The Harvard Chan Microbiome in Public Health Center (HCMPH), co-directed by Drs. Curtis Huttenhower and Wendy Garrett at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (http://hcmph.sph.harvard.edu), is seeking a Microbiome Collection Core Manager to lead the Harvard Chan Microbiome Collection Core (HCMCC, http://hcmph.sph.harvard.edu/hcmcc). The HCMCC provides one of the pillars of the HCMPH's BIOM-Mass platform for population-scale microbiome research, by developing, maintaining, and administering kits and biospecimens for high-throughput microbiome sample collection. It currently supports over 25 funded projects at the Harvard Chan School, throughout the Boston life sciences community, nationally, and internationally.
The HCMCC has developed a modular, room-temperature, USPS-compatible home microbiome sampling kit that has been used for over 10,000 collections to date. It includes components for several different types of oral or gut microbiome samples; molecular, microbial culture, or gnotobiotic animal data generation; standardized questionnaires and metadata to accompany each sample; user-friendly, graphical instructions; and an automated sample handling workflow compatible with downstream storage at the Harvard Chan BiOS Freezer Core or analysis by HCMAC. Kits are assembled and shipped by an external logistics provider to the HCMCC's specifications, in collaboration with each project's unique needs, and handled as needed using robotic automation once received back from participants.Job-Specific Responsibilities
The Microbiome Collection Core Manager's primary responsibility is to coordinate the development and execution of these collaborative microbiome sample collection projects, in tandem with other BIOM-Mass and HCMPH components as needed (including the Microbiome Analysis Core [HCMAC], the Huttenhower and Garrett labs, and other Center affiliates).This will include project management for HCMCC-associated activities, from initial research consulting during the project preparation stage, to determining requirements and techniques for biospecimen collection, to creation and assessment of data analysis outputs. Specifically, the affiliated project duties for this position will comprise population-scale human microbiome epidemiology, associated client consulting and management (collaborating/emails/meetings/calls), coordinating HCMCC standardized sample collection kit logistics (coordination/creation/vendor interactions), laboratory information management system integration, grant preparation, coordination with the BIOM-Mass biobank, 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.
The Microbiome Collection Core Manager may also be responsible for occasionally handling samples, and will perform other duties as assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with possibility for extension based on funding.
PLEASE NOTE: Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner - including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site (on campus in Boston) onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date - in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.Basic Qualifications
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required
- 3+ years of related experience required
- Working knowledge in R software and/or Python required
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
- Advanced degree in Biology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biostatistics, or related field strongly preferred
- Experience with quantitative biological project management strongly preferred
- Basic familiarity with scientific software management, and in Linux/Unix software environments for scientific computing and computing clusters (e.g. Slurm manager), preferred
- Familiarity with molecular biology, microbiology, and/or genomics preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills; experience and willingness to collaborate with and coordinate among other research groups strongly preferred
- 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
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
- Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
- Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off:3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision:Excellent and affordablemedical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginningas of an employee's start date.
- Retirement:University-funded retirement planwith full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs:$40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
- Transportation:50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness & Professional Development:Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities 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!
- The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
- Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
- This position has a 90day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
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