Data Scientist

Data Scientist

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Data Scientist

Harvard Medical School


Position Description

This position supports the key initiatives of DICP and is critical in designing, collaborating and implementing school-wide and DEI projects such as Harvard Medical School Diversity and Better Together dashboards, Harvard Medical School Pulse surveys, DICP dashboards and DEI databases.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with HMS and Harvard University data working groups on HMS Pulse surveys that guide inclusion and belonging priorities related to policies, practices, and programs; as well as, measure overall progress in these areas. This will involve designing data pipelines to facilitate DICP metrics and partnering with other HMS offices, and data stakeholders, to collect, analyze, report, and understand DEI data.
  2.  Collaborate with data working groups to resolve issues related to DEI databases. Translate data problems into well-defined technical specifications. Design and build user-friendly database solutions and instrumentation.
  3. Lead and manage the building of DEI databases and dashboards. Develop & debug scripts, create procedures to process data from different clinical and computational sources. Expand the existing schema design to handle new data formats. Work with stakeholders to test data accuracy and quality. Work independently and self-manage different aspects of database and dashboard project lifecycle.
  4. Document software written to inform end users of its functionality and usability. Work closely with stakeholders to understand data derived from both healthcare providers and computational methods. Assists in developing an anthology of medical terminology to represent the data within our application and database.
  5. Deliver data analysis for ad hoc reporting requests from Dean of DICP, HMS Dean’s Office, constituents, stakeholders, and other source.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science, data analytics, or a related field preferred; relevant experience may substitute for degree.
  • Five or more years of experience in data science or a related field preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to write clearly for a broad audience and explain technical analysis to a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to visualize data and communicate complex data in the most effective way.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating closely with others.
  • Experience working with DEI data and metrics.

Certificates and Licenses

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

Additional Information

This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

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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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.

Job Function

Information Technology

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

I1457P IT Rprting and Analyt Prof III

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening


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

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.

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