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Postdoctoral Position in Science, Technology and Society

The John F. Kennedy School of Government and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University are seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in Science, Technology and Society (STS). The one-year position will carry a teaching load of one undergraduate course in Technology and Society; the successful candidate will also assist in STS Program activities and build links between STS and SEAS. Renewal for a second year may be possible contingent on satisfactory performance. Candidates should be qualified to carry out research on the social implications of one or more aspects of engineering or applied sciences, such as information and communication technologies, biotechnology, or nanotechnology. Areas of specialization might include studies of innovation; risk and regulation; intellectual property; new research partnerships and research governance; or ethical issues in technological R&D. Research experience on comparative, international and global issues is especially welcome. Interdisciplinary teaching experiences are highly desirable. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in an appropriate field, including science and technology studies, sociology, law, political science, economics, or engineering. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a statement of research interests, a writing sample or representative publication, and three letters of recommendation in paper copy to Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Mailbox 17, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

George F. Carrier Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences seeks applicants for a recently endowed honorific postdoctoral position in widely applied mathematics, the George F. Carrier Fellowship.

These will be awarded for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. We are looking for outstanding applicants interested in an opportunity for independent research that reflects the spirit of George Carrier’s approach and complements that of the current faculty in Applied Mathematics, broadly interpreted, including those in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Physics and elsewhere at the University. Current faculty interests are in applied mathematics in biological, earth science, engineering and physical contexts, and especially in soft materials and biophysics. For more see: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/research/appliedmathematics.html

Please submit a statement of research interests, a CV, and a record of publications to AcademicJobsOnline. Also please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted online. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2010. The normal duration of the Carrier Fellow appointment is two years, with a potential extension to a third year, at an annual salary of $55,000. In addition, Carrier Fellows receive an annual allocation of $5,500 for research and travel expenses. Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women and minorities.

George Carrier (1919-2002)  was the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Mathematics at Harvard, and one of the pre-eminent  applied mathematicians of his generation.  He had a special talent for describing complicated physical phenomena mathematically, and did so with great facility over a wide range of problems that included fluid dynamics, elasticity, combustion and natural hazards.  For more see information, see http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/03.21/08-carrier.html

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Applied Physics

A postdoctoral position is available in a physics lab group at SEAS. Responsibilities include basic research in applied sciences with an emphasis on materials. The applicant must have a Ph.D in Physics or Applied Physics.  The ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty, students and staff is essential.Interest applicants should submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references via email to:researchpositions@seas.harvard.edu

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Optics/Atomic Physics/Nanoscale Science

A postdoctoral position is available in Professor Lene Hau’s group (http://www.seas.harvard.edu/haulab/) at Harvard University.

Responsibilities include basic research in core science, especially as such work relates to quantum information science, light-nanostructure interactions, and physics-based studies of photosynthesis.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Physics or Applied Physics. The ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff is essential.

Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references via email to:

Jane Salant, Faculty Administrator, jsalant@harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Bio-inspired Robotics (bio-inspired control)

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the area of Bio-inspired Robotics. The focus area is bio-inspired controls and topics of interest include decentralized control methods, reflexive and preflexive control architectures, and applications to highly capable autonomous bio-inspired robots. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. Experience with experimental robotics is essential.

The position is open immediately (8/1/10) and is guaranteed for a year with a possible second year extension. Applications, assembled as single PDF files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to faculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Bio-inspired Robotics (soft robots)

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the area of Bio-inspired Robotics. The focus area is soft robotics and topics of interest include novel materials, mechanics and design of metamaterials, and other technologies which enable autonomous, highly compliant robots. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. Strong experimental mechanics background is essential. Experience with microfabrication is a plus.

The position is open immediately (8/1/10) and is guaranteed for a year with a possible second year extension. Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent tofaculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Bio-inspired Collective Robotics

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the area of Bio-inspired Robotics. The focus area is collective construction by autonomous mobile robots, and topics of interest span CS/EE/ME including algorithmic approaches to adaptive self-assembly and decentralized coordination, design of insect-inspired robot bodies and climbing robots, modular architecture and robotics, application to outdoor mobile robots. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the appropriate robotics field, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering. Experience with experimental robotics is desirable.

