The Department of Biostatistics is a very busy and diverse department focused on research and teaching. Our 70+ faculty are leaders in the development of statistical methods for clinical trials and observational studies, studies on the environment, computational biology, and genomics/genetics. We offer degree programs in biostatistics, computational biology and data science; currently, more than 180 students are enrolled in these programs.
Our team invites applications for a Research Assistant in Dr. Francesca Dominici's Lab. The work will involve close collaboration with Dr. Dominici, co-Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative and Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/francesca-dominici/), and her team of PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and data scientists. Research Scientist, Dr. Danielle Braun, who is a senior member of the Dominici Lab., will supervise the position. The team's current research focus is on the development and implementation of statistical and machine learning methods to estimate causal effects of environmental exposures on health in the presence of high dimensional data, multiple exposures, strong confounding, and complex, non-linear relationships. The team has access to many rich datasets in these areas, including high-resolution air pollution data and health data from Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies, to which these methods will be applied in order to answer high impact scientific questions.
The Research Assistant will work under nominal direction to perform a variety of non-laboratory research and quantitative statistical analysis tasks in support of the Dominici laboratory's research programs. The ideal candidate has experience supporting complex scientific research programs involving multiple studies, grants, and collaborators.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assist lab members in conducting specific research projects including but not limited to conducting literature review, statistical analysis, and revising and editing manuscripts to respond to reviewer comments.
Develop early-stage research projects and assist in developing projects in collaboration with potential students and other collaborators.
Explore funding ideas and identify specific research gaps that funding proposals could address.
Lead individual and collaborative data analysis projects and conduct preliminary data analysis for funding proposals
Develop statistical methods and software
Serve as principal liaison to disseminate the group's findings on specific research projects.
Organize and schedule research meetings.
Manage scientific research activities, including detailed to do lists, action items between the lab and funded collaborations with other labs (internal to Harvard and external)
Perform other duties as assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's
3+ years of related work experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Experience in R and SAS required
Bachelor's or Master's degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, or related field preferred
Experience in public health, and providing research support in a high-profile environment with tact and diplomacy, preferred
Strong writing skills (for participation in writing scientific publications) preferred
Experience with GitHub is a plus
Solid working knowledge of office processes and related computer software (such as Microsoft Office and web-based applications) and electronic communications tools preferred
Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and Markdown, and experience with computing cluster environments, are plusses
Experience being a flexible team player; Strong communication and interpersonal skills; Works well across teams in supporting a variety of projects and constituencies; Experience working in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities; Strong organizational skills; Strong attention to detail and quality; Strong quantitative and statistical skills, and strong judgement and discretion dealing with confidential information are all preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54350BR
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