Research Associate in Supporting the Development of a New HBS Course Harvard Business School United States

Research Associate - Supporting the Development of a New HBS Course

Harvard Business School



Job CodeRS0056 Researcher II Humanities

Duties & Responsibilities

Now that you’ve earned your MBA, accepting your dream job, wearing custom-tailored suits, and traveling while earning thousands of frequent-flier miles, may seem like the natural next step in your journey. However, crafting a fulfilling life after an MBA takes some planning and introspective work.

An HBS faculty member in the Organizational Behavior unit is looking to guide our MBA students on this next chapter by creating a new course on how to craft a meaningful life after completing an MBA. Course topics will include self-assessment, building relationships, how to measure success, and how to develop your individual story.

If you have found yourself wondering about these same concepts, consider working as a Research Associate. Under the general direction of the faculty member, the RA will support the development of this new course. Primary areas of responsibility include researching and developing course content, acting as project manager to manage the timeline of deliverables throughout the year, serving as a thought partner with the faculty, and helping to develop new case studies and other teaching materials to be used in the course.


Basic Qualifications

Advanced degree required, with an MBA preferred. Project management experience, strong organizational skills, and proven ability to work independently and creatively.

Additional Qualifications

Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. Background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature is necessary. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required. All positions 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. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.

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.

Additional Information

This a full-time term appointment starting July 1st, 2018 (or sooner) through June 30, 2019 with potential for reappointment.

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, transcript(s), and sample coding (if applicable).

HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.



Job Function





USA - MA - Boston


Division of Research & Faculty Development


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary


Salary Grade


Appointment End Date



Pre-Employment Screening

Education, Identity



EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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