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Pre-Doctoral Research Associate: Accounting

Pre-Doctoral Research Associate: Accounting

Department - Research
Location - Europe Campus
Status - Non Manager
Contract - Temporary - Full Time
Contact - Research Talent at
[email protected]
Posted on - 06 Feb 2024

DEPARTMENT:  Accounting Area
LOCATION: Europe Campus 
REFERENCE: ACCFBL (Email subject must include reference)

We are looking for a full-time pre-doctoral student to work as a Research Associate on INSEAD’s  France campus. This position is ideal for recent Master’s graduates looking to develop their research skills, with a view of applying to a PhD program. We are looking for someone who is good at managing data and in particular using software packages such as Stata, SAS, Python, and R. Ideally, they would also have experience working in social sciences research projects. The Research Associate core mission is to assist the school’s Accounting faculty in conducting research.

The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal at the end of the first year upon evaluation. It is a full-time position.


  • Assist with quantitative research projects in the area of accounting and financial reporting, management accounting, corporate governance, and sustainability reporting.

  • Brainstorm about potential research questions.

  • Extract data from conventional databases (e.g., CRSP, Compustat, I/B/E/S, Worldscope, Datastream, Execucomp, etc.) or hand-collect and clean data from company documents for analysis. 

  • Data management and programming using software packages such as Stata, SAS, R, and Python.  Proficiency in Stata and SAS is preferred.

  • Conduct statistical data analysis  and assist with the interpretation, write up and dissemination of findings.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Management, Statistics, or Computer Science. Prior knowledge of accounting and finance is preferred.

  • Fluency in written and oral English.

  • Excellent programming skills that can be applied in software packages such as Stata, SAS, R, or Python. Proficiency in Stata and SAS is preferred.

  • Previous research experience and knowledge of econometrics is a strong plus.

  • Excellent academic record and work ethic are required.

  • Strong interest in conducting empirical research in accounting, finance, or economics.

  • Clear ambition to pursue a PhD in the future.


To be considered for the position, please submit 

  1. Curriculum vitae; 

  2. Cover letter describing your research experience, motivation and competencies

  3. Writing sample  (empirical research paper preferred)

  4. Academic Grade Transcript

  5. Up to two names and contact details of potential references

Applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted by email to [email protected]. Please mention job reference (ACCFBL). The review will begin immediately. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

INSEAD is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. We consider applicants for employment without regard to factors such as gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or nationality.


The personal data (CV, motivation letter, etc.) you communicate to INSEAD will be registered and stored in our database. They will be treated as confidential information and we will not communicate them to third parties under any condition. We will keep your personal data for a period of 1 year in order to be reviewed in case a new opportunity arises within INSEAD. Your data will be deleted after this period.