Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Department of Biostatistics is a very busy and diverse department focused on research and teaching. Our 65+ 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 150 students are enrolled in these programs.
The Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, is seeking candidates with a Master's degree in biostatistics, applied mathematics, statistical physics, computer science, or a related quantitative field for a Data Scientist position to work on a digital women's health study. For general details of the study, including study investigators, please see https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/harvard-apple-nih-study/. The Data Scientist will work as part of a large interdisciplinary team consisting of epidemiologists, clinicians, biostatisticians, computer scientists, and biomedical engineers to develop and apply methods to data collected by a smartphone or wearable device. Responsibilities will include development of data management plans and analytic protocols, implementation of computational methods for big data, efforts to enhance reproducible science, data analysis and visualization, interpretation of results in close collaboration with study investigators, and manuscript preparation. There will also be opportunities to disseminate results by attending and presenting at national and international scientific meetings. This is a very exciting research area for anyone with a serious interest in temporally dense, high-dimensional data and its applications in women's health. Methodologic challenges within this context will include dealing with missing data and dropout, the development of multi-stage sampling strategies for validation sub-studies, and the development of novel data integration methods that link survey and passively collected data with other data types.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with the possibility for extension.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.
The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts 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!
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in biostatistics or statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, statistical physics, or a related quantitative field, or equivalent work experience, required
2+ years of related experience required
Programming skills in Python required
Familiarity with big data analysis frameworks, such as Apache Spark, preferred
Experience with SQL preferred
Experience in applied statistics and computational methods preferred
Experience working with very large datasets preferred
Interest in open-source software, reproducibility and data management preferred
Interest in high-performance computing preferred
Experience contributing to research of new statistical approaches, inference algorithms, and machine learning techniques preferred
Familiarity with multiple data science tools (R, Shiny, GIS, d3, Python, SQL, SAS, etc.), and interest in leaning new tools, preferred
Must be able to work independently and in a team environment and must have strong oral and written communication skills 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: 50619BR
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.