Multiple faculty in the Finance Unit seek a Research Associate to work on topics central to their research agendas. The RAs will identify and explore a wide-range of questions related to statistical design and analysis, as well as provide subject-area knowledge and interpretation to the faculty member. Topics include but are not limited to asset pricing, financial intermediaries, corporate finance, banking operations, risk management, and private equity.
The RA position reports directly to both 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.
Under the general direction of a faculty member, the RA will develop, design and conduct research projects; synthesize, analyze, produce statistical models and original written materials; contribute to scholarly research products including, but not limited to, journal articles, working papers, existing cases, and presentations.
Collect, manage, and manipulate data using a variety of tools and sources, including but not limited to Excel, Stata and/or R. Develop, synthesize, and provide analysis of data exhibits for academic journal articles, HBS cases and HBS teaching notes.
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.
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.
These are half-time or full-time term appointments starting this summer (start date flexible) with likely reappointment for the next year. Half-time positions may be paired to create full-time status. 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, code sample, and transcript(s). All candidates will be given a quantitative exam.
Harvard Business School does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
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Bachelor's degree required. Strong working knowledge of Stata and/or R is required.
Strong interest in corporate banking, private equity, credit markets, and pricing preferred.
Strong mathematics background, statistical/programming experience and/or applied experience preferred. Indication of training and good habits in data management and analysis. Proven ability to work independently and creatively.
Evidence of outstanding academic achievement, along with prior high-quality original academic writing. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis, as well as produce a creative interpretation, is a must.
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. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.
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