Job Opening | Research Support Director WRDS

Monday, March 5, 2018

WRDS at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Research Support Director at WRDS.

With more than 300 institutional subscribers worldwide, WRDS is recognized by the academic and financial research communities as the leading research and business intelligence platform. As the standard for business research, WRDS provides researchers around the globe with access to a host of financial databases along with high quality research analytics. Originally developed to support research at Wharton in 1993, WRDS has grown to become a dedicated network of research institutions with over 18,000 research scholars in more than 25 countries. The WRDS community consists of prominent universities, top research institutions, and non-profit organizations, including Stanford, Harvard, London Business School, INSEAD, SEC and the Fed, among others. ABOUT THE SCHOOL: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school and is renowned globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Work with a team of PhDs and IT professionals with expertise in finance, accounting, economics, statistics and computer science to help the WRDS Research Community by providing high quality research programs, analytics, applications, research replications, and related research tools. Advise on best practices of conducting empirical research with WRDS data. Create and deliver new financial and analytical products that are specialized, complex, and based on academic research to academics and corporate customers. Present these products in a user-friendly format on our web site. Assist WRDS users on research and data-related issues. Conduct academic and corporate training seminars for WRDS users around the world, including scholars (faculty, PhD students) in finance, accounting, economics and other business disciplines. Advise WRDS Data and IT team on data integrity processes, enhancing current products and contributing to the design of new products and services to facilitate research accuracy and reliability. Contribute to WRDS by working on innovative academic and corporate projects to enhance the value of WRDS brand. Conduct research- and data-related academic training seminars for WRDS users. Maintain solid knowledge of trends in finance and accounting research as well as outstanding empirical skills. Within your area of expertise, you will be expected to stay up-to-date with current research to help us identify new finance research applications. This requirement implies active participation in academic and corporate conferences.


PhD (or ABD) with specialization in Finance, Accounting, or Economics and 1-2 years of experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Broad experience in empirical research with the various financial/economic databases and solid knowledge of research literature in finance/accounting are strongly preferred. Knowledge of programming languages (SAS, in particular) is critical to the success of this position.

Candidates are invited to submit their resume with a cover letter, references, and a sample of research to:

Luis Palacios, PhD. Director of Research Services,
WRDS The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
St. Leonard's Court Suite 300,
3819 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104

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