Professor Trung Nguyen (Harvard University) and her co-authors seek to employ a full‐time Research Associate at the Harvard Business School with a start date during the summer of 2021. The position is ideal for intellectually ambitious researchers interested in in applying to a quantitative Ph.D. program (e.g., Economics, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Data Science) and pursuing an academic research career.
The position reports directly to an administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office and to faculty members at Harvard Business School working on the following research topics: capital market, corporate governance, securities regulation, business and the government.
The full-time Research Associate will have a number of jobs in their capacity as an RA. Specifically, the job will include entrepreneurial data acquisition and extraction using crawlers and code; data parsing, cleaning, merging and analysis; text matching; conduct background research for literature reviews and case materials.
Approximately 20% of time will be spent on the entrepreneurial side of reading advanced literature and searching out new sources of data to answer questions in the agenda. 50% of time will be devoted to writing new code to extract, parse, and clean the new data. The candidate will likely spend 15% of their time creating matching algorithms to existing datasets in order to conduct the analysis, with the remaining 15% of their time supporting problems that might arise during the quantitative analyses.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must include the following:
A cover letter that includes:
A brief description of your experience as a research assistant and with any independent research (e.g. thesis or other research projects)
A description of your experience with various statistical and computer packages (e.g. Stata, R, SAS, Python, Perl etc.)
The names, phone number, and email addresses of two references. At least one reference must be someone for whom you have worked as a research assistant. Please indicate which references you have worked for as a research assistant.
A current CV
A transcript (unofficial is fine).
A sample of your code
Date you are available to start work.
Harvard Business School does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
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Extensive experience in programming languages such as Stata, Python, etc.
All candidates will be expected to submit sample codes to be reviewed by and discussed with an HBS statistician
Prior research assistant experience is strongly preferred
MA or PhD (minimum of MA to be considered) in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics, statistics, economics, or computer science.
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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