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Research Associate

Research Associate

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 3/10/2024
Research / Development
Full Time


Research Associate

Harvard Business School


Position Description

Harvard Business School (HBS) is seeking an ambitious, strategic, and creative Research Associate (RA) for the HBS Business & Climate Change podcast, Climate Rising. Guided by the faculty host, the RA will conduct research to identify podcast topics and guests, and to develop detailed background notes to prepare the host. The role includes substantial editing to create research-based, accurate, relevant content as well as project management to maintain high production value throughout the content creation process, from conceptualization through publishing and marketing.

Job Responsibilities:

Research, Editing, Content Creation (50%)

  • With the host, research and identify a portfolio of podcast topics and potential guests.
  • Develop research materials and a preliminary set of interview questions to enable the host to prepare efficiently and effectively.
  • During interviews, listen to conversation and feed additional questions to the host as needed.
  • Together with the faculty host, edit each episode.
  • Develop intro and outro scripts for the host.
  • Develop episodes’ descriptions, titles, and show notes.

Project Management (40%)
  • Serve as the project manager to ensure efficient coordination and content production, including managing the audio production process, overseeing timelines and calendars, transferring of audio assets between editors, and reviewing and publishing podcast episodes.
  • Manage external partners including the audio engineer, marketing partners, and guests.
  • Manage interview scheduling and the recording equipment, recording studio reservations, and ensuring availability of sound engineers for interview recording and timely turnaround of edits.
  • With the host, manage an efficient and effective editing process.
  • Manage approval process from guests and host.

Marketing (10%)
  • Coordinate with marketing partners to market each episode on social media and other platforms, and monitor effectiveness.
  • Maintain podcast website and social media presence.
  • Develop social media and marketing materials, including working with internal and external
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media, Climate Studies, Sustainability, and/or related area is required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge—and ideally professional experience—of how companies are pursuing opportunities and/or managing risks while adapting to and mitigating climate change.
  • Storytelling experience, preferably in radio/podcasts, or else other media.
  • Podcast development experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Social media content promotion a plus.
  • Key skills include the abilities to: conceptualize, work effectively on a team while also working independently, productively receive and incorporate feedback, be detail oriented, and engage in project management including being accountable for meeting deadlines.

Additional Information

This is a part-time term appointment (30 hours weekly) beginning as soon as possible (start date flexible) through June 30, 2025 with likely reappointment for the next academic year and further. Preference for a candidate willing to commit for two or more years. All Research Associate roles at HBS are structured as one-year term appointments with potential for renewal based on funding and performance. 

This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus 2-4 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity. All candidates will be expected to submit a writing sample and transcripts.

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 here https://www.hbs.edu/employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

RS0055 Researcher I Humanities

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Division of Research and Faculty Development


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Appointment End Date


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