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Postdoctoral Fellow with the Digital Value Lab - Digital, Data, and Design Institute, Harvard University

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138

School: Harvard Business School

Position Description

The Digital, Data, and Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral fellows for academic year 2024-2025 to work on research activities at our research labs. D^3 conducts research at the intersection of academia and practice. For more information on D^3, please visit

The Postdoctoral Fellows will work under the direct supervision of faculty Principal Investigators and the Senior Director of Labs. They will work closely with the lab manager and research associate(s) at each lab. D^3 is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives. There are no teaching requirements for these open positions.

The Digital Value Lab, led by Professor Suraj Srinivasan, is seeking a micro-economics Postdoctoral Fellow. The mission of the Digital Value Lab is to conduct research on performance and value creation outcomes from digital and big-data driven transformation in organizations. An ideal candidate will be interested in digital work and comfortable working directly with data.

A typical empirical project involves refining a research question, designing an experiment or survey, analyzing historical and experimental data, and writing targeted at peer reviewed social science journals. Candidates should have some familiarity with:
  • Causal analysis and experimental design: difference-in-differences and fixed effects models, instrumental variables, treatment selection, power analysis, analysis of attrition and non-compliance, analysis of heterogenous effects and interference;
  • Programming/scripting knowledge suitable for processing raw data for analysis (e.g., text manipulation);
  • One or more computational environments for statistical analysis (e.g., Stata, R, or Python);
  • Writing papers for management and economics journals;
  • Working with partner organizations or companies.

Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Economics.
    • PLEASE NOTE: If you have obtained your Ph.D. in the past 12 months you must be able to provide a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution OR a letter from the institute's registrar stating all requirements for the degree have been successfully completed and should verify the date the degree has been conferred. No exceptions.
  • Strong team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills

Additional Qualifications

Additional Qualifications

Proven ability to work independently and creatively. 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. Ability to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary.

Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.

Special Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please do not contact lab faculty; if you have any questions, please contact

All applications should include the following:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of academic records (unofficial records are acceptable)
  • 2-page research statement
  • Two research papers
  • Two letters of recommendation
Candidates may be asked to undergo an assessment as part of the interview process.

Additional Information:

This is a term appointment starting summer 2024 through June 30, 2025, with possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. Relocation funding is not provided.

This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your supervisors.

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information

Becky Wickel, Recruiting Manager, Research Staff Services
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02163

Contact Email:

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required: 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 4

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