Postdoctoral Fellow with the Digital Reskilling Lab - Digital, Data, and Design Institute, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 12102
School: Harvard Business School
The Digital, Data, and Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral fellows for academic year 2023-2024 to work on research activities at our research labs. D^3 launched in the summer of 2022 with 12 labs working on research at the intersection of academia and practice. For more information on D^3, please visit https://d3.harvard.edu.
The postdoctoral fellows will work under the direct supervision of faculty Principal Investigators and the Senior Associate Director, Lab Operations. They will work closely with the lab manager and research associate(s) at each lab. D^3 is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives. There are no teaching requirements for these open positions.
The Digital Reskilling Lab, led by Professors Raffaella Sadun and Jorge Tamayo, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow. The mission of the Digital Reskilling Lab is to conduct research on workplace initiatives aimed at retraining and reskilling employees, whose jobs are being replaced by digital technologies. The Lab partners with organizations to test the feasibility, scalability, and effectiveness of different approaches to the skills challenge. An ideal candidate will be interested in conducting cutting edge research on reskilling initiatives, comfortable with advanced econometric techniques based on large datasets, and managing a team of research assistants.
A typical empirical project involves refining a research question, designing an experiment or survey, analyzing historical and experimental data, and writing targeted at peer reviewed social science journals. Candidates should have some familiarity with:
Causal analysis and experimental design: difference-in-differences and fixed effects models, instrumental variables, treatment selection, power analysis, analysis of attrition and non-compliance, analysis of heterogeneous effects and interference;
Designing lab experiments, field experiments, and/or surveys;
Programming/scripting knowledge suitable for processing raw data for analysis (e.g., text manipulation);
One or more computational environments for statistical analysis (e.g., MATLAB, Stata, R, or Python);
Creating and managing very large datasets;
Machine learning skills;
Writing papers for management and economics journals;
Interest in reskilling initiatives;
Working with partner organizations or companies.
A Ph.D. in economics or related discipline. PLEASENOTE: If you have obtained your Ph.D. in the past 12 months you must be able to provide a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution OR a letter from the institute's registrar stating all requirements for the degree have been successfully completed and should verify the date the degree has been conferred. No exceptions.
Proficiency in the use of large datasets using SQL, AWS, Snowflake.
Strong team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply here via the Harvard system. Please do not contact lab faculty; if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications should include the following:
Link to Github account and/or any software developed
Copy of academic records (official records are acceptable)
2-page research statement describing prior research experience and future research plans
Two representative publications (preprints are acceptable)
Three letters of recommendation.
Candidates may be asked to undergo an assessment as part of the interview process.
This is a term position through June 30, 2024, with the strong possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. Relocation funding not provided.
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