The Research Associate (RA) will partner with a faculty member in the General Management unit on research initiatives focusing on the evolution of modern Chinese business along with China's business, economic, and political development in an international context. Projects may include case-writing, book editing, archival research, lit-reviews, and working-papers. The RA position reports directly to faculty supervisor and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office.
The ideal RA candidate will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, project management, and the ability to use discretionary judgment. 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.
Research Associates represent HBS to outside entities: interacting with prominent individuals (grace under pressure is essential). Interview decision makers at companies around the world and work closely with company representatives on the case development and course development efforts (e.g., case supplements, rewrites, teaching notes, and multimedia products).
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.
This is a full-time term appointment starting this summer (start date flexible) through June 30, 2020 with potential for reappointment for the following year. All HBS RA roles are structured as term appointments.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
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). All positions will be given a writing exam.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in History, English, or Social Sciences required.
Written and verbal Mandarin Chinese fluency is required, as well as excellent writing and editing skills in English. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience.
Graduate Degree preferred. Ideal candidate has an interest in or familiarity with China and/or international investments. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience.
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. 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.
Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. 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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49411BR
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