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Post-Doctoral Fellowship In The Laboratory For Innovation Science

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Date Last Verified
Mar 08,2018

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Feb 28,2018

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH)

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

Position Description

The Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (LISH) is soliciting applications for one or more post-doctoral fellowships in computer science and quantitative and experimental social science (economics, management, psychology and sociology). LISH 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 (NASA, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute, Department of Defense Research Labs, TopCoder and various corporations).

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of LISH 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.

LISH 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. 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 institutes 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

Special Instructions

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

Curriculum vitae

Copy of academic records (unofficial records are acceptable)
2-page description of relevant experience

One or two research papers

Provide at least two letters of recommendation

Contact Information

Steven Randazzo

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Harvard is known for global leadership in education, and the Harvard faculty is composed of men and women who are world-class scholars. Faculty members are passionate and curious individuals who continue their own research while teaching at Harvard. They come from across the country and all over the world, bringing with them a diverse wealth of knowledge. Almost all Harvard College courses are designed, taught and overseen by Harvard faculty, and virtually all FAS faculty are required to teach as part of their duties. The faculty is highly accessible, and Harvard College class sizes are on average below 40, with over half the courses being offered each semester enrolling 10 or fewer students. This allows for a closer student-professor relationship and contributes to the sense of community on campus. Professors also make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours, such as meeting in the dining hall or before or after class. The faculty at Harvard make a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience.

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