Post-Doctoral Researcher (Various Locations)

Research and Implementation · Boston, Massachusetts
Department Research and Implementation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


PAD is a rapidly scaling global non-profit that harnesses the power of technology, data science and behavioral economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomised controlled trials to prove our impact and cost effectiveness, to simultaneously learn from and improve our service, and to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. There are few programmes in international development that are as demonstrably cost effective as ours. We currently work in seven countries in Africa and Asia, and are expanding as more governments and organisations look for innovative ways to use new technologies to empower people across the developing world.


We are looking for a driven, creative and independent person to join a high-performing flexible team. As Post-Doctoral Researcher, you will work closely with PAD and affiliated researchers, as well as PAD country teams, to conduct research to inform program designs, identify market and behavioral failures, and test potential solutions using latest technologies and data, as well as insights from behavioral economics and data science. PAD works closely with leading researchers, including Shawn Cole of Harvard Business School, Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences, Michael Kremer of Harvard University’s department of economics, and Dan Bjorkegren, a leading researcher working at the intersection of data science and development economics at Brown University.




The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be responsible for the following main tasks:


  • Work closely with PAD scientific advisors, PAD researchers, and other affiliated scholars to coauthor journal articles, working papers, and policy briefs based on A/B tests and RCTs conducted by PAD and its partners

  • Develop new research ideas that support Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)’s programs and partners across geographies through research projects.

  • Provide guidance and supervision to PAD’s field teams on research implementation

  • Develop journal articles, working papers, and policy briefs

  • Participate in preparing grant proposals and donor reports



Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • PhD in economics, agricultural economics, public policy, or related field

  • Experience with research in developing countries

  • Experience with field experiments

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong writing skills

  • Experience in agriculture and technology for development

  • Ability to work independently in a global start-up NGO environment

  • Willingness to be based in one of PAD’s field sites, or to travel up to 40%


Position Details


Locations: Boston, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda 

Start Date: July 2020 

Expected length of Commitment: Two to three years


Application process


Interested candidates should submit an updated CV, a cover letter and contact information for 3 references on our website’s job portal by February 15, 2020. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a request to submit your job market paper for consideration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


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  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Department
    Research and Implementation
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience