HBS seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Research Associate (RA) and work closely with faculty leading the Private Capital Project. The RA will support research projects related to Private Capital, including but not limited to, private equity, corporate governance, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
Under the general direction of faculty members, the RA will identify and explore a wide-range of questions; provide subject-area knowledge, analysis, and interpretation to faculty member. The 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.
Conduct background research; gather, analyze, edit and draft all forms of academic writing including but not limited to, cases and articles, case supplements, project reports, and policy memos; create 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.
Read and efficiently distill information to identify key themes and important areas, which will elicit further research needs.
Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects. 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.
Applicants should not contact Private Capital Project faculty directly.
This is a full-time term appointment starting this summer (start date flexible) through June 30, 2021 with likely reappointment for the next year and further. All Research Associate roles at Harvard Business School are benefits-eligible and 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 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 and a minimum of one to two years or relevant experience. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement and excellent writing and editing skills. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required.
This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. 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. 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.
Internal Number: 52217BR
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