Research Project Manager and Data Analyst, Microbiome Analysis Core
Harvard University
United States

Duties & Responsibilities

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH) Microbiome Analysis Core in the Department of Biostatistics (HMAC, in association with the Huttenhower lab ( is seeking a Research Project Manager and Data Analyst to manage projects and analyze data from projects within the BIOM-Mass Initiative. The HMAC provides collaborative analysis activities for the human microbiome in public health population studies, currently comprising funded projects at the Harvard T.H. Chan School, throughout the Boston life sciences community, and nationally. BIOM-Mass is an initiative to create and maintain the world’s most comprehensive human microbiome specimen collection and data portal, using samples from more than 25,000 individuals from the Harvard T.H. Chan School-based Nurses’ Health Study II, other long-running cohort studies, and newly funded studies. BIOM-Mass was launched via funding from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).
This position will involve carrying out microbiome research through project management and data analysis. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, full project management for BIOM-Mass-associated activities -- from initial research consulting during the project preparation stage to creation and assessment of data analysis outputs. Specifically, the BIOM-Mass platform and affiliated project duties for this position will comprise population-scale human microbiome epidemiology, associated consulting and management (collaborating/emails/meetings/calls), BIOM-Mass standardized sample collection kit logistics (coordination/creation/vendor interactions), grant preparation, coordination with the BIOM-Mass biobank, data curation and distribution, computational and biostatistic analysis of generated data, and results interpretation/discussion with collaborators. This position will also entail work with the HMAC and Huttenhower lab personnel applying existing microbiome informatics and statistical tools, developed in the Huttenhower lab (e.g. MetaPhlAn2, HUMAnN2) as well as by other groups (UPARSE, QIIME, DADA2), to human microbiome sequence datasets -- including microbial communities assayed in disease, animal models, cross-sectional and prospective human cohorts, and associated clinical phenotypes and/or environmental/lifestyle exposure metadata.
It is anticipated for this role to spend 80% of time on project management-related duties and 20% of time on data analysis duties.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2021, with strong possibility for extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to clearly articulate R and/or Python experience on resume and cover letter. Candidates that do not have this experience articulated will not be considered.

Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3+ years of related experience required
  • Working knowledge and proficiency in R software and/or Python required
PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to clearly articulate R and/or Python experience on resume and cover letter. Candidates that do not have this experience articulated will not be considered.


Additional Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics, or related field strongly preferred
  • Experience with quantitative biological project management strongly preferred
  • Working knowledge and proficiency in Linux/Unix software environments for scientific computing and computing clusters (e.g. Slurm manager) strongly preferred
  • Basic familiarity with scientific software management preferred
  • Familiarity with molecular biology, microbiology, and/or genomics preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to collaborate with and coordinate among other research groups are required
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing research needs preferred
  • Strong, detailed-oriented writing and communication skills preferred
  • Experience working independently, as well as experience and/or desire to work in an interactive, collegial, and interdisciplinary group preferred


Additional Information

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.

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