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Project Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary
The Department of Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studies the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. In addition to pursuing ground-breaking global research initiatives, we educate and prepare future medical leaders and practitioners as part of our mission to ignite positive changes in the quality of health across the world.

The Song Lab, led by Dr. Mingyang Song, focuses its research on clinical and translational epidemiology of cancer under two main themes. One is to combine large-scale observational studies with biomarker-based randomized clinical trials to identify novel nutritional and gut microbiota-targeted strategies for cancer prevention and treatment. The other is to integrate electronic health record (EHR) data with molecular profiling for developing cost-effective risk assessment tools for precision cancer screening and surveillance. The ultimate goal of the lab's research is to translate epidemiologic advances into the clinic for improved cancer prevention and treatment. To learn more about the Song Lab, please visit:  

Position Description
The Song Lab is seeking a Project Manager who will provide day-to-day oversight of research, training, and administrative operations. The Project Manager will work under the direct supervision of the Lab's PI.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Project and Operations Management:
- Oversee the administrative and operational activities of the research projects in the lab
- In collaboration with the PI and lab members, develop and manage project timelines to ensure progress of research plans and deliverables are met in a timely and organized manner; identify obstacles to project success in a timely manner and implement problem-solving actions as needed
- Assist with budget management, including monitoring spending and managing effort allocations for the lab members
- In collaboration with the PI and lab members, ensure protocol and regulatory compliance for all research activities, including Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
- In collaboration with the PI and lab members, develop and implement standard operating procedures for research projects at the lab
- Develop and manage relationships with collaborators and partner institutions, including the Massachusetts General Hospital
- Assist the PI with the preparation of presentation and grants materials for project updates and reports, including reporting on grant progress
- Other related duties as assigned

Administrative Management:
- Develop, implement, and manage administrative systems and procedures for effective management of the lab and its research projects
- Manage the lab's communications efforts, including maintaining the lab website, publicizing lab members' work/publications via social media
- Assist the PI with oversight of the lab's staff, including coordinating meetings and events, developing initiatives to maintain staff engagement, helping resolve issues, and cultivating a collaborative environment
- Coordinate the recruitment, hiring, onboarding and offboarding for the lab, including staff, academic, and temporary roles
- Liaise with the Department Administrator and HR to develop job descriptions and recruitment plans as needed
- May supervise staff in the future as needed
- Other related duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience required
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Prior research project management experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with managing multiple projects simultaneously strongly preferred
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills (verbal, written and interpersonal) preferred
  • Experience and comfort in working in dynamic, multi-deadline driven environment preferred
  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail and accuracy preferred
  •  Experience working independently under minimal supervision and as part of a team preferred
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills preferred
  • Possession of broad research/academic interests and experience and success applying critical thinking to programmatic, financial, and policy issues a plus
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
Physical Requirements
The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine 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.

Working Conditions
PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid position and will be based in Boston, MA.  Additional details pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process.  All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).

Additional Information
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 O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function
General Administration

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
405012 Admin Professional (N)

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


Salary Grade


55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values, our Principles of Citizenship, and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

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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