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Harvard University Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Profs. Enke and Graeber) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Profs. Enke and Graeber)

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Economics

Position Description

Professors Benjamin Enke and Thomas Graeber ( HBS ) are looking to hire a full-time pre-doctoral fellow for the academic year 2021-2022, with an option to extend for a second year pending funding and performance. The pre-doc will be based at Harvard (pending the Covid situation) and will closely collaborate with us on all aspects of our research. The focus of the pre-doc’s work will be on projects related to complexity and cognitive uncertainty, please see our websites for earlier papers on this topic. The pre-doc might also get involved in other projects, such as Enke’s work on moral universalism and Graeber’s work on memory. Specific tasks will include:

• Designing, programming and implementing experiments and surveys

• Analyzing experimental, survey and observational data and writing up results

• Literature reviews and editing papers

• Working on formal models

Aside from working with us, the pre-doc will be given the opportunity to take one course from Harvard’s course catalog per semester, and to participate in research seminars, student workshops etc. (all pending Covid development).

Applications should include (i) cover letter that explains motivation and prior experience, (ii) informative CV that lists degrees, research experience and software skills (iii) one reference letter and (iv) copy of transcript. The position is fully paid, and a visa can be arranged. We especially encourage women and members of underrepresented minority groups to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Basic Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have (i) a background in economics or applied math; (ii) a demonstrated interest in and prior exposure to behavioral economics, in particular complexity and bounded rationality and (iii) prior experience with coding and / or conducting experiments. The position is ideally suited for students who would like to improve their research skills after a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to prepare themselves for graduate school.

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Contact Information

Benjamin Enke

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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, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 1

Maximum Number of References Allowed

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