Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Massachusetts, United States
28 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Position Description

This is a two-year postdoctoral position developing statistical methods for finding patterns in complex biomedical data, working with Jeff Miller in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The primary focus is on methods for high-dimensional clinical and genetic data to perform dimension reduction, variable selection, cluster analysis, disease subtype discovery+classification, and prediction of disease onset+progression. Models and methods of interest include hierarchical models, latent factorization models, sparse regression, mixture models, machine learning algorithms, and optimal experimental design.

Through a partnership with the Collaborative Center for X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism (CCXDP) at Massachusetts General Hospital, we have access to longitudinal clinical and genetic data for individuals with a rare genetic disease that leads to dystonia and Parkinson-like symptoms. This postdoctoral position will involve developing methods for and analyzing this data, working with Dr. Miller and the CCXDP team to better understand and develop treatments for this debilitating disease.

Basic Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, Computer Science, Applied Math, or a related field. Expertise in Bayesian statistics and machine learning, including hierarchical models, factorization models, sparse regression, mixtures, tree-based methods, MCMC, EM, hypothesis tests, etc. Strong programming skills (e.g., in Julia, Python, R, C++). Experience with high-dimensional categorical/ordinal data is a plus.

Primary author on at least one publication in a leading peer-reviewed journal.

Additional Qualifications

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  • Cover letter, including why you think this position is a good fit for you.
  • CV
  • Sample publications

Contact Information

Application questions regarding this position can be sent to Susan Luvisi at sluvisi@hsph.harvard.edu.

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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.

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