HBS seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Research Associate and work closely with Professor of Business Administration, George Serafeim, for two or more years, beginning this fall. Professor Serafeim’s research focuses on measuring, driving, and communicating corporate performance and social impact. He has been recognized by Barron’s as “one of the most influential people in ESG investing” and according to the Financial Times, his research was a turning point for companies and investment managers in integrating ESG issues in business and investment strategies.
Under the general direction of Professor Serafeim, the RA will contribute to a variety of research projects and may develop intellectual property for HBS in many ways. Research products are most often journal articles, working papers, HBS cases and teaching notes, and books.
The successful candidate will demonstrate strong conceptual ability; high quality of mind; excellent writing skills; the ability to work productively under time pressure; the capacity to work well independently; and the ability to interact successfully with senior leaders.
The position will involve working with academic-quality research, various statistical software packages, collecting and assembling data from disparate sources, synthesizing, analyzing, editing, and drafting all forms of academic writing. When confronted with research data, the RA must be able to make deductions, add insight, and draw conclusions to share with faculty. 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.
The Research Associate 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.
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Accounting, or business-related field required. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement and of strong writing skills. Statistical/programming experience and/or exposure to STATA or R. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
The candidate must be analytically-minded and possess strong conceptual skills; have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong organizational and communication skills.
Proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to flexibly adapt to changes in priorities; ability to work calmly under deadline pressure, work both independently and as a team member, take initiative; and follow projects through to completion.
Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. All candidates will be given a writing exam. 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. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.
Applicants should not reach out to Professor George Serafeim directly.
This is a full-time term appointment starting this fall (ideally September, start date flexible) through June 30, 2021 with likely reappointment for the next year, and possibly further. Preference may be given to 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, a coding sample, and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.
Must be eligible to work in the United States, without needing the University’s visa sponsorship.
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