The position is open immediately (8/1/10) and is guaranteed for a year with a possible second year extension. Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent tofaculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Visual Computing at Harvard University

The Visual Computing Group (VCG) in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University seeks postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. in computer science/ engineering or a related field to work on varied research projects in visual computing. Potential candidates should possess a strong background in one or more fields related to computer graphics, visualization, or computer vision. In addition to working closely with scientists, engineers, and graduate students on research projects, the candidate is expected to actively participate in writing grant proposals. More information about VCG at http://gvi.seas.harvard.edu/pfister. Candidates should have a substantial publication history and good teamwork and communication skills. Strong software development experience is a plus. Competitive salary and full benefits included. The position is available immediately.

For more information, please forward your CV and at least three references to Susan Welby,swelby@seas.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Position in Microbial Geochemistry

A postdoctoral position is available in the Microbial Geochemistry Laboratory lead by Professor Colleen Hansel in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University to conduct research on the biological production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in freshwaters.

The postdoctoral research will involve isolating new organisms (algae, bacteria, and/or fungi) involved in the production of extracellular ROS at several freshwater sites and characterizing the biogeochemical controls on ROS production by the new isolates as well as bacterial/fungal cultures that contribute to metal redox processes already available in the Hansel lab.

Applicants should have a degree in microbiology or a related field and ideally experience with microbial cultivation techniques. This research will expand to biological ROS controls on metal cycling (e.g., Mn, Hg, Fe) so a basic understanding or comfort in metal biogeochemistry is preferred.

This research is part of a collaborative project so the postdoctoral scientist will be expected to work as part of a multidisciplinary research group, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, manage research projects, and possess excellent communication skills.

The position is available immediately for the duration of one year with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years. Applications should contain:

  • a curriculum vitae (CV) including a full list of publications,
  • a letter (one-page maximum) describing their strengths for the research project, and
  • names and contact details for three people who may be asked for references.

Applications should be emailed in PDF format to hansel@seas.harvard.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  The position will remain open until filled.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Scientists Discovery Room (SDR) Postdoctoral Positions

The SDR Lab (http://sdr.seas.harvard.edu) is seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows for a new multi-institutional collaborative project.  The project is highly interdisciplinary, working at the intersection of evolutionary biology, informal science learning, cognitive and developmental psychology, human-computer interaction, and visualization.  The research will involve development of multi-touch, multi-user, interactive visual activities and games for learning evolutionary concepts through a kinesthetic learning experience to a diverse-aged museum audience. The goal of the project is to transform the way life science is experienced in public settings.

We seek outstanding candidates with strong academic records and practical experience. Applicants should be enthusiastic, creative, and highly motivated, possessing excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate as part of an cross-institution and interdisciplinary team.

Postdoctoral Fellow #1 (LS-EB)

The applicant must have a Ph.D., a strong background in informal science learning, cognitive science, and a good understanding of evolutionary biology. Successful candidates will have direct hands-on experience in research or evaluation design and data analysis. Specific duties will include (1) working with computer scientists in the iterative design and prototyping of learning activities, (2) designing and carrying out front-end and formative evaluations in collaboration with the project team, and (3) collaborating with a cognitive developmental psychologist to collect, analyse, and interpret developmental data as part of  the learning research that is a core component of the project.

Postdoctoral Fellow #2 (CS)

The applicant must have a Ph.D. and a strong background in human-computer interaction, development of interactive user interfaces, user evaluation, and a good understanding of gestural interface design. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience of information and graph visualization, 2D and 3D graphics and games, and multi-touch programming. Successful candidates will have direct hands-on experience in interactive application development, user evaluation design and data analysis. This Postdoctoral Fellow will work with the multi-disciplinary research team and will be responsible for the iterative design, development and front-end evaluation of new multi-touch learning activities and games for evolutionary biology.

HOW TO APPLY:

A 12-month commitment is expected; pending satisfactory performance, the position may be renewed for a second year. The fellowships will begin in early 2011, conditional upon proposal funding due to be finalized by the end of June 2010.

