Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Profs Gabaix and Graeber)

Harvard University

United States

February 26, 2022


Position Title Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Profs Gabaix and Graeber)

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department/Area Economics Position Description

We are looking to hire a full-time pre-doctoral fellow for the academic year 2022-2023. The pre-doc will be based at Harvard and will closely collaborate with us on all aspects of our research. The focus of the pre-doc's work will be on projects related to bounded rationality, please see our websites for earlier papers on this topic. The pre-doc might also get involved in other projects, such as Gabaix's work in macro finance and Graeber's work on cognitive uncertainty. Specific tasks will include:

  • Designing, programming and implementing experiments and surveys
  • Analyzing experimental, survey and observational data and writing up results
  • Literature reviews and editing papers
  • Working on formal models
  • Aside from working with us, the pre-doc will be given the opportunity to take one course from Harvard's course catalog per semester, and to participate in research seminars, student workshops, etc.

    The ideal candidate will have (i) a background in economics or applied math; (ii) a demonstrated interest in and prior exposure to behavioral economics, in particular bounded rationality and (iii) prior experience with coding and / or conducting experiments. The position is ideally suited for students who would like to improve their research skills after a Bachelor's or Master's degree to prepare themselves for graduate school.

    Basic Qualifications

    Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor's or Master's degree in economics or another quantitative discipline (such as, but not limited to, computer science, physics, engineering, or mathematics), have strong quantitative skills, experience with empirical research and a good understanding of econometric methods.

    Additional Qualifications Special Instructions

    Please upload a CV; transcript (unofficial is sufficient); and a cover letter which includes a description of your research experience and interests. Short-listed applicants will be contacted and asked to complete a technical exercise, and will then be invited to a (remote) interview. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Foreign nationals are eligible for fellowships, though study at Harvard requires proficiency in English.

    Contact Information

    Lauren LaRosa

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents