Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
12 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
11 May 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral and Experimental Economics
School    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area    Economics

Position Description    

We are looking to hire a pre-doctoral researcher to work with us on research projects in behavioral economics. The start date for the position is July 1st, 2020, or later if need be. The appointment is for one year and renewable for a second year depending on research needs and satisfactory performance. The position is ideally suited for recent university graduates who would like to prepare themselves for PhD studies after having completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The position will be based at Harvard University, split between the Economics Department (Enke) and Harvard Business School (Graeber).

The pre-doc will be closely supervised by both of us and primarily conduct experimental research on bounded rationality. Please see the paper “Cognitive Uncertainty” on our websites for an illustration of this line of work. Tasks will include developing, designing and programming internet and laboratory experiments, analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, preparing briefings, and drafting papers. In addition, the pre-doc may be involved in other empirical behavioral economics projects such as Enke’s research on moral universalism in political economy, or the preparation of case studies for business school teaching. 

Salary is $48,000 plus benefits. The fellow will be an active participant in the Harvard University research community. Each semester, we offer the pre-doc an opportunity to take one class from Harvard’s course catalog, and to attend research seminars. 

Basic Qualifications    
The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, be self-directed and thrive on independent problem solving. The ideal applicant will (i) show an interest in experimental and behavioral economics; (ii) have a demonstrated independent interest and prior experience in coding (Python, Stata); (iii) be an effective communicator in written and spoken English; and (iv) have a degree in economics, mathematics, computer science, or a related discipline.

Additional Qualifications    

Special Instructions  
We will review applications on a rolling basis, but all applications that are submitted before April 1, 2020 will receive full consideration. Please upload a CV (including details on coding experience), transcripts, a one-page motivation letter and one letter of recommendation.

Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard requires proficiency in English.

NOTE: The ARIES application system will only send recommendation letter requests via email after the application has been officially submitted. Please be in touch with your recommenders in advance so that they can quickly upload their letters after they receive the link. It only takes a few minutes for them to do so.

Contact Information    
Kristen Lynch

Contact Email    klynch@fas.harvard.edu

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

Minimum Number of References Required    1 
Maximum Number of References Allowed    1