Interested applicants should submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information for three references, and two scholarly publications by July 30, 2010, via email with the subject line “APPLICATION FOR POSTDOCTORAL POSITION” to: Dr. Chia Shen, cshen @ seas . harvard . edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Computer Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Professor Greg Morrisett, in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.  The project will focus on formally (mechanically) verifying the correctness of systems software, as well as new tools to simplify

specification and verification in the context of the Coq proof development system.

A PhD in Computer Science is required.  The successful candidate should have detailed knowledge of modern proof assistants such as Coq, Isabelle/HOL, Agda, and/or Twelf, as well as general knowledge of modern programming languages, compilers, and verification tools.

The position is initially for one year, with the likely extension for several years by mutual agreement.

Applications should contain:  a curriculum vitae (CV), full list of publications, copies of relevant publications, a letter (one-page maximum) describing their strengths for the research project, and names and contact details for three people who may be asked for references.  Applications should be emailed in PDF format to: swelby@seas.harvard.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Synthetic Chemistry, Peptide Synthesis and/or Molecular Biology

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) seeks applicants for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow to be a part of a dynamic new research group.  The research program is highly interdisciplinary, and focused at the interface of chemistry, biology, and engineering.  Projects will involve the development of self-assembling systems from protein and peptide building blocks and be targeted toward specific applications in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and medical imaging.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. with a strong background in synthetic chemistry, peptide synthesis, and/or molecular biology.  Experience with nanoscale characterization techniques (AFM, TEM, Light Scattering, etc.) or directed evolution of proteins is preferred.  Applicants should be interested in the basic science of self-assembly and biomimicry and its application to medical science.  Successful candidates will be eager to lead by example in the lab, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, manage research projects, and possess excellent communication skills.

Interested applicants should send a single document PDF containing a CV, cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent tofaculty_postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged

Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Bio-Inspired Engineering

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a number of postdoctoral fellow positions. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

A Ph.D. in a related field is required as is a background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Architecture and Robotics; Anticipatory Medical Devices; Biomaterials Evolution; Biomimetic Microsystems; and Programmable Nanomaterials.  For more specific information, please visit our website at http://www.wyss.harvard.edu.

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent topostdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellows

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) invites nominations of individuals of outstanding talent and technical skills for a number of Wyss Technology Development Fellow positions. Wyss Fellows will be provided with a competitive salary, and additional funds to support independent exploratory research. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise with outstanding technical expertise who have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years. Fellowships are awarded for up to three years.

Although Wyss Fellows will be granted more independence and a greater emphasis on technology creation and translation than other postdocs on campus, they can benefit from the role of Institute Core Faculty and members of the Advanced Technology Team as mentors.

A background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control is required. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: Adaptive Architecture and Robotics; Anticipatory Medical Devices; Biomaterials Evolution, Biomimetic Microsystems; and Programmable Nanomaterials.

Interested applicants can obtain more information about the application process and can download the nomination sheet on the Wyss Institute website at:

http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpage/150/wyss-fellowship.

Applications should be sent to wyssfellows@wyss.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Theoretical Aspects of High-Resolution Non-Destructive Microscopy

Candidates should have direct hands-on experience in areas such as lens design, imaging theory, theoretical acoustic imaging, diffraction physics, image simulations and holography and/or wave propagation in heterogeneous media including soft matter. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering or related disciplines.

We are seeking outstanding candidates who are highly motivated and have strong academic record. Applicants should send their CV, list of publications and contact information for three references to: Shriram Ramanathan (Electronic Mail:shriram@seas.harvard.edu). Please include PDF Application in the subject line of the email.

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly welcome applications from qualified women and minority group members.

Department of Biostatistics

Postdoctoral Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applicants are welcome to apply for more than one position, but a separate application will be required for each position.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/departments/biostatistics/fellowship-opportunities/#cancer_screening

Postdoctoral Research Position in Cancer Screening

Description:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Biostatistics is available at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health. The work will involve stochastic modeling for early detection of disease. This work deals with extending and applying the current models for new breast cancer screening modalities. The relevant previous work includes: Lee and Zelen (Biometrics, 2008; JNCI 2006) and Shen and Zelen (Biostatistics, 2005). Candidates with strong mathematics / statistics / biostatistics background are encouraged to apply. One-year term and renewable for the second year. The appointment can start as soon as possible.

