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The application packet includes the candidate’s CV, a cover letter, and a research statement. Please see the list of open positions below for additional details on application requirements for each of the positions.

For more information, contact the fellowship director Dr. Florence Bourgeois at florence_bourgeois@hms.harvard.edu.

Available Fellowship Opportunities

NEUROSCIENCE

Summary

The Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science is seeking a fellow with training or expertise in the neurosciences. The fellow will work with faculty at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals or MIT, and benefit from interactions and collaborations with FDA scientists on a project-specific basis.

Potential areas of interest include the following topics, among others:

  • Use of biomarkers for development of novel neurological indications and requirements for clinical validation 
  • Creating a regulatory framework for wearables and other digital technologies for use in diagnostics, monitoring of treatment outcomes, and disease maintenance among patients with neurological conditions
  • Development of more patient-centric and patient-rated outcome measures that can be used as approvable endpoints in the development of CNS agents
  • More flexible approaches to trial designs to expedite development of therapeutics for neurological diseases

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Individuals with doctoral degrees (MD, PhD, PharmD, JD, or equivalent) and training or experience in clinical neurology or psychiatry, basic neuroscience, or in a relevant field such as pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, or health policy

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS

Please include the following in the initial application:

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Cover letter with up to five faculty members with whom the applicant would be interested in working
  • Research statement describing the applicant’s research interests, including a description of the relevance to regulatory science
  • Writing sample or up to three relevant publications

If selected to submit a full application, candidates will be interviewed and asked to provide:

  • 3 letters of reference
  • Project description (3 pages maximum) that includes justification for the work, specific research objectives, proposed methods, and the project’s broader relevance and implications for regulatory science
    • The project description may be developed jointly with the mentor following identification of a faculty mentor after submission of the initial application

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Host Institution: Harvard Medical School
Appointing Department: Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science
Research Laboratory: TBD
Location: Boston, MA
Category: Scientist
Other responsibilities: no administrative or teaching obligations
Duration of fellowship: 2 years

EEO STATEMENT

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive considerations 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.

CONTACT
Florence Bourgeois, MD, MPH | Florence_Bourgeois@hms.harvard.edu
Co-Director, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

MACHINE LEARNING AND NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING

Summary 

The Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science, at Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the Machine Learning for Medical Language Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow to contribute to cutting edge research in the field of machine learning and natural language processing for regulatory science applications.

We are seeking candidates who can develop analytical tools to predict device safety and effectiveness using FDA pre-market and post-market databases. This is an opportunity to participate in high-impact work that will allow regulatory agencies to analyze a range of medical device data to identify trends and safety signals, assess device performance across different device types, and analyze data-related workflows to inform process improvements in the future.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidates with a PhD degree in Computer Science, Math, Physics, Engineering, Statistics or a related technical field, with interest in biomedical applications, will be an excellent fit. However, we encourage candidates from a variety of backgrounds to apply, if their experience and interests match the project goals.
  • Experience in research, including ability to plan and carry out research experiments and projects
  • Candidates with experience in the areas of machine learning, natural language processing/computational linguistics, and medical terminologies/ontologies are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Programming experience in computer programming languages (e.g., Python, Java, etc)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player

APPLICATIONS MATERIALS

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Cover letter
  • Research statement describing the applicant’s research interests, including personal objectives
  • Up to 3 publications with clearly stated individual contributions
  • Three letters of reference (will be requested of finalists)

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Host Institution: Harvard Medical School
Appointing Department: Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science
Research Laboratory: Machine Learning for Medical Language Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital under Timothy Miller 
Location: Boston, MA
Category: Scientist
Other responsibilities: no administrative or teaching obligations
Duration of fellowship: 2 years

EEO STATEMENT

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive considerations 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.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should email their applications materials to: 
Prof. Timothy Miller, PI Machine Learning for Medical Language Lab 
tim.miller@gmail.com

REGULATORY SCIENCE – BROAD CALL

Summary

The Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS) invites applications for a fellowship position at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science (CRS). The fellow will join a cohort of highly motivated Regulatory Science Fellows with diverse backgrounds and expertise to conduct interdisciplinary research with broad applications to medicine and public health and contribute to a thriving regulatory science community.

For this position, the fellow will work with faculty at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals or MIT, and benefit from interactions and collaborations with FDA scientists on a project-specific basis.

Unique aspects of this fellowship program include:

  • Access to FDA scientists and collaborations on FDA projects
  • Participation in an established multi-disciplinary community, enabling educational experiences and research activities outside of a single field of expertise
  • Access to clinicians and investigators at multiple large healthcare centers, providing opportunities for research projects with direct medical applications

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Individuals with doctoral degrees (MD, PhD, PharmD, JD, or equivalent) with training or experience in a relevant field such as pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, epidemiology, regulatory law, health policy, or pharmacoeconomics

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS

Please include the following in the initial application:

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Cover letter with up to five (and at least 2) faculty members with whom the applicant would be interested in working
  • Research statement describing the applicant’s research interests, including a description of the relevance to regulatory science
  • Writing sample or up to three relevant publications

If selected to submit a full application, candidates will be interviewed and asked to provide:

  • 3 letters of reference
  • Project description (3 pages maximum) that includes justification for the work, specific research objectives, proposed methods, and the project’s broader relevance and implications for regulatory science
    • The project description may be developed jointly with the mentor following identification of a faculty mentor after submission of the initial application

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Host Institution: Harvard Medical School
Appointing Department: Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science
Research Laboratory: TBD
Location: Boston, MA
Category: Scientist
Other responsibilities: no administrative or teaching obligations
Duration of fellowship: 2 years

EEO STATEMENT

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive considerations 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.

CONTACT
Florence Bourgeois, MD, MPH | Florence_Bourgeois@hms.harvard.edu
Co-Director, Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School