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Research Associate

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


Job-Specific Responsibilities
HBS seeks a part-time Research Associate for the academic year 2021-22 to work with an HBS faculty member in the Organization Behavior unit. Research areas are primarily focused on reproduction and contestation of intergroup inequality within organizations, specifically focusing on racial, gender, and class inequality and their intersections.
This position offers candidates the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, such as to the ability to synthesize, analyze, and categorize data. The RA will report directly to the faculty supervisor and an 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.

Responsibilities include:
  • Work under the general direction of HBS faculty on topics central to HBS research agenda.
  • Provide subject-area knowledge, analysis and interpretation to faculty member.
  • Identify and explore a wide-range of questions related to statistical design and analysis.
  • Data cleaning, analyzation, and categorizing using knowledge and research for the related in qualitative studies.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in new research methodologies and techniques.
  • Manage and manipulate data using requested packages, specifically in Nvivo.
  • Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with research data, be able to make deductions, add insight and draw conclusions to share with faculty.
  • Collaborate in development of new techniques and instruments. Use knowledge of quantitative methods to analyze and interpret experimental results.
  • Work independently with research methodologies to identify gaps in research data and methods.
  • Produce innovative academic materials to supplement faculty research and teaching.
  • Make recommendations to faculty based on statistical interpretation and independent research.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate the quality of results.
  • 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.
  • Under general direction of faculty member, must be able to take complex research ideas, concepts, and methodologies and apply them to new projects and situations. Must be able to structure assignments and keep faculty member informed as necessary, using own judgment.
Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree required, with a preference for a degree in a related field. Familiarity with organizational behavioral research methods and practices is preferred.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and learn new research skills independently or with limited guidance required; strong organizational skills; excellent verbal/written communication skills; ability to build and maintain relationships; team player.

Additional Information
This is a part-time term appointment starting summer 2021 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).

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

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 "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

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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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