Additional Information:

Please email CV and names of three references to Sandra Lee (sjlee@jimmy.harvard.edu).

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Statistical Genetics

Description:

Two post-doctoral positions are available in the statistical genetics research group of Dr. Alkes Price, a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health. The fellows will work closely with Dr. Price, with other quantitative Ph.D.’s in his group, and with collaborators at HSPH, HMS and The Broad Institute. Questions that we aim to answer include: (1) Which scoring statistics for genome-wide association studies in populations of mixed ancestry provide maximum power to identify disease genes, accounting for admixture association, imputation and fine-mapping, and family relationships, (2) What is the contribution of different classes of genetic variation to the heritability of disease and gene expression traits, and (3) Which new statistical approaches will maximize the informativeness of resequencing data for identifying disease genes in homogeneous, structured and/or admixed populations.

Qualifications:

Exceedingly strong quantitative research background; practical experience working with large real-world genetic data sets, developing new methods, and producing high-quality published work. Preference will be given to candidates with degrees in computer science or other applied quantitative fields.

Additional Information:

Please submit a brief statement of interest, CV, contact information for at least 3 references, and one sample publication by email to Vickie Beaulieu, (vbeaulie@hsph.harvard.edu).

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Statistical Genetics

Description:

The statistical genetics research group of Dr. Liming Liang at Harvard School of Public Health invites applicants to a 2-3 year Postdoctoral Fellow position emphasizing the statistical designs and analysis of genome-wide studies for human complex diseases and traits. Our group focuses on (1) analysis of gene expression and methylation data, (2) new statistical approaches for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data, and (3) new statistical framework to maximize the informativeness of multiple phenotypes and elucidate how genetic and epigenetic variants and their interaction with environmental factors involve in pathogenesis of complex diseases/traits. The fellows will work closely with Dr. Liang, with other quantitative Ph.D’s in his group, and with collaborators at HSPH, HMS and The Broad Institute. Fellows will be mentored to facilitate transition to independent research careers by emphasizing acquisition of analytic, writing, and other research skills. Review of applications begins immediately.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Statistics/Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science or other relevant discipline with strong quantitative research background; practical experience working with large scale genetic data sets, developing new methods, and producing high-quality published work, are desirable.

Additional Information:

Please submit a brief statement of interest, CV, contact information for at least 3 references, and one sample publication by email to Liming Liang, lliang@hsph.harvard.edu. Address: Department of Epidemiology and Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Building 2, Room 211A, 655 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. Phone: 617.432.5896.

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Scientific Programmer/Statistician

Description:

The statistical genetics research group of Dr. Liming Liang at Harvard School of Public Health invites applications for a Scientific Programmer/Statistician to help design, implement, and test computationally-efficient algorithms for management, checking, and analysis of genetic data; provide technical advice to faculty, students, and staff; and assist in the execution and completion of scientific research projects. The successful candidate will join a collegial and productive research team focused on the statistical design and analysis of genome-wide studies of human complex diseases/traits such as gene expression, DNA methylation, asthma, breast cancer, diabetes and/or heart disease.

Qualifications:

Necessary technical qualifications for the position include excellent C/C++ programming skills, experience with Perl/Python, R/S-Plus/SAS, Unix/Linux/Windows environment, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics or related discipline or equivalent practical experience, and an interest in working on cutting edge computational and statistical problems in human genetics. Strong background in statistics and mathematics and knowledge of genetics, are desirable.

Necessary personal qualifications include a strong work ethic, flexibility in adapting to changing research needs, and the ability to work independently combined with willingness to work in a highly interactive and collegial group. This is an opportunity to work in a challenging and rewarding research area that constantly poses new technical and computational problems. Generous salary support is available based on level of experience.

Additional Information:

Please submit a resume, academic transcripts (if graduated within the last 5 years), and at least 3 references letter by email to Liming Liang, lliang@hsph.harvard.edu. Address: Department of Epidemiology and Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, Building 2, Room 211A, 655 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. Phone: 617.432.5896.

