Pre-Doctoral Research Associate Position in Accounting

INSEAD The Business School for the World

Job Description
We are looking for a full-time pre-doctoral graduate to work as a Research Associate (Area Researcher) on INSEAD’s France or Singapore campus to assist the Accounting faculty in conducting research.

The position would suit a university graduate or Master’s graduate looking to develop their research skills with a view to applying to a PhD programme. The ideal candidate will have strong data management skills, particularly software packages such as Python, SAS, and Stata. Experience of social sciences research projects would be a plus.

The full-time position is for one year, with a possibility of renewal after evaluation at the end of the year.
For the Singapore campus, we would be looking for local candidates or those authorized to work in Singapore.


  • Assist with quantitative research projects on the functioning of capital markets and corporate governance.
  • Brainstorm about potential research questions.
  • Extract data from different databases or company documents for analysis.
  • Data management and programming with software packages such as Stata, Matlab, and Python.
  • Perform statistical data analysis, including running regressions.
  • Assist with interpretation, write-up and dissemination of findings through the preparation of journal articles and presentations.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, or Business.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent programming skills that can be applied to software packages such as Python, SAS, and Stata.
  • Previous research experience and knowledge of econometrics would be a plus.
  • Excellent academic record and work ethic.
  • Keen interest in empirical research in business or economics.
  • Ambition to pursue a PhD in the future.

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing your research experience, motivation and competences. In the cover letter, you will explain precisely how your skills and experience match the tasks description. Please join a writing sample (empirical research paper preferred) and your academic transcript. The candidates should also provide the name and contact details of two potential references. We will review applications as they arrive and until the position is filled.

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