Research Assistant W/M

Universities and Institutes of France


December 31, 2021


  • Organisation/Company: SKEMA Business School
  • Research Field: Economics › Business economics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 31/12/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Euralille
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Part-time
  • Hours Per Week: 20
  • Job ch aracteristics

    Type of contract: 3 months of part-time contract, with possibility of renewal for other 3 months

    Starting date: mid-June/beginning of July 2021

    Location: SKEMA Business School, Lille Campus

    Length: 20h/week (to be negotiated)

    SKEMA's strengths are based on unique features

  • The first global business school that enables its students and participants to follow high-end programmes in different continents, thanks to a network of 7 campuses: Belo Horizonte, Lille, Paris, Raleigh, Stellenbosh - Cape Town, Sophia Antipolis and Suzhou, and an institute dedicated to artificial intelligence in Montreal.
  • Training future talents and leaders in this ever-changing business environment through disruptive teaching and learning methods.
  • An active community of 48,000 graduates in 145 countries, 9,000 students of 120 nationalities and more than 500 employees all over the world.
  • Context and missions

    You will be supporting the research team led by Prof. Francesca Melillo in the framework of the Project titled “An in-depth examination of founding team formation” together with Prof. Stijn Kelchtermans (KU Leuven).

    The goal of the project is to clean and enrich the data on start-up founders that we have collected. The starting point for our sample is Crunchbase, a database increasingly used by research in economics and management. We have extracted information on the work and education history of Crunchbase-listed founders of about 2,000 Belgian start-ups from the business directory LinkedIn.

    The main goal of the project is to harmonize the names of firms, job roles, educational institutions and study programs mentioned in founders' profiles, which subsequently allows constructing indicators for (shared) professional and educational backgrounds of startups' founding team members. This harmonization involves matching the available information against external databases (such as the ETER higher education database with names of universities) but also within-sample harmonizing using fuzzy string matching in order to reduce the large variety of spelling variations of a single institution or firm to a single, harmonized name.

    We have made initial steps doing this in Stata but any other programming environment (such as Python or R) with which you are familiar would be equally fine. You needn't be an expert in text analysis or string matching but prior experience with similar work would be a big advantage. In any case, extensive programming or scripting experience is required.

    Required knowledge and skills

  • Master degree in a business-related field
  • Being well organized and detail orientated; ability to maintain accuracy whilst complying with deadlines
  • The ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Fluent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Extensive programming or scripting experience is required
  • Documents to send

    The application must include a Cover Letter and a Curriculum Vitae.

    To apply

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    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: SKEMA Business School
  • Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
  • Website: https: // www.
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: France
  • City: Euralille
  • Postal Code: 59777
  • Street: Avenue Willy Brandt
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