Work under the general direction of HBS faculty on topics central to HBS research agenda. Identify and explore a wide-range of questions related to statistical design and analysis, as well as provide subject-area knowledge and interpretation to two faculty members in the finance unit.
The Research Associate (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. Under the general direction of faculty members, RAs 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.
Manage and manipulate data using Excel and STATA. 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 half-time, 1-year term appointment starting as soon as possible and ending June 30, 2018 with potential for reappointment.
Half-time positions can be paired to create a full-time position.
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; Economics, Computer Science, or business related field preferred.
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. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.
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. All candidates will be expected to submit sample coding to be reviewed by and discussed with an HBS statistician.
Ideal candidate must possess a strong interest in the areas of, capital markets, investment management, asset pricing, behavioral finance, and areas alike.
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