Postdoctoral Fellow with the Pricing Lab (Macroeconomics) at the Digital, Data, and Design Institute



NOTE: This job listing has expired and may no longer be relevant!

Job description

School: Harvard Business School

Position Description

The Digital, Data, and Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard is accepting applications for multiple postdoctoral fellows for academic year 2023-2024 to work on research activities at our research labs. D^3 launched in the summer of 2022 with 12 labs working on research at the intersection of academia and practice. For more information on D^3, please visit

The postdoctoral fellows will work under the direct supervision of faculty Principal Investigators and the Senior Associate Director, Lab Operations. They will work closely with the lab manager and research associate(s) at each lab. D^3 is looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or new perspectives. There are no teaching requirements for these open positions.

As part of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH), The Pricing Lab, led by Professors Alberto Cavallo and Alexander MacKay, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in macroeconomics. The mission of the Pricing Lab is to conduct research on firm-level pricing decisions, underlying pricing capabilities, and the impacts of pricing on firm performance and the overall economy. An ideal candidate will be interested in the study of current policies and technologies and comfortable working directly with data.

A typical empirical project involves refining a research question, designing an experiment or survey, analyzing historical and experimental data, and writing targeted at peer reviewed social science journals. Candidates should have some familiarity with:

  • Economic theory about prices;
  • Programming/scripting knowledge suitable for processing raw data for analysis (e.g., text manipulation);
  • Econometric analysis of processed data;
  • One or more computational environments for statistical analysis (e.g., Stata, R, or Python);
  • Writing papers for management and economics journals;
  • Working with partner organizations or companies.

Basic Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in economics. PLEASE NOTE: If you have obtained your Ph.D. in the past 12 months you must be able to provide a certificate of completion from the degree-granting institution OR a letter from the institute’s registrar stating all requirements for the degree have been successfully completed and should verify the date the degree has been conferred. No exceptions.
  • Strong team player with excellent verbal and written communication skills


Additional Information:

This is a term position through June 30, 2024, with the strong possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. Relocation funding not provided.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

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. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and the lab PIs.

While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting interviews virtually (phone and/or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.

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 HBS work culture at

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Contact Information

Laura Kelley, Associate Director, Research Staff Services
Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02163

Contact Email: [email protected]

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: 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 4

How to apply

Apply now

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please apply here via the Harvard system. Please do not contact lab faculty; if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

All applications should include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Link to Github account and/or any software developed
  • Copy of academic records (official records are acceptable)
  • 2-page research statement describing prior research experience and future research plans
  • Two representative publications (preprints are acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Candidates may be asked to undergo an assessment as part of the interview process.

Harvard University is made up of 11 principal academic units – ten faculties and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The ten faculties oversee schools and divisions that offer courses and award academic degrees.