Research Manager

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

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 (, Anant Ahuja – head of Organization Development at Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. and Anant Nyshadham – assistant professor of economics at Boston College (

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 Manager, details of which are given below.

Location: Bengaluru, India

Length of Commitment: at least one year

Remuneration: 10-18 LPA 

 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 (or any other statistical tool) required.

  • Ability to work in a team, manage multiple projects on the ground and be self-motivated. 

  • Ability to converse in Kannada/Hindi.

  • Background in Randomised Controlled Trials strongly preferred. 

What will you do?

Research Managers at GBL work closely with academic researchers, the research implementation team, data manager and other field staff to help implement various projects. They typically manage up to 2-3 projects and mentor 2-3 Research Associates.

Primary Responsibilities (70-80% time):

  • Mentor Research Associates and other staff

  • Set priorities for projects in consultation with researchers

  • Maintain clear communication between researchers and GBL staff and clarify expectations

  • Anticipate challenges to research projects and work with researchers to address them

  • Identify and mitigate risks to research projects

  • Ensure that the project has sufficient material and human resources

  • Ensure that projects follow GBL standards and protocols in consultation with Data and Field teams

  • Ensure alignment between research team and implementation partners

  • Assist with the responsibilities of Research Associates (for example data cleaning, survey planning, surveyor hiring) as required

Other Responsibilities (20-30%):

  • Assist with screening and hiring Research Associates

  • Prepare report for funding agencies

  • Lead training session of Research Associates and other staff

  • Help improve the procedures, policies, and culture of GBL

  • Represent GBL at meetings with external stakeholders (by delivering presentations, for example) 

  • Contribute to GBL’s communications (blogs and articles) as requested

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.

  • Travel within or across states by land or air on average of twice a month for 3-5 days. 

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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