Faculty Looking for Research Assistants

Instructions for posting a position

Faculty members may email Emily Sall (FHB@fas.harvard.edu), the Coordinator of FHB, to post a research assistant position. All postings are removed after two months (unless an extension is requested at least three days before expiration). Faculty posting a job should include: (i) their name and official Harvard title, (ii) the field in which the job offer is being made (e.g., social neuroscience), (iii) a one paragraph description of the job opening, and (iv) contact information.

Faculty Seeking Research Assistance Postings

Research Fellowship, HKS Center for Public Leadership

Professors Julia Minson and Todd Rogers are hiring a full-time Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership. Research Fellows will work with Professors Minson and Rogers and their existing teams on projects at the intersection of psychology, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral economics.

The Research Fellows will work primarily on the development, implementation, and analysis of laboratory and field experiments. The experiments aim to shed light on basic social, cognitive, and judgment processes that impact negotiation, conflict resolution, group decision-making and educational success.

The Research Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in eventually pursuing research training and careers.

Research Fellows should have a combination of the following skills:

  • (Most important) Demonstrated ability to manage projects with a strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of and familiarity with experimental design in psychology, judgment and decision making, or behavioral economics
  • Experience working with quantitative data
  • Strong writing, editing, organization and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage a small research team
  • Comfort with statistical analysis and software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, or R)

Basic Requirements: MA degree, or BA plus significant subject matter expertise in judgment and decision making, combined with independent research experience.

Applicants should submit by May 2, 2016, a résumé and a cover letter to: Catherine Kearns (catherine_kearns@hks.harvard.edu). Finalists may be asked to submit writing samples or transcripts, and may be asked to perform a task simulation. Position will begin July 1, 2016.

Note: We are only able to hire people who are eligible to work in the United States without needing the University's visa sponsorship.

Paid research appointments at Harvard Kennedy School include medical benefits and the opportunity to participate in a tax-deferred annuity plan.

For more information on Todd Rogers, visit his website here. For information on Julia Minson visit her website here.

Undergraduate RA position in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience lab at Harvard University (Psychology Department) is seeking a paid research assistant in the lab for Spring 2016. The research assistant must be a Harvard undergraduate, and will be paid $14/hour. Duties include (but are not limited to) running participants in the lab using behavioral methods, helping with neuroimaging experiments, and analyzing data. A minimum commitment of one semester (8-10 hours/week) is required. Previous research experience, programming, and the ability to commit to more than a single semester are all preferred but not required. For more information about the lab's research, please see the lab website (http://gershmanlab.webfactional.com/index.html). If interested, please send a copy of your resume/CV to Dr. Tommy Blanchard (tblanchard@g.harvard.edu) with a cover letter stating why you are interested in joining the lab.