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Research Associate at Harvard University

Posted in Research 30+ days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Harvard University

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Research Associate
Harvard Business School

Job-Specific Responsibilities
HBS seeks a Research Associate (RA) to partner with a faculty member in the Business, Government and the International Economy unit for one year or more, beginning this summer. The RA will support research projects related to the Space sector - particularly the commercialization of space through companies like SpaceX, space tourism, and the economic implications relating to these emerging industries.

Under the general direction of the faculty member, the RA will identify and explore a wide-range of questions; provide subject-area knowledge, analysis, and interpretation to the faculty member. The RA position reports directly to the faculty supervisor and the 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.

Primary duties:

Conduct background research; gather, analyze, edit and draft all forms of academic writing including but not limited to, cases and articles, case supplements, project reports, and policy memos; create original writing based on research and interviews.

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 for multiple projects. 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 required. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement and excellent writing and editing skills. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

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.

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.

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Boston

Division of Research and Faculty Development

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Appointment End Date

Pre-Employment Screening
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