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Title Research Associate
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)
Position Description

The Institute for Quantitative Social Science is seeking a Research Associate on the Data Science and Product Research team at Harvard University.

While social science research drives us, we strive to create broad-based, powerful, scalable, extendable products that will be useful in diverse research domains and scholarly environments. We aim to build tools that will enable breakthrough advances in a sweeping range of social problems.

The Research Associate is in charge of generating and developing statistical software at IQSS, and in particular manages the Zelig research software project (Zelig: Everyone’s Statistical Software ( The Senior Research Scientist works under IQSS’ Faculty Director, Gary King, and the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer, Merce Crosas, along with members of the Data Science Services team, and other IQSS research scientists. She or he helps make statistical software scalable and reusable by a large number of scholars in social science and beyond, as well as grow a community of contributors to the Zelig research project and related statistical projects developed at IQSS. She or he coordinates with IQSS’ Faculty Director to contribute to the vision, direction, and architecture of the Zelig project from an Academic research perspective, and other statistical and data science projects that can facilitate and widely impact cutting-edge social science research.  In addition, this person will: conduct research that supports the mission of IQSS, including both basic and applied research on topics at the intersection of social science, statistics, and data science; disseminate research results through publication and public speaking; and otherwise contribute to intellectual and programmatic leadership. This person acquires and maintains knowledge of emerging statistical technologies, quantitative methods, and research trends, making recommendations on future expansion and development of new statistical and data science systems and projects at IQSS. Further, they will assist with research questions posed by Harvard researchers, and be involved in initiatives led by the Data Science Services team.

Basic Qualifications

Minimum five years hands-on experience with data science in a research environment, including statistical programming, statistical methods, and social science research. Ph.D. in social science, statistics, computer science, or related discipline. Knowledge of the R statistical language and/or Python strongly preferred. Experience developing research tools successfully used by other scholars and strong research background. Excellent communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively in an exciting academic environment with some of the best scholars, staff, and students in the world. Demonstrated deep interest in continuing to learn new trends in social science research, learning and developing new methods and algorithms, and expanding statistical programming skills. Works well with others but has also shown to be an independent contributor.

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To apply, please send cv and cover letter to Dr. Merce Crosas at

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