Neuropsychiatric Genetics Curriculum Fellow
Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
United States






Neuropsychiatric Genetics Curriculum Fellow




Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health






Position Description

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 Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research [GINGER] is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist who is committed to the practice and teaching of research and who has a passion for building research capacity globally. GINGER is a training initiative aimed at supporting a new generation of global neuropsychiatric genetics researchers. GINGER does this by providing research skills training, career development support and by promoting cross-country collaboration for junior researchers who aim to conduct neuropsychiatric genetics research.


GINGER has selected a group of 17 junior researchers from collaborating institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to participate in GINGER’s first cohort of GINGER Research Fellows. Throughout the two-year program, Research Fellows will complete two in-person research workshops [Boston Summer 2017; London Summer 2018] and virtual coursework delivered online via Harvard’s Canvas Catalog. Research Fellows also receive individual mentoring and career development support. In addition, GINGERwill run short-courses taught at collaborating institutions in East and South Africa that will be open to the broader communities at each institution.


The Curriculum Fellow [CF] will be a key member of the GINGER program team and will work both independently and with team members to drive the development, improvement and analysis of high-quality virtual coursework and in-person training materials. The GINGER curriculum will emphasize teaching concepts and skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, genetics and neuropsychiatric diseases. The CF will manage and develop the curriculum learning objectives and lead design of curriculum material including video lectures and all associated interactive learning exercises with the goal to create innovative, new material. The CF will also adapt any curricula currently in existence that is free for use and relevant.

Duties and Responsibilities: The CF will work independently and in collaboration with GINGER faculty and staff to:


• Develop and/or identify pre-existing content and materials for in-person workshops and virtual coursework.
• Serve as an instructor for GINGER coursework and/or provide instructional support when applicable.
• Research innovative teaching methodologies to incorporate within GINGER curriculum and keep it current. Pursue additional opportunities to improve GINGER education through discovery and adoption of innovative teaching methods.
• Provide administrative support for the delivery of virtual coursework via Harvard’s Canvas Catalog.
• Assist in mentoring any teaching assistants for virtual coursework or on-site trainings.
• Liaise with other Harvard departments and affiliates engaged in virtual curriculum teaching and learning initiatives with related fields.
• Contribute to program delivery and take an active role in driving continuous improvement of learning materials and GINGERprogram activities.
• Foster a positive learning environment for GINGER Research Fellows and be a presence within the fellow cohort.
• Provide support for program faculty with the execution of virtual curriculum and preparation of data for reports to GINGERstakeholders. 
• Assist in designing syllabi for virtual coursework and agendas for in-person workshops and on-site short courses
• Lead and/or assist in conducting needs assessments across partner sites and with GINGER Research Fellows to determine priority training areas; analyze needs assessments and write reports for internal consumption.
• Participate in strategic planning initiatives and program development.
• Please note: This position is part time with a schedule of 17.5 hours per week.


Basic Qualifications


• A doctorate degree or equivalent in a public health related field such as biostatistics, epidemiology or a doctorate or equivalent in genetics.
• Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level.
• International work and/or teaching experience (desirable) or experience working in multi-cultural settings (desirable).


Additional Qualifications


• Demonstrated quantitative expertise and knowledge of research study design within relevant public health fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics or have experience in genetics research.
• Proficiency with R (preferred) or other statistical software.
• Ability to work collaboratively in multi-cultural environments and with multidisciplinary teams.
• Experience and/or interest in applying pedagogical best practices, including evidence-based teaching methods and technological innovations to a classroom environment or online teaching environment.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently to identify and implement solutions to diverse problems.


Special Instructions




Contact Information


Lori Chibnik, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology


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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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