Research Assistant (part-time)
Have you ever wondered about the state of diversity in the US fund management industry? The impact of venture capital investment in Latin America or Nepal? Or wanted to evaluate the impact of efforts to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia? Bella Private Markets, a consulting firm associated with Dr. Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School, is seeking a part-time research assistant to help with projects just like these.
Bella Private Markets focuses exclusively on providing solutions to the challenges facing the private capital industry. Led by Dr. Josh Lerner, Bella combines rigorous academic approaches with real world industry expertise to provide actionable insights for our clients. We focus on complex, customized projects that require thorough analysis, whether quantitative or qualitative in nature, to help our clients improve performance, optimize operations, and chart winning strategies for the future.
Bella Private Markets research assistants will have the opportunity to engage in a broad range of research related to private equity, venture capital, and innovation. Research assistants work in a supportive team environment to contribute to strategic reviews, bespoke research projects, innovation and investment policy assessments, and training sessions on industry best practices. They will assist in performing quantitative, data-intensive analysis and explore academic and industry literature. Some of Bella’s recent work includes:
- Strategic recommendations for the corporate VC unit of a Fortune 500 company;
- Risk modeling for a multi-billion dollar collateralized private equity product;
- A report on the state of racial and gender diversity in the asset management industry;
- Performance reviews of private equity firm investments;
- Research on the effects of foreign exchange hedging on private equity investments.
Bella offers research assistants the opportunity to explore in-depth the notoriously opaque private equity industry. Beyond working with Dr. Josh Lerner, named one of the most influential people in private equity, research assistants also work with private equity investors themselves.
Boston, MA (Hybrid Work Schedule) OR Remote
Basic qualifications for the research assistant position include:
- Completion of or currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Economics, Policy, Math, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Ideal candidates for the Bella Private Markets research assistant position have the following skills and characteristics:
Research assistants should have strong writing skills. Research assistants draft professional quality material under time constraints.
Research assistants should be comfortable with data. Research assistants navigate academic journals and private equity databases to find specific articles and data of interest. They are also involved in quantitative modeling projects. Any experience with statistical programs (such as R) is preferred, but not required.
Research assistants synthesize large amounts of information to offer a thorough overview of a range of topics. The value-add on many projects stems from the use of a variety of sources to present a clear picture—from general context to fine detail—on a given issue.
Research assistants should be team players. Research assistants must enjoy working on projects in a collaborative environment and enjoy learning from others.
Applicants should submit the following:
1. Cover letter.
Research assistants are independent contractors and are not employees of Bella.