Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Location: USA - MA - Boston
Internal Number: 62215BR
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 (RA) in the National Studies on Air Pollution and Health (NSAPH) group. 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. Senior 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 RA will work under nominal direction to perform a variety of non-laboratory research and quantitative statistical analysis tasks in support of the NSAPH group'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: Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a skills assessment. More information will be shared in the interview process.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from date of hire, with the possibility of extension. This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).
2+ years of related work experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Experience with statistical programming software such as R and/or Python, or related required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Bachelor's or Master's degree preferred; in a relevant field such as statistics is a strong plus
Some experience in statistics
Solid working knowledge of office processes and related computer software and electronic communications tools
Excellent computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications
Familiarity with HTML, CSS, and Markdown is a plus
Experience with computing cluster environments
Experience with GitHUB
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
Strong judgement and discretion dealing with confidential information
Experience in public health
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
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 University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website.
Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging 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.
EEO Statement 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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.