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Position TitleResearch scientist
The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School brings together the specialties of medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services research, and the social sciences to evaluate the effectiveness of existing and new prescription drugs in relation to their risks and costs; to study how medications are used by physicians and patients; and to develop methods to optimize prescription drug use. The Division has access to insurance claims data or electronic health record data on >100 million patients. Data are hosted and analyzed on an extensive network of secure computers with 10 terabytes of storage capacity. www.drugepi.org
Under the supervision of the faculty P.I., the research scientist works on developing and applying sophisticated statistical methodology to the study of medications from large healthcare databases, including health insurance claims and electronic health records (EHR). Areas of work include but are not limited to: 1) missing data in studies of comparative safety and effectiveness from EHR, 2) marginal structural models applied to claims and EHR, 3) methods for treatment effect heterogeneity, 4) machine learning methods for prediction applied to healthcare databases. The research scientist is anticipated to receive or has a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or a related field with sufficient statistical training.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Develop and evaluate methodology for large healthcare databases.
-Develop software to support research activities.
-Collaborate with epidemiological and clinical colleagues on applied studies.
-Contribute to scientific publications, reports, and presentations.
The successful candidate will have completed graduate studies in a PhD program in statistics or a related field. Strong communication skills and strong programming skills, preferably in R, are required.