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Statistical Genomics and ‘Omics

Description:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in statistical genomics and ‘omics is available at Harvard School of Public Health. This position involves developing and applying statistical and computational methods for analysis of high-throughput genomic and epigenetic data in population-based and clinical studies, especially sequencing association studies, genes and environment, genome-wide association studies and epigenetic association studies. We seek an individual with strong statistical, computing and genetic backgrounds and who has expertise in some subset of high-dimensional data analysis, statistical genomics, genome-wide analysis, gene-environment interactions, and epigenetics. The work will involve both methodological research with department faculty and collaboration with subject matter researchers.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. in a quantitative field, e.g., statistics or biostatistics, computer sciences, strong quantitative research background, statistical and programming proficiency, as well as good written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information:

Scientific questions regarding this position can be sent to Xihong Lin at xlin@hsph.harvard.edu. To apply, send cover letter describing your research interests and interest in the position, with CV and names of three references. In your application, please reference “Lin Statistical ‘Omics Postdoc”.  Application materials should be sent by email (preferred) to biostat_postdoc@hsph.harvard.edu, or mail to: Postdoc Search, c/o Vickie Beaulieu, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue, Building 2, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02115.

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Statistical Genomics

Description:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in statistical genomics is available at Harvard School of Public Health. This position involves developing statistical methods for analyzing high dimensional data and applying such methods to population-based genetic studies for HIV disease progression and the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. We seek an individual with strong background in statistics, computation (particularly in R) and genetics. The work will involve both methodological research with department faculty and collaboration with clinical investigators working on the aforementioned disease areas.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. in statistics or biostatistics with strong quantitative research background, statistical and programming proficiency, as well as good written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information:

Scientific questions regarding this position can be sent to Tianxi Cai at tcai@hsph.harvard.edu. To apply, send cover letter describing your research interests and interest in the position, with CV and names of three references. In your application, please reference “Cai Genomics Postdoc”.  Application materials should be sent by email (preferred) to biostat_postdoc@hsph.harvard.edu, or mail to: Postdoc Search, c/o Vickie Beaulieu, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue, Building 2, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02115.

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Neurostatistics

Description:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in neurostatistics is available at Harvard School of Public Health. This position involves developing statistical methods for analyzing neurologic disease studies, including several exciting Alzheimer’s disease studies. We seek an individual with strong interests in statistical methods, particularly survival analysis methods and biomarker analyses methods, and a strong interest in collaborative biomedical research. The work will involve both methodological research with department faculty and collaboration with clinical investigators.

Qualifications:

Ph.D. in statistics or biostatistics with strong quantitative research background, statistical and programming proficiency, as well as good written and oral communication skills. This position is sponsored by a T32 training grant from NIH and so the fellow must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Additional Information:

Scientific questions regarding this position can be sent to Rebecca Betensky atbetensky@hsph.harvard.edu. To apply, send cover letter describing your research interests and interest in the position, with CV and names of three references. In your application, please reference “Betensky Neurostats Postdoc.”   Application materials should be sent by email (preferred) to biostat_postdoc@hsph.harvard.edu, or mail to: Postdoc Search, c/o Vickie Beaulieu, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health, 655 Huntington Avenue, Building 2, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02115.

Applications from minority and female candidates are especially encouraged. Harvard University is an AA/EOE.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cancer-prevention-fellowship/

Applications are invited for the joint Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)-Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Educational Program in Cancer Prevention. This program draws on the teaching, scientific research, and field activities of the HSPH, the clinical resources of the DFCI, and the shared laboratory and scientific facilities of both institutions to form the basis for a comprehensive education program in cancer prevention and control. The National Cancer Institute funds this five-year program.  To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or have a green card.

The overall goal of the program is to create a cadre of public health and clinical professionals who will be:

(a) knowledgeable about the current state of the science of cancer prevention;

(b) expert in a specialized research area in which they will be positioned to generate new knowledge and public health practice to advance cancer prevention;

(c) skilled in transdisciplinary approaches to research in Cancer Prevention and Control; and

(d) sufficiently well anchored in professional networks that they will be able to monitor future developments in the field of cancer prevention and translate their knowledge into cancer prevention research at a variety of institutional settings.

