Senior Research Manager

Senior Research Manager

Website HarvardCBAR Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research

Senior Research Manager
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Job Summary

The Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR), an organization within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is responsible for the design, monitoring and statistical analysis of clinical trials and observational studies for several major national and international NIH-funded clinical research networks. CBAR employs over 70 statisticians and epidemiologists including Harvard faculty, research scientists and staff. Investigators within CBAR have provided statistical leadership and support for clinical research networks for more than thirty years. Currently this includes infectious disease networks such as: the AIDS Clinical Trials Network (ACTG), the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT), the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS), and outpatient COVID treatment trials. Results from studies have helped to establish the paradigm for the treatment and prevention of HIV and other infectious diseases, and contributed to international treatment and prevention guidelines.

CBAR is looking for a Senior Research Manager with a “can-do” attitude to provide project management leadership for the Center, which provides statistical leadership and support for large NIH-funded collaborative clinical trials networks focused on HIV and other infectious diseases.
Job-Specific Responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to:

Identify CBAR’s needs, including training, infrastructure, and management tools
Develop and manage systems for tracking workflow and compliance related to all projects. Assess and diagnose existing workflows and processes; propose and implement adjustments; create guidance documents or new processes and systems
Responsible for documenting and maintaining compliance records for project/studies, performance metrics, SOPs, and proactive tracking. Ensures timelines are met
Coordinate performance metrics and other activities between CBAR projects, Data Management Centers, Project Operations, NIH and other federal systems; e.g. reporting of human subjects research to NIHHS and clinical trials activities to
Deals with a wide range of complex administrative and technical tasks where frequent independent interpretation and decision making is required
Responsible for reviewing and analyzing procedures and policies related to research project management, and assessing outcomes and implementing changes to create efficiencies in research and support operations
Collaborate with CBAR Leadership, Principal Investigators, Associate Directors, regulatory committee, Project Managers, external stake holders, etc., to assist in policy formulation and processes relating to compliance, federal regulations and NIH policies pertaining to clinical trials, human subjects, publications, etc.
Responsible for communicating these policies and work flows to the CBAR community
Responsible for leading large-scale and complex Center initiatives. Develops and execute projects, working closely with researchers to define each project’s needs and requirements and bring them to reality while ensuring project timelines and milestones are met. E.g. organizing applications for major grants, support for regulatory compliance audits, grant writing, etc.
Leads special projects, which includes but is not limited to, jumping in to solve issues and problems as they arise; clearing barriers to success for the team, e.g., organizing applications for major grants including making sure all deadlines are met, grant writing, support for regulatory compliance audits, etc.
Collaborate with the Senior Quality Assurance Manager to ensure the Center complies with established standards such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and FDA regulations. e.g., Responding to and implementing CAPA resulting from internal and external audit; coordination of preparations for external audit and inspections
Oversee the annual progress reports and other reports to NIH Institutes and Divisions and other funding agencies with regard to the CBAR projects
Provide leadership and supervision to the Project Administrator and the Intranet and Quality Management Software Administrator. Lead and develop a team environment for personnel. Establish and maintain effective work and communication relationships between all CBAR projects, groups, and committees to ensure efficient day-to-day operational decisions are achieved
Effectively work with a variety of people both independently and part of a team
Performs other duties as necessary
PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. We are also working primarily remotely at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until our return to campus, this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it. SPH will support flexible work schedules upon this return, subject to individual departments’ business needs.   
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required
5+ years of related experience is required
Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

MPH or other relevant graduate education preferred
Strong organizational and supervisory skills
Strong attention to detail, excellent writing, editing, communication skills
Experience handling multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions, Experience prioritizing tasks, taking initiative and working with confidential information
Experience interacting diplomatically and professionally with all levels of staff
Experience working independently or in a team environment, building teams and consensus, making decisions, and reporting to senior leadership on a consistent basis
Have a comprehensive view of clinical trials and the study/analysis progression of a study
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
Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals
Additional Information

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 affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with 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 90 day orientation and review period. 

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.
Job Function

General Administration, Research

USA – MA – Boston
Job Code

359057 Admin Dept/Program Admin


Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research
Time Status

Salary Grade


00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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