Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH)
The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH) is looking for an energetic data scientist to facilitate research analyzing crowd data and the production of scientific knowledge. LISH is a Harvard-wide research program led by faculty co-directors Karim Lakhani and Marco Iansiti, Harvard Business School; Eva Guinan, Harvard Medical School; and David Parkes, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. We are an interdisciplinary research lab that is focused on developing a science of innovation through the application of quantitative and field experimental methods on innovation problems faced by our partners (NASA, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute, Department of Defense Research Labs, Topcoder and various other institutions and corporations).
The Data Science Research Associate will be a member of the data science team under the supervision of Professor Karim Lakhani (Harvard Business School). LISH is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives.
Primary Duties: The primary responsibilities of the Research Associate will be using data science techniques to support the lab's social science research and working to field complex data science solutions through prize-based, online contests.
Core Tasks Include:
Extraction, cleaning, exploration, and analysis of data collected from various sources, including organizational data and aggregated intelligence;
Model creation and implementation using methods such as NLP, NN, random forest, etc.
Creation and maintenance of documentation of data files, modeling choices, rationale, and results; Developing quantitative prediction and classification models for social science research;
Working with the LISH Data Science Team to design and execute data science and AI development contests with partner research organizations.
This is a full-time term appointment starting spring 2021 through June 30, 2022, with strong potential for reappointment. All Research Associate roles at HBS are structured as term appointments.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, and transcript(s).
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.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
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 more about HBS work culture at https://www.hbs.edu/employment/.
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BSc/BA in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics or relevant analytical field; graduate degree in Data Science or other quantitative field is preferred
Adept in one or more programming languages (C/C++, Python, Java) Experience querying databases/web APIs and using statistical computer languages: R, Python, etc.
Experience with statistical analysis, particularly working with 'messy' data -- identifying missing data, matching heterogeneous data sources using fuzzy matching techniques, etc.
Problem-solving aptitude – identifies/defines problems, seeks root causes, develops and implements various solution strategies
Strong team player with excellent communication skills
Interest in building algorithms and analytical models
Ability to handle multiple projects, stakeholders, and demands
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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53515BR
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