Research Scientist-HSPH

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The successful candidate will play a central role in the collaborative environment of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), working with a diverse group of scientists and faculty across Harvard. Charged with providing statistical acumen to various clinical research efforts within the Division of Population Sciences at DFCI, they will join our multidisciplinary team as a research scientist and biostatistician within the Statistical Programming Core. Responsibilities include contributing to projects led by faculty in the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Group (CGP) and the Outcomes and Policy Research Group (COPR), providing comprehensive statistical support from study proposal and protocol development through data analysis and reporting. In addition, they will engage in independent research aimed at developing and disseminating novel statistical methods tailored to the unique challenges of cancer clinical research. They will also take a leadership role in recruiting and mentoring a cadre of junior biostatisticians, fostering an environment of growth and innovation within the team.


  • Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a closely related discipline.
  • At least three years of relevant experience in cancer clinical research collaboration or related healthcare sectors.
  • Advanced proficiency in computational skills and statistical software, including but not limited to Unix/Linux, high-performance computing (HPC), version control with Git, R, and SAS.
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical trial methodologies and epidemiological study design.
  • Outstanding communication abilities, fostering effective collaboration in team settings.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • Prior experience with genomic data management is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with conducting large-scale computational simulations will be considered an asset.
  • A robust track record of scholarly publications will be favorably regarded.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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