Research Associate

Research · Medellin, Antioquia
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time

To apply: please submit your CV and cover letter in English

About us
Good Business Lab ( is an independent, non-profit labor innovation lab that uses rigorous research methods to design, develop, and test scalable, market-ready interventions capable of providing dual benefits to workers and businesses. 

The founders of the lab are 
Ach Adhvaryu - Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan (,  Anant Nyshadham - Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, and Anant Ahuja - head of Organization Development at Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. Our work in Latin America is done with Jorge Tamayo - Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School.

We have been incubated at Shahi Exports, India's biggest apparel export house, where we have conducted several studies in their sixty plus factories in the past six years and have now expanded our work to the United States and Latin America, having an office in Medellín, Colombia. Some of our other partners include the Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania, Arcos Dorados, Grupo Éxito, Toyota, the United Nations Development Program, International Labor Organization.

GBL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed. 

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We offer traditional workplace benefits as stated by the Colombian labor law such as insurance and travel allowance. We also offer several other non-monetary workplace benefits like flexible work hours, and the ability to work remotely. We are a young and growing start-up making us the ideal ground for team members to experiment, take on dynamic roles, and grow with us. We focus on happiness, output, and quality of work.


Projects include looking at the effect of managerial training on firm productivity in the quick service restaurant industry, the effect of marketplace and pricing structures on consumers’ benefits and choice to use online versus in person shopping in the food retail industry, as well as the impact of new product introduction on production dynamics in the automotive industry.


To ensure the smooth implementation of all projects, we are looking for a Research Associate, details of which are given below.
Please note that the applicants are requested to submit their CV and Cover Letter in English.


Location: Medellín, Colombia 


Length of Commitment: at least one year


Start Date: ASAP (applications being accepted on a rolling basis)

Remuneration: 4,000,000 – 4,500,000 Colombian Peso per month


Who are you?


Ideally you have:


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics/statistics required; Masters preferred
  • Knowledge of Stata (any other statistical tool) preferred
  • Ability to work in a team, manage multiple projects on the ground and be self-motivated
  • Ability to converse in Spanish and English
  • Strong communication skills


What will you do?


The Associate will work closely with academic researchers, the research implementation team, and other research staff to help implement various projects. Key responsibilities include (but not limited to):


  • Designing survey instruments and ensuring that survey is being conducted properly
  • Monitoring data quality and ensuring that problems with data are resolved promptly
  • Identifying potential threats to research design, proposing solutions, and escalating as needed to researchers
  • Conducting secondary research and literature reviews
  • Ensuring research and data protocols are upheld. (For instance, ensuring IRB approval before data collection, ensuring coding and analysis protocols are followed)
  • Ensuring project documentation is complete and well maintained
  • Preparing policy memos and brochures on past and on-going research
  • Cleaning data required for the analysis of a study
  • Coordinating with the administrative and finance teams on a variety of tasks related to payments to study participants and other study related costs
  • Maintaining relations with partner organizations


What will be your benefits?


  • No fixed number of leaves.
  • Autonomy and flexible working culture (work from home, flexible hours, and occasional remote work)
  • Personal development: we support the development of our team through mentorship and regular access to external training programs.


What should you be comfortable with?


  • A dynamic environment with competing priorities
  • Working in a team with shared responsibilities
  • Independently coordinating with coworkers to accomplish goals
  • Being resourceful in new environments and scenarios
  • Problem-solve in hi-pressure environments

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