Postdoctoral Fellow with the Platform Lab at the Digital, Data, and Design Institute

Harvard University
March 19, 2023
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Title Postdoctoral Fellow with the Platform Lab at the Digital, Data, and Design Institute

School Harvard Business School Department/Area Position Description

The Digital, Data, and Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral fellows 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: //

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 Platform Lab, led by Professors Chiara Farronato, Michael Luca, and Feng Zhu, is seeking a quantitative Research Associate. The mission of the Platform Lab is to provide a research-based roadmap for businesses and policymakers that are interested in creating an innovative platform ecosystem.

A typical empirical project involves refining a research question, designing an experiment or survey, analyzing historical and experimental data, and writing research papers targeted at peer reviewed social science journals. Candidates should have good 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 heterogenous effects and treatment-control interference;

· 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, R, or Stata);

· Writing papers for management and economics journals;

· Interest in platforms, digitization, antitrust, network effects and/or strategy.

Basic Qualifications

· A Ph.D. in economics, business, or related field. PLEASE NOTE: 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.

· Strong team player with excellent communication skills.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions

Application Details:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply via the ARIeS system. Please do not contact lab faculty; if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

All applications should include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of academic records (unofficial records are acceptable)
  • 2-page research statement
  • Two research papers
  • Contact details of at least two references
  • Candidates may be asked to do an interview and present their research as part of the search process.

    Additional Information:

    This is a term position through June 30, 2024, with the strong possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. Relocation funding not provided.

    The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: https:// www.

    This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and the lab PIs.

    While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and/or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.

    Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore HBS work culture at https: // www.

    Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

    Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

    Contact Information

    Laura Kelley, Associate Director, Research Staff Services Harvard Business School Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02163

    Contact Email [email protected] 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 2 Maximum Number of References Allowed 4 Keywords

    Supplemental Questions

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Publication
  • Publication 2
  • Optional Documents

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