Structure of the Program

The program is directed by Glorian Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at HSPH and Director, Center for Community-Based Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dept.of Medical Oncology.

An Advisory Committee is closely involved in the Program; it’s members include:

David ChristianiM.D., M.P.H., MS., Professor of Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at HSPH

Karen Emmons, Ph.D., Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at HSPH and Deputy Director, Center for Community-Based Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dept. of Medical Oncology.

Sue GoldieM.D., M.P.H., Professor of Health Decision Science, Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH

Nancy RigottiM.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Mass General Hospital

Vish Viswanath, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Society, Human Development and Health; Faculty member in the Center for Community Based Research (CCBR) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Co-Leader of the Health Communication Core of the DFCI/Harvard Cancer Center.

Walter WillettM.D., Dr. P.H., Fredrick John Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the HSPH Department of Nutrition

There are 37 participating faculty members across multiple Harvard institutions, providing rich breadth of research opportunities for participating fellows.

Types and Numbers of Training Positions Available

The program seeks to train between social and behavioral scientists, who would become leading investigators developing new strategies for primary and secondary prevention of cancer, and physicians who would become clinical investigators in the field of cancer prevention in public health practitioners.

The program will accommodate one physician pursuing a degree, three post-doctoral researchers, and six pre-doctoral positions. The training focuses on three core components: (1) specialized curriculum, (2) other didactic experiences tailored to fellow’s needs and interests, and (3) research experiences.

Specialized Curriculum

An important goal of this training program is to prepare trainees to conduct state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research in cancer prevention and control. The Specialized Curriculum for the Harvard Cancer Prevention Education Program prepares trainees in this interdisciplinary focus through three components: (1) a core curriculum of two courses required of all fellows (see below); (2) tailored coursework for pre- and post-doctoral fellows, thus customizing the program to the individual trainees based on their specific interests and career goals; and (3) a monthly seminar and workshops. Flexibility in the training program is important because the field of cancer prevention is developing rapidly. Future leaders in this field will come from many different backgrounds and will need to work together in the design and implementation of prevention programs. To prepare for this challenging and diverse work environment, training offers a wide range of opportunity to learn about cancer risks, assessment, intervention, prevention, and evaluation. From the broad spectrum that forms their basic course work, degree candidates will then have the opportunity for more focused research. The area chosen for specialization may complement existing skills and knowledge (e.g. a post-doctoral fellow may take courses in biostatistics or epidemiology) or it may represent a primary focus for pre-doctoral trainees. Because national priority areas for the prevention of cancer will continue to change over time, trainees must be conversant with principles of each component of cancer prevention and be prepared to shift their focus. Our vision in crafting the program reflects the need to have a broad overview of the field of cancer prevention, a shared body of core knowledge for all trainees, and the tools to identify priority opportunities for prevention and control of cancer.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum includes two courses required of all fellows:

  • Cancer Prevention (EPI224): A specially-developed core course offers an introduction to the breadth of cancer prevention. Every trainee is required to take Cancer Prevention, the core-course specifically developed to provide the overview of the entire field of cancer prevention and control. This course was initially designed to parallel the NCI curriculum in cancer prevention. Topics include, genetics and cancer biology, cancer prevention and control methodology, prevention and control of organ specific tumors, exposure assessment, smoking cessation, diet assessment and modification, chemoprevention, biomarkers both to assess risk and determine outcome, cancer surveillance, health promotion, behavior modeling, screening, and community interventions. The syllabus for this course has evolved over the ten years that it has been offered.
  • Research Ethics in Public Health (HPM292): This ethics course is a HSPH requirement for all trainees funded by NIH grants. The course reviews a series of ethical issues that arise in the conduct of research. Topics include informed consent, disclosure of conflicts of interest, multiple authorship issues, issues in mentoring, including gender- and race-based discrimination, and the federal oversight process.

Download HSPH 2007-08 course catalog

Seminar Series and Workshops

All fellows are required to participate in a monthly seminar series with other trainees in this Program. Trainees present from their own work, thereby providing a breadth of perspectives on cancer prevention. In addition, the seminar series provides career development guidance.

