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Research Associate

Harvard University
Job Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Harvard Business School


Job-Specific Responsibilities
The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) is looking for an energetic Research Associate (RA) to drive research activities. This hybrid position has both research and project coordination components. The ideal candidate will be familiar with business management, digital transformation, and firm use of advanced technologies, including AI. The nature of this position will entail interacting heavily with LISH's Director and Assistant Director and with partner companies.

The lab conducts interdisciplinary research that focuses on how firms are adopting AI. The team features Harvard faculty, researchers, program managers, and affiliates. The RA will work under the direct supervision of an Assistant Director and will collaborate with LISH faculty, staff, postdocs, and doctoral students on the creation, design, and implementation of research projects. LISH is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Assist with basic research on select industries
  • Conduct research, both secondary and primary, for course materials or HBS case writing
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Develop presentations based on research findings
  • Coordinate research tasks with the lab's academic partners and faculty both internally at Harvard (HBS, HMS, SEAS) and at other research institutions;
  • Collect research data and make deductions and conclusions to share with faculty and other researchers;
  • Write briefs and summaries of research projects for public circulation;
  • Manage various reviews of research protocols at HBS and HMS; including the Institutional Review Board (IRB), data use agreements (DUA), and data security application process with LISH researchers;
  • Participate in regular team and project meetings;
  • Organize and plan network events including logistics such as sourcing speakers and arranging travel;
  • Other as needed coordination tasks.
Basic Qualifications
B.A. or B.S.; open to any field.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • 2 years' experience in corporate or start-up environment preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Keen ability to understand and present complex findings to general audiences
  • Willingness to problem solve and open to learning new skills as required
Additional Information
Applicants should not contact faculty directly.

This is a full-time term appointment starting July 1, 2021 (or sooner) through June 30, 2022, with potential for reappointment. All Research Associate roles at HBS are structured as one-year term appointments. Preference for candidates willing to commit for two or more years.

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 writing sample, and transcript(s).

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 Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

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Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
RS0055 Researcher I Humanities


Division of Research and Faculty Development

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

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.
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