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 national and international NIH-funded clinical research networks. CBAR employs over 100 statisticians and epidemiologists including Harvard faculty, research scientists, and staff. Investigators within CBAR have provided statistical leadership and support for clinical research networks for more than 30 years. Currently this includes infectious disease networks such as: the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (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 international treatment and prevention guidelines.
The Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) is a NIH-funded observational cohort study network established in 2005 to address two critical pediatric HIV research questions: the long-term safety of fetal and infant exposure to prophylactic antiretroviral (ART) chemotherapy, and the effects of perinatally acquired HIV infection and ART treatment on the health of adolescents and young adults. As the largest US-based network conducting observational studies of HIV infection and treatment in children and youth, PHACS has published many key findings on the effects of HIV and its treatment on the development of youth born with HIV as well as evaluations of the safety of in utero ARV exposures in uninfected youth born to mothers with HIV. The Health Outcomes Around Pregnancy and Exposure to HIV/ARVs (HOPE) study is a new PHACS-affiliated longitudinal study which evaluates the multilevel dynamic determinants of health outcomes of young women living with HIV across their reproductive life course.
PHACS and HOPE are actively recruiting for a SAS Programmer I that will be an integral part of a team of programmers and analysts who construct and manage the database infrastructure, and will assist biostatisticians and epidemiologists to create analysis datasets and reports. These tasks will require project management, continuous quality improvement, and troubleshooting while working directly with the study team. Incoming SAS Programmers complete a comprehensive training program to expand their SAS and Linux competencies, acquire hands-on experience under the direction of skilled programmers, and collaborate with researchers in an environment of mutual cooperation and respect. Programmers are valued contributors to the strategic and research goals of the organization and enjoy an environment of learning and growth. CBAR also features a well-defined promotional track and support system for employees’ professional development and is committed to promoting an inclusive workplace where in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected.
Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Converting raw data files into SAS datasets
- Developing Linux scripts to retrieve study datasets from outside sources
- Standardizing datasets to ensure compliance with SOP requirements and enhance usability
- Working closely with CBAR biostatisticians and epidemiologists to develop SAS programs which merge multiple datasets to create complex analysis or cross-study datasets for PHACS studies
- Designing statistical programs for descriptive analysis, data visualization and exploratory analysis
- Other duties as assigned
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 July 31, 2025, with strong likelihood of extension.
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.
- 2+ years of related experience required; a combination of experience and education may be considered
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
- Bachelor’s degree, in a quantitative or scientific field such as mathematics or computer science, strongly preferred
- SAS programming skills strongly preferred
- Knowledge of observational cohort studies desired
- Experience programming in a Linux-based environment or other high-level programming languages desired
- Experience with data cleaning desired
- Strong attention to detail, as well as a high level of self-motivation, desired
- Excellent written and oral communication skills desired
- Strong deductive reasoning and organizational skills desired
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
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 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
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