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Research Assistant, The Mobile Ecosystem Project

Research Assistant, The Mobile Ecosystem Project


The Mobile Ecosystem Project investigates how our online behavior may differ when we are on different devices. It is a cross-country comparative project (US, India, and Japan) drawing from web usage data on mobile phones and computers, respectively, taking into account the unique device ecosystem of each of these countries. We conduct a series of inquiries, with a focus on news consumption patterns, effects of COVID lockdowns, and the role of distinct national telecommunications and media policies in shaping the local mobile ecosystems. 


About this position:

The investigators are seeking two research assistants to support multiple research activities for spring 2024. RA duties and responsibilities may include:

  1. Analyzing internet access, consumption, and growth trends in the aforementioned countries.
  2. Research telecom and internet policy and industry landscape with a focus on major players.
  3. Help contextualize behavioral patterns based on quantitative analysis in relation to distinct internet ecosystems. 


About you

Preferred candidates will be passionate about digital media usage and show interest and experience in independent research.  An interest in global comparative studies is a plus, as is experience with non-English internet and digital cultures.

We are hiring up to two RAs. For one of these positions, fluency or proficiency in the Japanese language and familiarity with Japanese Internet and mobile cultures is a plus. 


To Apply:

Please send your current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience to Dr. Angela Xiao Wu ( with the subject line Mobile Ecosystem RA Application.


Eligibility/Other Information:

  • To be eligible for this position, you must be a currently enrolled student at Harvard University.
  • The time commitment would range between 8 - 12 hours per week. 
  • The ideal start date for this position is as soon as possible.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the hourly wage for the above position is $21 per hour.
  • No other benefits are provided.
  • We do not have the ability to provide authorization to work in the U.S.