Data Analysis

About: The Student Social Support R&D Lab uses data and behavioral science to develop and prove scalable, high ROI interventions that mobilize and empower students’ social support systems to improve achievement.  It is a diverse, public-minded, and collaborative team. For more information, visit www.studentsocialsupport.org.

Positions: We are hiring one person for each position.  Both positions can begin late spring or summer (as late as August).  They are located at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, MA.

Research Fellow (Project Manager) - www.studentsocialsupport.org/project-manager

Research Fellow (Data Analysis) - www.studentsocialsupport.org/data-analysis

The Research Fellows will join professor Todd Rogers and his team in the Student Social Support R&D Lab (S3 R&D Lab) at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. The S3 R&D Lab works on projects at the intersection of education, psychology, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral science. Most of the S3 R&D Lab’s research projects explore the impact on student achievement of mobilizing the support of students' family and friends.  This education intervention research takes place in a range of educational settings, including K-12 schools and districts, online universities, state and community colleges, and MOOCs. These educational settings are primarily based in the United States.

 

Research Fellow - Data Analysis

This position focuses on all things data, with the bulk of the work being randomization and analysis of large-scale field experiments. The data-oriented Research Fellows are involved with their assigned research projects from start to finish, including the design and implementation stages, as well as the analysis and final reporting. They work closely with Project Manager Research Fellows, data contacts at educational institutions, and mail and phone vendors; they also often work directly with the Director of the S3 Lab, professor Todd Rogers.  The Research Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for those interested in eventually pursuing advanced degrees and/or careers in research.

Research Fellows should have a combination of the following skills:

  • Experience managing, analyzing, and manipulating large datasets
  • Experience handling sensitive data securely
  • Excellent statistical analysis skills, preferably with a focus on randomized field experiments
  • Proficiency using statistical software (Stata strongly preferred; R okay)
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly on the job
  • Ability to work with a small, diverse, and highly  collaborative research team
  • Strong understanding of experimental design
  • Comfort in, and familiarity with, K-12 schools and colleges are a plus but not required
  • Programming (e.g. Python, Ruby, Perl) skills are a plus but not required
  • Basic Requirements: BA/BS degree.  MA or PhD a plus

 

Applicants should submit résumé and cover letter as PDF attachments to Adan Acevedo (Adan_Acevedo@hks.harvard.edu). Please put “Analyst Application” in the subject line. Finalists may be asked to submit writing samples or transcripts, and may be asked to perform a data analysis simulation. Position could begin immediately.

Harvard University provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. 

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