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Postdoctoral fellow with the Breast Cancer Epi Team

We have a post-doctoral position available to work in the area of breast cancer epidemiology.  The position would be based at the Channing Division of Network Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, and involve working primarily with the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II cohorts.  A number of interesting and diverse projects are ongoing or recently funded.  Projects include the assessment of lifestyle factors, mammographic density, multiple plasma and genetic markers, as well as tissue markers in relation to risk of breast cancer.  Several of these projects also involve the molecular characterization of tumor tissue, as well as risk prediction modeling.  Substantial experience would be gained in the conduct of cohort and nested case-control analyses, manuscript writing, as well as in project management and grant writing.  Fellow would work primarily with Drs. Rulla Tamimi and Heather Eliassen.

Please send a statement of interest, CV and names of 3 references to Maggie Harrison .
The position is available starting in fall 2014.

Biostatistician with Prostate Cancer Epi Team

We are seeking a dynamic and energetic full-time Biostatistician to join our prostate cancer epidemiology team at Harvard School of Public Health. Our research group is made up of faculty, research fellows, doctoral students, and Research Assistants, and we are involved with a variety of multi-disciplinary international collaborations. We are using data from two Harvard cohorts (Physicians’ Health Study Health Professionals Follow- up Study) and a Swedish cohort to examine lifestyle, dietary and genetic factors for prostate cancer risk and progression.

Required/Preferred Education, Experience, Skills:

  • Requires Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Statistics with at least 3 years of full-time relevant work experience. Knowledge of SAS (including SAS macro language and SAS graphics) and R or another similar programming language is required.
  • Excellent technical, computer, analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The statistician will undertake a broad range of database development and data analyses to support the research efforts of the prostate cancer team. In addition to survival analysis and logistic regression, s/he will also perform analyses on large, complex datasets that include microarray data analyses for gene-expression profiling and genome-wide association study of genetic datasets. The statistician will also produce tables and graphs in publication-quality form and present results to senior investigators. In addition to working closely with the epidemiology team, the statistician will have the opportunity to interact closely with other biostatistical colleagues at HSPH as well as Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
  • There will be opportunities to work together to develop new statistical methodologies to approach complex research questions.
  • Additional duties include training and assisting other students, post-docs, and research affiliates in the use of statistical methods, as well as other duties as needed/assigned.

To apply, please send a resume and brief personal statement (1-page) on how your skills, experience, and long- term career goals contribute to your candidacy by email to David Havelick at

Applications will be considered as they arrive.
Posted March 25, 2014.

Technical Research Assistant, Level II

We are currently recruiting for an intermediate laboratory position to perform laboratory work and office duties associated with the cohorts’ biorepository under supervision of the Senior Lab Manager at the Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Routine duties involve all aspects of receiving, processing, storing and performing quality control for newly collected biospecimens entering the biorepository, including but not limited to organizing, planning, data recordation, specimen processing, and quality control as assigned by the Project Manager under the direction of the Lab Manager.   Specifically the job entails processing a wide variety of biospecimens including blood, hair, toenails, urine, saliva, stool and urine; recording collection details in the Laboratory Management System (LIMS); overseeing the receipt of specimen collection kits and coordinating kit deliveries with a shipping company; communicating and troubleshooting issues in the collection as they arise; retrieving and aliquoting frozen biospecimens from liquid nitrogen storage tanks to send to collaborating labs for analysis; and assisting with data entry, data management, and data cleaning Additional duties include: assistance with storing and organizing specimens in liquid nitrogen vapor freezers for future analysis; monitoring the liquid nitrogen storage facility; and responding to freezer emergency and oxygen sensor alarms.

More information can be found here.

To apply, please send a resume by email to Sherry Sawyer or Janine Neville-Golden

Applications will be considered as they arrive.
Posted April 8, 2014.

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