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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Position Deleted on 4/28/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cambridge, MA
  • Admin - Laboratory and Research
  • Faculty - Law and Legal Studies
Full Time

School/Unit: Harvard Law School

Duties & Responsibilities

The HLS Program on the Legal Profession ( seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct empirical and comparative research on how globalization impacts the structures, norms and dynamics of the legal profession in China, Brazil, India and other emerging economies. This fellow will work collaboratively with another Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the same project and with the Program's Executive Director, Faculty Director, Research Directors, as well as affiliated faculty and fellows at HLS and collaborating academic institutions, to conceive, develop, and execute research in this and related areas. It is anticipated that a significant part of this Fellow's time will be spent conducting research on the Indian legal profession, including travel to India. The fellow will also be intimately involved in GLEE's legal education focus area as well as will be expected to contribute to a comparative research agenda centered on existing and ongoing work in India, China, and Brazil.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow works proactively and independently to design and conduct empirical research and to analyze and synthesize results, while also functioning as part of various often-decentralized research teams and working groups. Writes and collaborates on scholarly papers, research reports, white papers, newsletters and conference materials. Proactively communicates research findings verbally and in writing to team members, collaborators and funders and meaningfully contributes to Program efforts to apply, adapt and comment upon such research for the benefit of student, legal practitioner and nontechnical audiences. Assists in planning, conducting and contributing to scholarly conferences, panel presentations and academic exchanges. Works sensitively with confidential information, maintains research compliance, and preserves documents, data, and research materials in organized physical and electronic file systems. Assists as requested in hiring, training or supervising Program fellows and student research assistants. 

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must possess top-notch empirical research skills (quantitative and/or qualitative) in sociology, business, economics, law, demographics, organization theory, management sciences or a similar field as demonstrated by prior research projects, doctoral work, publications or employment experience. Experience in designing and administering complex empirical survey instruments is highly desirable. Strong professional networks and experience conducting research in emerging legal and professional services markets, particularly in India, is highly desirable. Extensive experience living and working in one of the GLEE focus countries, preferably India, is also a plus.

A JD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree is required. Applicants with a JD or equivalent legal background must have demonstrated empirical research experience. PhD applicants must have completed work on their PhD (or, at a minimum, have finalized and submitted their dissertation) prior to July 2013. Interest in and achievements relevant to the Program's mission and the primary research focus of this position must be clearly articulated in application materials to be considered. CVs will not be considered without an accompanying statement.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. Experience with legal research platforms (e.g., Westlaw, LEXIS-NEXIS), project management tools (e.g., Access) and data analysis programs (e.g., STATA) are highly desirable.

An excellent command of verbal and written English is a must, as are a positive attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, creativity, and outstanding interpersonal skills. Strong skills in one of the current GLEE countries of focus (Hindi, Chinese or Portuguese) would also be a plus.

Additional Qualifications

Applicants should provide: (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a 2-3 page statement describing the applicant's research interests and experience, their reasons for seeking a research fellowship with the Program, their interest in the GLEE project, and how their academic background and research experience match the interests of the Program; and (3) a representative publication or manuscript reflecting substantial authorship by the applicant, preferably one with minimal outside editing.

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

This is a term appointment currently expected to extend through June 30, 2014 subject to funding and departmental need.

All offers will be made by HLS Human Resources.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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