Empirical Research Fellow

Job Type

Full Time




1515 Massachusetts Avenue
Austin Hall
United States


The Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School (CJPP) is hiring an Empirical Research Fellow. The Empirical Research Fellow will assist a team of Harvard Law School professors and attorneys in the preparation of a report on racial disparities in the Massachusetts criminal justice system. This will include:

·        Collecting, managing, and structuring quantitative datasets

·        Designing templates for data distribution in close collaboration with the providers of the original data

·        Statistical analyses of complex datasets and interpretation of results

·        Communication of results in graphics and reports

It is expected that the Empirical Research Fellow will become an integral member of the research team with substantial responsibility for data collection, management, and analysis. The research fellow will work closely with data professionals in the Massachusetts judiciary and elsewhere, and with Ph.D.-trained faculty at Harvard Law School. The position should therefore serve as an excellent platform for those considering graduate school, law school, or business school in the future.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field required. Must have demonstrated programming skills in (1) Python, Ruby, or other languages suitable for scraping and other data assembly tasks, and (2) data analysis packages such as R or Stata.


Additional Qualifications

A strong interest in social science research. The fellowship requires intellectual creativity, eagerness to take initiative and solve intricate problems, the ability to work independently, with strong research and analytical writing skills.


This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to July 15, 2019 subject to funding and departmental need.


Fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, and the capacity to attend on-campus lectures and seminars.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, undergraduate transcript, and two references.