Job description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Our group in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School is looking for an innovative and enthusiastic data scientist to join a multidisciplinary research laboratory. We are interested in understanding how computations arise from the organization and connectivity of neuronal networks. To analyze neural circuit structure and function at the highest resolution and completeness possible, we combine structural and functional imaging techniques including high-throughput electron and X-ray microscopy, and in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. We seek a data scientist with programming and machine learning skills. They should be capable of handling and analyzing big data and developing and working with artificial neural networks.

Main projects include:
  • development and application of machine learning approaches for image segmentation and analyses;
  • development and support of data analysis pipelines;
  • data cleaning, processing, and analysis;
  • development and support of large data storage and computing infrastructure;

Success will require a close working collaboration with biologists and the ability to develop coordinated solutions to address biological questions. Building and optimizing novel data analysis pipelines will play a vital role in helping us to better understand the brain.

Typical duties of the Functional Connectomics Data Scientist include:
  • Developing data analysis pipelines to generate, process, and analyze large-scale image datasets;
  • Some manual annotation and data labeling;
  • Documenting and supporting users with data analysis pipelines;
  • Computational systems oversight and miscellaneous programming;
  • Communicating with collaborators and service providers;
  • Documenting projects and communicating project progress.

We offer the opportunity to:
  • apply your data science skills toward understanding the brain in a vibrant academic environment;
  • do cutting-edge science with a supportive and collaborative team.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in computer science, engineering, life or physical sciences or a related discipline. 2 years of related experience in research or related environment. Advanced degree may count toward experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are especially interested in candidates with:
  • an advanced degree in science or engineering
  • highly proficient in Python - programming experience in other languages (e.g., C, Java, MATLAB)
  • work experience in biomedical research and/or an academic science environment
The successful candidate will be self-motivated, creative, and enjoy working in a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment. S/he will be skilled at translating research problems into user-friendly data analysis pipelines; s/he will have software and data science skills; excellent interpersonal skills; and enthusiasm for collaborating closely with biologists. Demonstrated experience in machine learning a plus. Proficiency in at least one programming language including, but not limited to, Python.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term position with benefits and the possibility of extension.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

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

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

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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 complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Job Function



USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

RS0456 Bioinformaticist I





Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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Education, Identity


35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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