Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Harvard Business School Professor Tomomichi Amano is seeking a half-time Research Associate for one year or more. This is a terrific opportunity for those looking to explore research in the quantitative marketing field. Focus areas include but are not limited to: public policy and marketing (e.g. energy efficiency standards; hybrid vehicle diffusion; mobile game addiction and regulations; mental health and consumption behavior); online policies and pricing, and online marketing.
The RA will report 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.
Primary Duties: Conduct technical tasks to: (1) Manage, manipulate, and summarize large data sets. (2) Scrape and collect data from complex online sources. (3) Perform analyses, regressions, and create visualizations.
Contribute to scholarly research products including but not limited to journal articles, working papers, existing cases, and presentations.
Develop, synthesize, and provide analysis of data exhibits for academic journal articles, HBS cases and teaching notes.
Independently and responsibly 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.
Applicants should not reach out to Professor Amano directly.
This is a half-time term appointment starting this summer (or sooner; start date flexible) through June 30, 2022, with likely reappointment for the next academic year and further. Preference for a candidate willing to commit for two or more years.
All Research Associate roles at HBS are structured as one-year term appointments. Half-time positions are benefits eligible and can be paired to create a full-time position.
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.
During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.
While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's
Bachelor's degree required. This position is ideal for candidates with an interest in economics or applied marketing research who have plans for future doctoral studies.
Strong working knowledge of Stata, R, or other statistical programming languages, and as well as comfortability with using the command line/terminal. Experience with Python (for web-scraping), MATLAB, and/or Git (for collaboration on coding projects) are a plus.
Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of training and good habits in data management and analysis. All candidates will be expected to submit sample coding to be reviewed by and discussed with an HBS statistician, and/or given a comparable exercise.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, organization, research, and analytical skills are required. Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to flexibly adapt to changes in priorities; ability to work calmly under deadline pressure, work both independently and as a team member, take initiative; and follow projects through to completion.
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: 53535BR
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