Information Technology, Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Department of Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studies the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing ground-breaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.
The CausaLab (within the Department of Epidemiology) conducts cutting edge research involving the study design and statistical analysis of large health care databases for several national and international NIH-funded projects. The Lab consists of a team of 6. The investigators within the CausaLab have obtained uninterrupted funding for their teams for more than 20 years. Currently this includes projects in HIV, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, opioids, COVID-19, pregnancy and methodological applications of causal inference and artificial intelligence. Results from studies have informed guidelines for the treatment and prevention of multiples diseases, and contributed to the innovation of methods to generate valid evidence from real world data. The candidate will join this core team of two investigators and our current Programmer, whom has been with the team for over 15 years.
The CausaLab is seeking a full-time Senior Programmer to support a research team of faculty members (principal investigators Miguel Hernán and Sonia Hernández-Díaz), postdoctoral researchers, students, and external collaborators. The Senior Programmer will be responsible for data cleaning and management of healthcare databases and other complex databases, as well as for the development, maintenance, and documentation of code.
Additional job duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and deploy data cleaning, data management, variable creation, and variable naming protocols of projects involving electronic health records, administrative claims, and other complex databases
Create and maintain databases using R and SAS in collaboration with members of the research team
Create and link customized databases and analytic datasets in UNIX and Windows environments
Lead the development, maintenance, and documentation of software in R and SAS (including R functions and SAS macros for data management and analysis support), and occasionally Python & SQL
Function as a resource for researchers, post-docs and other trainees to help debug programs and to access correct data
Identify inefficiencies in the programming and data management infrastructure and advise the Principal Investigator on potential solutions and alternatives
Obtain approval to access and work with data from US Veterans Administration
Troubleshoot the team's IT server infrastructure
May assist the PIs with development of data management standard operating procedures and policies
Performs other duties as assigned
An ideal applicant will have practical experience in SAS and/or R and SQL, an engineering-like mindset, be mathematically oriented, and enjoy writing code for large and complex datasets.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from date of hire, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit work samples (sample code) and/or complete a coding assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: The finalist will be required to complete both the Harvard University and US Veterans Administration background screening processes.
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin as soon as August/September 2021 (or later into the fall), 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 as a condition of continued employment 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 180 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
Minimum of 2+ years post-secondary education and/or relevant work experience
Professional working experience with R, SAS and/or related software required
Professional experience working with SQL required
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
Master's Degree in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Informatics, or other health data related field
Experience with Python
Knowledge of maintenance and support of IT infrastructure systems within an enterprise environment
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Excellent efficiency and time management skills
Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and accuracy
Experience collaborating with all levels of research team; demonstrated team performance skills
Service-oriented mindset and approach
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
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: 54917BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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