We're hiring!

We are a team of social scientists and policy professionals who are committed to rigorously answering questions that the public sector has asked. You’re the kind of person we’re looking for if: you’re torn between a career in research and a career in social impact; you are committed to systemic change through government; you thrive working with a team on multiple projects at once; and you have lived or professional experience related to the topics we work on.

Current and forthcoming openings are below.

If you are interested in working with the People Lab in another capacity or have any questions we would love to hear from you. Please send an email to peoplelab@hks.harvard.edu.

Research Associate

This position is ideal for someone with 2+ years of experience who is interested in getting more in-depth training in applied research. Research Associates support multiple projects at a time, under the guidance of a Research Manager and/or Research Director. Responsibilities may include data cleaning and analysis, literature reviews, and supporting manuscript preparation, as well as direct interaction with government partners to co-design and evaluate interventions using a randomized controlled trial (RCT). We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

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Research Manager

This position is ideal for candidates with a graduate degree who have experience executing the implementation of research projects, communicating and coordinating with academics and people working in government, conducting quantitative and statistical analysis, and training junior research staff. The Research Manager will work on many projects simultaneously at a fast pace, and will be involved in all aspects of projects including: project scoping and design, communication with government partners, field visits, coordination of other staff, applying for funding, and producing policy-relevant and academically-relevant publications. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

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Summer 2023 Research Fellow

This position is ideal for MPP and PhD students who are interested in spending the summer getting training in applied research. Research Fellows will work closely with our Research Directors to support our design and implementation of rigorous research studies, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Responsibilities may include data cleaning and analysis, drafting and editing papers, policy reports, and presentations, and assisting in researching and completing grant proposals. Research fellows are expected to work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the 2023 summer.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to peoplelab@hks.harvard.edu. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.

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Student Research Opportunities

If you are a PhD or MPP student at Harvard’s Kennedy School or a student at Harvard College and you are interested in opportunities to work with The People Lab, please send your resume and cover letter to peoplelab@hks.harvard.edu.

We are currently hiring undergrads for the Spring 2023 semester. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is January 6, 2023.

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