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Harvard University Scientific Data Curator in Cambridge, Massachusetts

64688BRAuto req ID:64688BRJob Code:I1357P IT Data Architect Prof III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Scientific Data CuratorSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • A master’s degree in computational fields and 2 years’ experience in data management or curation or PhD in Biology, Physics, Bioinformatics, or a related field preferred.

  • Working knowledge in genetics, bioinformatics or related fields. Experience with modern high-throughput genomics experiments and their data types.

  • Experience with REST APIs, relational databases, software development environments, and version control. Working knowledge of Python.

  • Familiarity with controlled vocabularies and ontologies.

  • Ability to work independently, manage own time and learn quickly.

  • Project management skills including team management, issue management, and change management. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.

Additional Information:This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Department:Biomedical InformaticsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Information Technology School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred

Position Description:Are you a molecular biologist who enjoys coding? Are you organized and detail-oriented? Do you like to create resources that will help the scientific community? Would you like to stay in academia but do not wish to work more than the regular hours? We are seeking a Scientific Data Curator to join our team in the Park lab at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. The Curator will have an opportunity to lead the curation efforts for large cutting-edge genomics data produced by the Somatic Mosaicism across Human Tissues (SMaHT) Network. This NIH initiative, involving the top genome research centers across the country, aims to apply state-of-the-art sequencing technologies and computational tools to detect somatic mutations in all major tissue types in human and study their role in aging and disease. The Scientific Data Curator will be part of the Data Analysis Center (DAC), which collects, curates, and analyzes the data generated by the Network as well as developing and applying novel computational tools. The Curator will act as a liaison between the DAC and the sequencing centers that generate data and manage the metadata necessary to describe the sequencing data generated by the Network. An ideal candidate will have experience with genome sequencing technologies, understand the protocols in relevant experiments, be proficient in coding, and enjoy interacting with other scientists. The Department of Biomedical Informatics is a leading hub for computational biology, translational bioinformatics, and precision medicine, and SMaHT DAC provides a vibrant community of research scientists and software engineers, in an environment that combines the best features of a startup (fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies) with those of a leading medical school (excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning, and great resources).Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values ( Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Work Format:Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) LinkedIn Recruiter Tag (for internal use only):#LI-DK1Work Format Details:This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.