Research Associate

Description and Eligibility

Research Associates are paid appointees supporting research projects under the direction of a principal investigator and who generally have at least three years of postdoctoral experience.  A doctoral degree is required.

  • Eligible for Harvard employee benefits
  • Three month minimum appointment
  • May be reappointed annually; reappointment beyond eight years requires review   

Please note that many research associate positions require a search.  Once a faculty member or administrator is aware of an upcoming Research Associate appointment, they should notify the relevant Academic Appointments Manager, who will help assess the need for a search and provide advice on documenting a search, if necessary. 

Please see the FAS Appointment and Promotion Handbook  for additional details and policies and procedures regarding Research Associate appointments, which are governed by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).

Appointment Checklist (for Administrators)

For new appointments of Research Associates, the following information should be provided to the relevant Academic Appointments Manager:


New Research Associates will  be required to sign a Participation Agreement before their appointment can begin.

For Postdoctoral Fellows being reclassified to Research Associates, the following information should be provided to the relevant Academic Appointments Manager:

Visa Information

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