Research Associate

  • Harvard University
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Feb 22, 2018

Job Description

Duties & Responsibilities
Work under the general direction of HBS faculty on topics central to HBS research agenda. Identify and explore a wide-range of questions; provide subject-area knowledge, analysis, and interpretation to faculty member in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.

The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisor 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 member, the RA 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.

Primary duties:

Conduct background research, draft new cases, and update existing cases or materials for classroom use. Gather, analyze, edit, and draft all forms of academic writing; produce original written materials.

Develop, design, conduct, analyze, and implement research using knowledge and learning in areas related to conflict, negotiations, political science, history, international economics, and related fields.

Write draft cases and articles, case supplements, project reports, and policy memos creating original writing based on research and interviews. Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities.

Provide analysis, editing, and drafts for academic journal articles, HBS cases and HBS teaching notes. Develop, synthesize and provide analysis of literature reviews.

Read and efficiently distill information to identify key themes and important areas, which will elicit further research needs.

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.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in political science, history, international relations, economics, or similar field required. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively.
Additional Qualifications

Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.

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. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.