In addition, post-doctoral fellows are required to participate in the DF/HCC Risk Reduction Program workshops. These workshops are offered two to three times per year, and address cutting-edge topics for cancer prevention research. These workshops also provide important opportunities for building interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers across Harvard institutions.

Research Experiences

The Harvard Cancer Prevention Education and Career Development Program aims to prepare independent scientists who can function in complex team settings and highly interdisciplinary team research settings. To complement their classroom training in research and methodology, the Program requires that every trainee participate in ongoing cancer prevention research. The level of involvement differs for pre- and post-doctoral fellows, as described above.

Each fellow works with a primary mentor who has a faculty appointment at Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, fellows identify one or more secondary mentors, who may be HSPH faculty members or researchers in cancer prevention and control outside HSPH. The mentors work with the fellows to develop individualized training plans that are tailored to the learning objectives and career goals of the individual fellow. It is expected that post-doctoral fellows will participate as members of one or more research teams, with specified research responsibilities. Pre-doctoral fellows place their primary focus on completion of the doctoral degrees; original research is required of all trainees earning doctoral degrees and is supervised by our teaching faculty engaged in ongoing projects.

Priority is given to placing post-doctoral fellows in research settings that: (1) provide a good match with their career interests; (2) provide opportunities to develop research skills in priority areas defined by the fellow and his/her mentors; (3) offer reasonable opportunities for publication of research findings; and (4) assure that fellows are able to develop and present real or “mock” research grant applications. Timing for the development and submission of grant applications is likely to vary. Some fellows will enter the program with a clear vision for the research directions and be ready to prepare a K-award application by the end of their first year, while others will work closely with their mentors to identify research topics that will be developed during their second year into a K-award application or for presentation as a mock grant application. We believe this flexibility and responsiveness to individual fellows’ needs provide strength to the program.

Identification of research opportunities is facilitated by the DF/HCC Population Sciences Programs and in collaboration with the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention. Moreover, the faculty of the HSPH and the DF/HCC have extensive networks throughout the Northeast which will facilitate placement of students in a wide variety of research and programmatic activities. In consultation with the Program Leaders and their primary and secondary mentors, trainees will locate research placements most appropriate to their career interests. Research opportunities available to fellows represent the spectrum of intervention efforts ranging from identification and quantification of risk factors to interventions targeted to providers, groups, or populations.  Research projects are available on a range of specific risk factors: smoking, alcohol, diet, genetics, and other aspects of cancer biology (e.g. viral and radiation).

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships

Department of Epidemiology internal funding

Pre/Post Doctoral Fellowships in the Department of Epidemiology

Doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers can apply for funding through NIH training grants in the Epidemiology department.  Applicants submit the documents (see info below) and applications are reviewed as received.  Please note that NIH funding does restrict trainee eligibility to US citizens or permanent residents only, and funding is contingent upon funding awards to the program each year.

  • Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Cancer Epidemiology  Info|Application
  • Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Info|Application
  • Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Epidemiology  Application
  • Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Nutritional Epidemiology of Cancer  Info|Application
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Reproductive, Perinatal, Pediatric Epidemiology  Application

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.  It includes listings for pre and post-doctoral training grants and fellowships (T & F series) as well as research grants (R series) and career development awards (K series).  The guide is published on a weekly basis and can be accessed here.
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  • For funding opportunity announcements from the NIH and other federal agencies, click here.
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Interdisciplinary Training in Genes and the Environment

The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Genes and the Environment addresses the need to develop predoctoral and postdoctoral training through an integrative approach to meet the challenges of today’s public health sciences.  Funding is provided through the National Institutes of Health Genes and the Environment Initiative sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and theNational Human Genome Research Institute. Our goal is to train an outstanding cadre of environmental health scientists who can participate at the intersection of molecular and genomic biology and the quantitative fields of epidemiology and biostatistics to become leaders in the area of genetics and complex disease in the public health arena.

For more information, please contact:

David Hastings, Director of Administration Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health
665 Huntington Avenue, II, Room 107
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 432-0054 Fax: (617) 432-5236
Email: dhasting@hsph.harvard.edu

Post-Doctoral Position Opening

LIBERTY MUTUAL-HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN OCCUPATIONAL INJURY AND DISABILITY RESEARCH

The Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Health and Safety seeks a post-doctoral fellow in occupational injury and/or disability research. This is a full-time position for an initial period of one year, with potential for up to two additional years.

