Harvard University Research Associate in Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard University

Harvard Business School


Job Function

Time Status

Division of Research & Faculty Development

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

US Competitiveness - Research Associate

HBS seeks a Research Associate to join the U.S. Competitiveness Project team, led by Professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin.

Research Associates have the potential to work with Harvard Business School faculty on a variety of research projects and may develop intellectual property for HBS in many ways. Research products are most often journal articles, working papers, HBS cases and teaching notes, and books. Duties include: data collection and analysis; writing and research; conducting and coordinating on-site field research meetings and interviews; gathering/analyzing data; performing sophisticated research utilizing world-class library; developing supplemental electronic courseware/case exhibits. In addition, candidate will be expected to contribute to new Project priorities as they arise and share tasks within the team.

Job Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Research Responsibilities

  • Delivery of research support in the form of economic data collection and analysis

  • Present analysis in graphic form, create PowerPoint slides, and update visual presentation materials

  • Literature reviews in the public policy and competitiveness field

  • Synthesize information from diverse sources

  • Utilize econometric tools to analyze data

  • and social media activities; seminars and event organization.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy or a Business or Econometrics field required. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Strong mathematics background. Statistical/programming experience and/or applied experience in STATA preferred. Indication of training and good habits in data management and analysis. Evidence of prior high-quality data manipulation and analysis required. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment and initiative. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data and research is necessary. All candidates will be required to complete a quantitative presentation exercise. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected. Content management and web development skills using HTML and/or XML is desired. Finally, we are looking for someone who is familiar with, eager to learn about, and perhaps even passionate about U.S. competitiveness.

Pre-Employment Screening

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