Data Analyst
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Job Info

A job opening is immediately available for a data analyst to work on a variety of research projects related to environmental exposures, the microbiome, and lung health. The position is for someone with a BA/BS degree (or higher) in biomedical or quantitative science and a strong interest in working with medical and/or biological researchers on "big data" projects. You thrive on scientific challenges, and enjoy collaborating with an interdisciplinary team. You can synthesize your knowledge of biology, genetics and cell biology and/or epidemiology with your computational knowledge to excel at communicating with programmers, clinical, and wet-lab scientists alike. You are an independent learner, are keen to learn and apply new methods, and are motivated to continually expand your skills. You have good code and data management skills to enable reproducible research and are capable of simultaneously working on different projects and deadlines. A minimum two year commitment is expected.

Our research laboratory focuses on how environmental exposures affect the human microbiome and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. We currently have several domestic and international projects, including a study focused on the classroom microbiome and asthma symptoms in inner-city children, a study focused on indoor air pollution and lung health in rural Uganda, and a "One Health" study focused on the role of livestock farming in spread of antimicrobial resistance. Ultimately, we seek to identify modifiable environmental risk factors that can translate into better lung health for vulnerable populations.


  • Data cleaning and management of incoming large datasets
  • Data analysis of large datasets (including genomic and microbiome datasets) using reproducible code and thorough documentation, assessing new methods where appropriate
  • Participate in the design of experiments
  • Perform independent literature searches and synthesize findings
  • Assists with materials for publication and presentation
  • Assists with teaching trainees on coding and data analysis
  • Participation in conference calls with collaborators including presentation of data and analyses where appropriate
  • Additional analytical work as required

  • Bachelors degree in biological sciences, epidemiology, statistics or related computational field (eg. computational biology or bioinformatics).
  • Proven ability to interpret and analyze large datasets and present results
  • Statistical background experience
  • Required scripting abilities (R proficiency using tidyverse packages and shell scripting an absolute requirement, Python familiarity a plus) with ability to quickly learn new packages/libraries and programming languages. A problem set in the R programming language will be provided to assess proficiency as part of the interview process
  • Ability to produce reproducible code (R Markdown, Latex, Jupyter notebooks, etc)
  • Ability to use secure command-line connections with ssh
  • Excellent written and spoken English

EEO Statement
Massachusetts GeneralHospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, wechoose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals withdisabilities are strongly encouraged.

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