**Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, please don’t wait for the deadline to apply online here!**
Private capital comes in many forms, including venture capital, private equity, and direct investments by investors. It is ultimately raised largely from institutional investors (e.g. university endowments, public pension funds, and foundations) or high-net worth individuals. Private capital investments tend to differ from public market investments because of their illiquidity and the intense oversight provided by the investors. Private capital investments are generally five to ten years long and typically have intensive involvement by the investors in the funded companies.
Harvard Business School has had a close relationship with private capital since the industry’s inception. The first modern private equity fund, American Research and Development, was designed and led by Professor Georges Doriot in the years after World War II. HBS alumni have continued to dominate the industry.
Reporting to HBS Faculty, the Research Associate is responsible for identifying and implementing the available technological solutions for meeting researcher data and processing needs, and serving as the project manager for faculty projects in private capital, ensuring they are appropriately staffed and executed using both internal and external resources. Exhibits a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity, ability to use discretionary judgment, and strong technology skills.
The Research Associate:
Serves the needs of faculty and researchers engaged in private capital research regarding the use of outside data and resources, identifying and applying computational and statistical tools for multivariate analysis to data-driven explorations of HBS researcher data. Teaches and advises researchers in the use of these computational tools. Works directly with faculty on data projects, including collecting, transferring, merging, managing, and de-identifying data as necessary. Scopes and develops databases and graphic visualization interfaces to display results. Ensures that policies related to the use of data from external sources are adhered to.
Evaluates project resource requirements, identifying and recommending appropriate resources, and assuming responsibility for the management and monitoring of resources once they are assigned to projects. Identifies and clearly communicates deadlines and action items to team members and faculty researchers, and follows up to ensure they are met. Creatively solves problems and alerts leadership of any unforeseen challenges that arise during the project life cycle. Tracks and reports on project milestones and resource utilization to ensure that projects remain on time and on budget. Manages chargebacks to researchers and other HBS units for services. Provides status reports to faculty members, as appropriate.
Effectively manages project scope and costs by ensuring changes and decisions are properly approved and documented. Determines how project results will be measured and completes post-project evaluation to determine how well results were achieved.
Appropriate bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience in data analysis. Proficiency with R, Stata, and/or Python required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
• Advanced degree in a quantitative field preferred.
• Experience with data visualization.
• Familiarity with machine learning/deep learning, natural language processing, and/or fuzzy matching.
• Familiarity with financial databases a plus.
• Project management in a research environment. Research project experience.
• A self-starter who is familiar with undertaking economic and financial research, and is comfortable juggling work with a number of faculty members.
• Strong communication skills.
• Strong customer service orientation, initiative, and the ability to anticipate and plan for customer needs.
• Ability to work independently and on a team.
• Ability to find, plan, and communicate creative solutions to challenges.
• Demonstrated ability to work with highly confidential/sensitive information.
• Capacity to handle multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
• Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential.
• Meticulous attention to detail, professionalism, and demonstrated ability to produce consistently high quality work product.
This is a full-time term appointment starting this summer 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. Preference for a candidate who is willing to commit to 2 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, and transcript(s).
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.
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.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
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