The RA position reports directly to faculty supervisor and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. The ideal RA candidate will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to use discretionary judgment.
Primary duties: Under the general direction of faculty member, the RA will develop, design and conduct research projects; synthesize, analyze, produce statistical models and original written materials; contribute to scholarly research products including but not limited to journal articles, working papers, existing cases, and presentations.
Collect, manage, and manipulate data using a variety of tools and sources, including but not limited to Excel, Stata, R, and/or Python. Develop, synthesize, and provide analysis of data exhibits for academic journal articles, HBS cases and HBS teaching notes.
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.
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 July 1, 2020 (start date flexible) through June 30, 2021, with likely reappointment for the next academic year. All Research Associate roles at HBS are structured as one-year term appointments with potential for renewal.
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). Short-listed applicants will be invited to complete a programming/data exercise.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Bachelor's degree required. Strong working knowledge of Stata, Python, R, or SAS.
Strong preference for candidates with a background in Economics, Computer Science, Statistics, Finance, or Accounting. This position is ideal for candidates who have plans for future doctoral studies.
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.
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. The RA must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary.
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: 51645BR
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