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4 Oct 2016

Full-Time Health Data Scientist @ Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Posted by Christine Choirat Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

The Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health invites applications for a Health Data Scientist position to work on software tools for environmental health policy.   The work will involve close collaboration with Drs. Corwin Zigler, Francesca Dominici, and Christine Choirat. The successful candidate will also interact with PhD and postdoctoral students. A special focus will be on the design and implementation of scalable software tools and reproducible workflows.

The ideal candidate is an independent, solution-oriented thinker with a strong background processing large data sets, applying analytical rigor and statistical methods, and driving toward actionable insights and novel solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Data Scientist will contribute to the effort of retrieving (via web scraping or REST APIs) and leveraging massive amounts of data (for example, Medicare, Census, EPA Air Quality System, and atmospheric transport and dispersion model outputs) to study the health impacts of air pollution regulations.
  • The Data Scientist will contribute to the efforts of the team in terms of statistical software development, software dissemination, and reproducible research.
  • The Data Scientist will provide high-quality implementations of quantitative models and will also write, and contribute to writing, scientific articles and research proposals. The successful candidate will help developing and maintaining R packages and datasets, and creating innovative web-based data visualizations.


  • Masters degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Data Science, or other quantitative field.
  • Strong background in applied statistics and computational methods.
  • Interest in open-source software, reproducibility and data management.

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD in Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Data Science, or other quantitative field.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to research of new statistical approaches, inference algorithms, and machine learning techniques.
  • Familiarity with multiple data science tools (R, Shiny, GIS, d3, Python, SQL,…), and ability to learn new tools as required.
  • Experience in creating and maintaining R packages.
  • Experience in handling very large (spatial) datasets is highly desirable.

Additional Information:

  • The position is funded for one year with strong possibility of renewal.
  • URL:
  • We also have two other openings:,

How to Apply

  • Please send the following to Christine Choirat ([email protected]) and reference “Health Data Scientist”:
    • a cover letter
    • a curriculum vitae
    • the name and contact information of three references
    • and possibly links to code portfolios such as GitHub
Harvard University seeks to find, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best scholars. Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Job Categories: Data Scientist / Statistician. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: air pollution, Environmental health, and gis. Salaries: Less than $100,000.

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