Duties & Responsibilities
The Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR), an organization within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is responsible for the design, monitoring, and statistical analysis of clinical trials and observational studies for several major national and international NIH-funded clinical research networks. CBAR’s 70+ statisticians and epidemiologists – which include Harvard faculty, research scientists, and staff – have provided statistical leadership and support for clinical research networks for more than twenty-five years. Currently, these networks include: the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT), the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS), and the Influenza Research Collaboration (IRC). Results from studies CBAR has worked on have helped to establish the paradigm for the treatment and prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases, and have contributed to international treatment and prevention guidelines.
CBAR is seeking a SAS Programmer II to join the Programming Core, a robust and productive centralized team focused on engineering solutions and supporting CBAR's network-wide research programming needs. Ideal candidates are innovative specialists, motivated to improve programs and processes that enhance CBAR’s operational efficiency. As a skilled professional, the SAS Programmer II enjoys a broader scope of work as well as the independence to conceptualize and implement tools and techniques that enhance statistical programming across networks in collaboration with researchers. Programmers are valued contributors to the strategic and research goals of the organization and enjoy an environment of learning and growth. CBAR features a well-defined promotional track and support system for employees’ professional development.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Developing and enhancing universal SAS and BASH programs and UNIX utilities that:
- obtain data from Data Management Centers
- prepare datasets for subsequent statistical analysis
- create finalized Tables, Listings, and Figures (TLFs) for statistical reports
- produce professional, well-designed graphics
- Prototyping and refining large-scale programs that facilitate data manipulation and improve the user experience in organizing data for analysis
- Writing advanced UNIX utilities and related guidance documents for researchers
- Extensively testing, validating, and documenting the efficacy of SAS and UNIX programs to ensure they meet CDISC and CBAR requirements
- Producing and enhancing programs which maintain and utilize metadata repositories - including CDISC, MedDRA, WHOdrug
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PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of November 30, 2020, with strong possibility for extension.
Please attach the following when applying: 1) Resume, 2) Copy of transcript, 3) Sample of SAS code (solely created by the applicant), and 4) Names and email contact information for three (3) professional references.
PLEASE NOTE: This posting (Requisition #49283BR, Programmer II) is a Grade 56 and requires a higher level of experience than the requirements listed on Requisition #49282BR (Programmer I, Grade 55). Only one of these requisitions will be filled. The grade will depend on the incumbent’s skills and experience.
- Bachelor's degree required
- 3+ years of experience in SAS programming or similar languages (such as S-Plus, R, STATA, C, C++ or VisualBasic) required; a combination of experience and education may be considered
- Bachelor's degree in a quantitative field (such as mathematics or computer science) strongly preferred
- Programming skills in SAS or equivalent statistical software preferred
- Experience in data cleaning preferred
- Knowledge of statistical and/or clinical trials preferred
- Experience following applicable standard operating procedures (SOPs), as well as project-specific work instructions/SOPs that may apply, preferred
- Experience programming in UNIX or other high-level programming languages preferred
- Experience with/exposure to CDISC preferred
- Experience working independently to assess needs, identify solutions, create specifications for that solution, and program finalized specializations preferred
- Desire to remain informed of new developments in programming, that are relevant to the industry and the development of tools in SAS, preferred
- Excellent written and oral communication skills preferred
- Strong attention to detail preferred
- Strong deductive reasoning skills preferred
Duties and Responsibilities continued:
Acting as a subject matter expert to share knowledge with statisticians, epidemiologists, and other programmers. This includes:
- Engaging with researchers via various communication channels to troubleshoot unique, complex programming problems and general programming support
- Educating SAS users on advanced data manipulation, programming techniques, and best practices
- Collaborating with high-level users to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- Assisting with the transition to CDISC system
- Participating in relevant CBAR committees with internal researchers, clinicians, and data managers to drive CBAR’s research forward
- Mentoring and/or supervising programming personnel to increase their skills and technical acumen
- Increasing technical knowledge by attending local and national workshops or conferences
- Improving professional competencies by upskilling research staff through statistical programming presentations, seminars, and external events
- Contributing to the programmer hiring process as an interview
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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.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!