Statistical Analyst/Programmer

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
04 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Summary

The Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR), an organization within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is responsible for the design, monitoring and statistical analysis of clinical trials and observational studies for several major NIH-funded clinical research networks. CBAR employs over 70 statisticians and epidemiologists including Harvard faculty, research scientists and staff. CBAR researchers have provided statistical leadership and support for clinical research networks for more than twenty-five years. Currently this includes infectious disease networks such as: the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT), and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). Results from studies have helped to establish the paradigm for the treatment and prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases, and contributed to US and international treatment and prevention guidelines.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

CBAR is looking to hire a Statistical Analyst/Programmer for studies undertaken by the ACTG. This position is responsible for statistical analysis and programming support for clinical trials and observational studies, including all aspects of work from study development through monitoring; interim, primary and secondary analyses; and dissemination of results.

The Statistical Analyst/Programmer will work with study protocol teams to further the infectious diseases research mission of CBAR and collaborating researchers. Under guidance of a senior statistician/epidemiologist, duties include, but are not limited to, the following: assisting with statistical analysis and programming activities for individual studies and cross-study efforts; providing statistical programming solutions and ensuring their efficient implementations under supervision and consistent with standard operation procedures; helping to determine and develop approaches to technical solutions; producing accurate and reliable results; maintaining awareness of and familiarity with various risks associated with a study and the impact on the quality of deliverables; managing timelines and scope based on resourcing and priority constraints; and building and maintaining effective working relationships with collaborating researchers and study team members.   

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support development of study case report forms and study registration/randomization materials
  • Undertake programming to create datasets for statistical analyses and document datasets
  • Assist with quality assurance of study data
  • Provide input into the statistical analysis plan and creation of table, figure, and listing specifications, collaborating with the lead biostatistician/epidemiologist in order to provide high quality statistical analyses
  • Undertake programming to create tables and figures for study monitoring and analysis reports, and to undertake statistical analyses to address study research questions
  • Assist with drafting of study analysis reports
  • Work on committees to advance statistical analysis and programming activities in CBAR
  • Other duties as assigned

CBAR provides a strong program for growth and professional development for Statistical Analyst/Programmers including a defined career path with opportunities to progress within our biostatistician or statistical programming career tracks.
Please attach the following when applying: 1) Resume, 2) Cover letter, 3) Sample of SAS code (solely created by the applicant), and 4) Names and email contact information for three (3) professional references.

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of November 30, 2020, with strong likelihood of renewal until 2027.

PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a modified manner – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work.

Basic Qualifications

  • 2+ years of related experience; a combination of experience and education may be considered

Please attach the following when applying: 1) Resume, 2) Cover letter, 3) Sample of SAS code (solely created by the applicant), and 4) Names and email contact information for three (3) professional references.

Additional Qualifications

  • BA, BS in biostatistics or statistics, or similar quantitative field with significant statistical training strongly preferred
  • Experience, or experience through education, related to statistical software, such as SAS, for managing study data, preparing tables and figures for reports, and for statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of statistical and/or clinical trials preferred
  • Experience programming in Linux, UNIX, or other high-level programming languages preferred
  • Experience with data cleaning preferred
  • Strong attention to detail, as well as a high level of self-motivation, preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills preferred
  • Strong deductive reasoning and organizational skills preferred 

Additional Information

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
  • 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!

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