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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Laboratory for Innovation Science LISH

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Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

Position Description:

The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (


) is soliciting applications for one or more post-doctoral fellowships in computer science and quantitative and experimental social science (economics, management, psychology and sociology).


is a Harvard-wide research program led by faculty co-directors Karim Lakhani, 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 (


, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute, Department of Defense Research Labs, TopCoder and various corporations).

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of


Directors and affiliated faculty and will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers around the University. Current research topics for the Lab include incentives for innovation, governance and management of innovation systems, and creativity and problem solving. The areas of application where we conduct our research include innovation contests and communities, science laboratories and R&D organizations, research funding and publishing, technology commercialization and transfer, patient innovation and data science. We are interested in fundamental and applied research in innovation systems. A typical empirical project involves conceiving a suitable research question, designing a suitable field experiment, working with collaborating partners, analyzing historical data, analyzing experimental data, and writing papers.

The position has no teaching or administrative duties.


is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives.

This is a term appointment through 10/31/18, with the possibility of extension based on funding and performance.

Basic Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, economics, management, psychology, sociology, or a related field.



: 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.

Experience with statistical analysis

Strong team player with excellent communication skills

Additional Qualifications:

We are interested in researchers with the following kinds of skills:

Experimental design: treatment selection, power analysis

Game theoretic modeling of behavior

Programming/scripting knowledge suitable for processing raw data for analysis, e.g., text manipulation

Economics and computer science

Quantitative sociology

Psychological perspectives on problem solving and creativity

Market design

Contact Information:

Steven Randazzo

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Special Instructions:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email the following to Steven Randazzo at with subject

Internal Number: 8054

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Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T

he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

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