The post-doctoral researcher will conduct ergonomics, occupational safety, occupational injury epidemiology, or work-related injury disability and return to work research in close collaboration with injury research scientists at the at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA and with the Harvard ERC faculty in the Harvard School of Public Health.  Duties will include data collection and analysis, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and work groups, and collaborating on research grant applications.

The successful applicant will have a doctoral degree in epidemiology, safety research, ergonomics, behavioral science, medicine or a related field. The candidate will have less than five years experience post-doctorate, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, strong analytic skills, and potential to become an independent academic researcher within two to three years.  Preference will be given to applicants whose training, skills and research interests best align with those of mentors at the ERC and LMRIS.  Potential applicants are encouraged to view the ERC and LMRIS web sites and contact faculty/research scientists with common interests: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/erc/andhttp://www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute

A brief overview of recent program post-doctoral fellows is available at:  http://www.libertymutualgroup.com/omapps/ContentServer?pagename=LMGroup/Views/LMG&ft=4&fid=1138365101413&ln=en

The annual salary is set according to the experience of the candidate, plus a generous benefits package. This position is contingent upon funding. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2010. Applicants should apply to: Professor David C. Christiani c/o Ms. Starr Sumpter, Department of Environmental Health, 665 Huntington Avenue. Boston, MA. 02115. Please send a resume, statement of research interests and the names of three references.

Email: ssumpter@hsph.harvard.edudchris@hsph.harvard.edu

Takemi Fellowship Program

The Takemi Program in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health is an interdisciplinary research program that focuses on the problems of mobilizing, allocating, and maintaining limited resources to improve health. To address these issues, the program brings together at Harvard a small group of Takemi Fellows, mid-career professionals from around the world, with particular emphasis on fellows from developing countries.

The program was established in 1983 and is named after Dr. Taro Takemi, the distinguished physician-scientist who served for more than 25 years as the president of the Japan Medical Association.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/takemi/

Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program draws on the rich research environment and intellectual resources of one of the world’s premier public health training institutions, The Harvard School of Public Health.

Named for Dr. Alonzo Smythe Yerby, an African-American pioneer in public health, this initiative is geared toward expanding the diversity of those entering academic public health. The program creates a bridge between academic training in health-related disciplines and entry-level faculty positions at institutions throughout the United States.

The goal of the program is to advance the intellectual and professional development of each Yerby fellow. Under the guidance of a senior HSPH faculty member with compatible interests, fellows develop their research agendas, gain experience in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and obtaining grant support, participate in a variety of professional development workshops, and increase their teaching expertise.

Yerby fellows receive a competitive salary with benefits for one year, renewable for a second year. Up to five new fellowships are awarded annually.

Areas of Training

Fellowship training is available throughout the broad range of the school’s activities—laboratory sciences, population sciences, and social and policy sciences. Fellows have a home within one of the school’s nine academic departments:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics and Complex Diseases
  • Global Health and Population
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Society, Human Development, and Health

A complete listing of faculty research interests can be found at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/ .

Eligibility

The Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of academic public health by providing postdoctoral fellowship support to groups historically underrepresented in health-related sciences (defined by the National Institutes of Health as American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) and to others whose background will contribute to academic diversity, including individuals from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Application Information

To qualify for consideration, applicants must submit a complete application that includes the following:

  • Statement of professional objectives in academic public health, including a description of how these objectives would be advanced by research opportunities at HSPH
  • Proposal for research to be undertaken during the fellowship
  • Brief description of how candidate’s background contributes to diversity
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official doctoral transcripts
  • Sample publication

In addition, applicants are welcome to suggest the names of faculty members with whom they might wish to be affiliated.

The application deadline is November 1 of each year. If November 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next working day.  Except for letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly to the program by the recommenders, all parts of the application should be submitted at the same time.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Betty Johnson, Director
Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Harvard School of Public Health
Office of Faculty Affairs
635 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA  02115
Email: bljohnso@hsph.harvard.edu

The information provided above is also available as a pdf file -  Yerby Brochure (PDF)

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