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Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Pre-Doctoral Researcher

Department - Research & Innovation
Location - Europe Campus
Status - Non Manager
Contract - Temporary - Full Time
Contact - at
[email protected]
Posted on - 09 Feb 2024

DEPARTMENT: Research Department
LOCATION: Europe Campus
REFERENCE: FBLRSH (email subject line on applications must include this reference)

The Research Department at INSEAD is currently seeking dedicated and talented Pre-Doctoral Researchers to join our pool of predocs in our campuses in Fontainebleau. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal at the end of the first year upon evaluation. Besides resident positions, in certain cases, we might also offer part time remote positions on short term assignments.

As a Pre-Doctoral Researcher, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading professors in various academic areas, including Accounting (ACC), Decision Sciences (DSC), Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (EFE), Economics & Political Science (EPS), Finance (FIN), Marketing (MKT), Organisational Behaviour (OB), Strategy (STR) and Technology & Operations Management (TOM).

Position Overview:

This role is designed for exceptional final-year students or recent Master's graduates with an outstanding academic record and a genuine passion for research. Our ideal candidates are motivated individuals eager to enhance their research skills while working alongside renowned scholars, with the aim of pursuing a Ph.D. in the future. Previous Pre-Doctoral Researchers at INSEAD have successfully transitioned to Ph.D. programs at prestigious institutions such as INSEAD, Harvard, Stanford, Caltech, Columbia, Sciences Po, LSE, Stockholm School of Economics and others. 

Ideal Candidate:

Our ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Is completing a Bachelor's or Master's degree or has recently graduated from a top institution

  • Has evidence of outstanding academic achievements and a strong quantitative or qualitative background (research work samples are a plus)

  • Has a clear ambition to pursue a Ph.D. in the future

  • Demonstrates proficiency in research tools and packages (R, Python, Matlab, SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.) 

  • Excels in detail-oriented research tasks and data analysis

  • Can work independently, manage timelines, and meet faculty expectations

  • Possesses previous research experience and knowledge of econometrics (strong pluses)

  • Is fluent in both written and spoken English


As a Pre-Doctoral Researcher your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with quantitative and/or qualitative research projects across academic areas

  • Brainstorming potential research questions

  • Conducting academic literature searches and reviews

  • Managing and analyzing data using software packages like R, Python, Matlab, SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.

  • Performing statistical data analysis, interpreting findings, and contributing to write-ups

  • Designing and conducting experiments

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please submit the following documents to [email protected] with the subject line including this job reference followed by your surname: "FBLRSH, Your Last Name”

  1. A cover letter (max. two pages) explaining your research experience/interest, competencies, and preferred academic areas (ranked if multiple)

  2. A detailed CV with contact details of two potential references

  3. A copy of your official academic transcripts and detailed marks

  4. A writing sample or dofile showcasing one of your core competencies

Selection process:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged. We will acknowledge all applications submitted but due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will only contact shortlisted candidates. Please make sure that your application is complete and includes all the required documents mentioned above.

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 del