Research Associate

Research · Bengaluru, Karnataka
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Good Business Lab is an independent, non-profit labor innovation lab. We use rigorous academic research to prove that worker wellbeing programs have business impacts. We develop market-ready, scalable interventions capable of providing dual benefits to workers and businesses. Our goal is to disrupt the traditional notion of business, and show that worker wellbeing can be a part of core business strategy, or in other words, a good business practice.

The founders of the lab are Ach Adhvaryu - assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Michigan (www.achadhvaryu.com/), Anant Ahuja – head of Organization Development at Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. and Anant Nyshadham – assistant professor of economics at Boston College (www.anantnyshadham.com/).

We've been incubated at Shahi Exports - India's biggest apparel export house, and have conducted several studies in their sixty plus factories in the past six years. In one study we found that the net return to the firm from training women workers in life skills (such as financial literacy, communication, and problem solving) is 250%, 8 months after program completion. This program called P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement), co-created by Gap Inc., Shahi, ICRW, and Swasthi has been scaled at a global level to reach over 45,000 female garment workers in 12 countries. Some of our other partners include, the Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania, the United Nations Development Program, and Humanity United.

Going forward, projects include looking at the migration experience and mental health of workers and how this is affected by pairing them with experienced workers from their region (through a novel ‘buddy system’), how volunteering helps develop soft skills that affect employment outcomes among college students, unlocking female labor through rural training centers, and how an effective grievance redressal system for workers affects their job outcomes. To ensure the smooth implementation of all projects, we are looking for a Research Associate, details of which are given below.

 

Location: Bengaluru, India

Length of Commitment: at least one year

Remuneration: 6-10 lacs p.a.

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

 

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 Kannada/Hindi.

What will you do?

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

  •  Designing survey instruments and making regular field visits (can be to rural areas) to ensure 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.
  • Interfacing with government officials and media personnel along with the PR team.
  • Cleaning data required for the analysis of a study.
  • Coordinating with the administrative and finance teams on a variety of tasks related to payment and contracts of field staff.
  • Maintaining relations with partner organizations.

What will be your benefits?

  • No fixed number of leaves.
  • Weekly opportunities to be on calls and discuss ideas and questions directly with our Research Directors.
  • Autonomy and flexible working culture (work from home, flexible hours, and occasional remote work.)
  • Opportunity to work with smart people who want to make an impact.
  • 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. 
  • Occasionally travel at short notice to rural places.

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 monetary workplace benefits such as insurance and travel allowance. We also offer several other non-monetary workplace benefits like flexible work hours, the ability to work remotely, and no rigid limit on annual paid leave. 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.

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  • Location
    Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Department
    Research
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level