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Early Career Researchers - Computational Associate I, Broad-wide openings

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We are seeking ambitious, inventive, and talented students to join the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as early career researchers upon graduation! In the role of a Computational Associate:

  • You can make a difference in biomedicine – In studying the biological basis of many diseases including cancer and infectious disease you are laying the groundwork for future therapies that change lives.
  • You will gain invaluable experience -- This unique research opportunity will give you access to the best technologies and sharpest minds that biomedical research has to offer. It is truly an experience that is unparalleled by any other biomedical research institution. Should you choose to, you will be well prepared to pursue a graduate or medical degree or continue to advance your career here over time.
  • You will be supported in your efforts to learn and grow -- Every week there are talks open to the Broad community on a variety of scientific topics, often hinging on results that have not yet been published. Many current Research Associates rave about the mentorship they have received from other Broadies, and the variety of social events that create a fun, collaborative environment.

Why Broad?

The Broad Institute is pioneering a new model of collaborative biomedical science to transform biology and medicine. To do that, we have created a unique community of amazing, creative people — “Broadies” — each with a passion for pushing scientific frontiers. Our community transcends academic and organizational barriers, encouraging different points of view and making all Broadies part of something meaningful. Our unique culture of collaboration along with the common theme of our people being deeply passionate about making a difference in the world and improving human health unite us all as Broadies.

The Broad community includes professional scientists from many disciplines, software engineers and computational associates, administrative staff, and students, as well as renowned researchers from partner institutions. We seek to cultivate an interdisciplinary, innovative, goal-oriented work environment that unleashes scientific creativity and empowers Broadies to pursue ambitious and critical projects.

At the Broad, we understand that the most important thing that will lead to these breakthroughs in human biology, health, and disease is our people. In joining us, you will also be able to:

  • Work with and learn from world-class researchers, physicians, and data scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the Harvard teaching hospitals.
  • Join a community that deeply values diversity and continually strives for inclusion, which are essential to achieving our scientific mission.
  • Be eligible for comprehensive benefits, including discounted transportation passes, tuition reimbursement, and wellness offerings.
  • Have access to resources to help you explore career paths and take the next step — whether it’s attending graduate or medical school or pursuing a path forward at Broad

As a Computational Associate, you will:

  • Apply existing and novel algorithms to data sets, analyze data quality, critically review and analyze results, communicate results to biologists, computational biologists, software engineers, and clinicians.
  • Develop data analysis strategies, write algorithms, and deploy computational tools for the exploration of very large data sets.
  • Explore novel data visualization tools, with emphasis on integrating diverse data types or sets
  • Implement or improve algorithms in software tools for distribution to the global research community
  • Apply machine learning techniques to quality control procedures
  • Propose and implement upgrades to existing algorithms, tools and processes
  • Use existing software and databases to analyze data
  • Prepare data analysis results for presentation in meetings, progress reports and journal publications

We have openings for new graduates to fill our entry level Computational Associate positions upon graduation. By applying to this posting, we will align you with the best matched lab based on your research interests and skills. Please visit our Scientific Areas of Research site to learn more!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least a current undergraduate senior with an expected graduation date of Dec. 2022 or May 2023
  • Majored in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, bioinformatics, biology or similar field
  • At least 1 year of undergraduate independent research experience (outside of coursework)
  • Strong programming skills and experience with programming languages, preferably Python, Java, C++, or R 
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills and ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and external collaborators
  • Proven ability to work independently with guidance and mentorship
  • Experience with Unix/Linux environments (including shell scripting) is a plus!

All Broad employees, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Requests for exemption for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will be considered.

Candidates interested in the Broad Biomedical Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program (BBPS) should complete an ECR application to begin the process. After submitting, you can then complete the BBPS-specific short form, which requires unofficial college transcript(s). The deadline for BBPS applications is February 20th. Please note that the BBPS admissions process is separate from the Early Career Researcher hiring process. Receiving a job offer does not guarantee admission into BBPS, but in order to be admitted to BBPS, you must have a job offer from a research group at the Broad Institute.

What to expect next:

  • Please allow 10 minutes to complete the initial application process as it needs to be completed in one sitting. We will ask for your CV/résumé, cover letter, and responses to a short questionnaire.
  • If you minimally qualify for the position, you will then receive an email request from SparkHire to complete an on-demand interview as the first step in the interview process. Those responses will be reviewed by our recruiting team and possible next steps will be communicated via email. You will also be asked to complete a coding assessment as well for our computational associate openings.

All Broad employees, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Requests for exemption for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will be considered.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.