The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisors. 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 member(s), RAs will develop, design, and conduct research projects; develop interview structures, questions and conduct interviews; gather, analyze, edit, and draft all forms of academic writing; produce original written materials; conduct background research, draft new cases, and update existing cases or materials for classroom use; use knowledge of qualitative research methodologies to further research findings; design new databases, surveys and experiments.
Under the general direction of the faculty, the RA will research and develop course content, act as project manager to manage the timeline of deliverables throughout the year, serve as a thought partner with the faculty, and help to develop new case studies and other teaching materials.
Participate in course design discussions in which the working group will assess the value and fit of a set of preliminary materials that will be used in the course. These discussions will serve as an incubator for new cases and course materials to be developed.
Create original, thought-provoking, innovative content for multimedia, presentations, and teaching and case supplements for domestic and international audiences. Independently manage all timelines and deliverables.
Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with unexpected research data, be able to make deductions, add insight, and draw conclusions to share with faculty. Collaborate in development of new techniques and instruments.
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 position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. 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.
This is a full-time term appointment starting July 1, 2021 with likely reappointment for the next year and further. All Research Associate roles at Harvard Business School are benefits-eligible and structured as one-year term appointments with potential for renewal.
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). All positions will be given a writing exam.
Harvard Business School does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
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.
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Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in Economics or a field related to Business Strategy required. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required.
Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree. 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. Must be able to structure assignments and keep faculty member informed as necessary, using own judgment.
Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is preferred. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
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Internal Number: 53989BR
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