Assistant Professor

Aurora, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - School of Public Health

Department of Biostatistics and Informatics

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Nature of Work:

The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics (B&I) is one of five departments in the Colorado School of Public Health. Faculty and students in the department apply analytic methods, statistical reasoning and information management techniques to the design and analysis of studies in medical and public health. Professional and research activities include the design and analysis of basic, applied and translational research and clinical trials, statistical consulting, developing of new statistical methods, disease information services, research databases and more.

The Colorado School of Public Health was established in 2008 as a collaborative school that builds on the collective strengths of the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. It is the only accredited school of public health in the Rocky Mountain region. In 2013, the Colorado SPH ranked 11th in total research funding among state-supported schools of public health, and is home to CDC, HRSA, and NIOSH-funded research and training centers. With over 127 primary faculty on the three collaborative campuses, there are over 300 students in programs leading to the MPH, MS, PhD, and DrPH degrees. The Department of Epidemiology has 29 regular faculty with many additional secondary or adjunct appointments in multiple schools and community facilities.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a $4 billion state-of-the-art academic medical complex, including clinical, research, and teaching facilities that support the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, and the Graduate School. The faculty of CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus offer more than 100 degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. In 2013, the University was awarded more than $414 million in research grants and contracts. The new Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.

The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics has an opening for a full-time biostatistician Tenure-Track Assistant Professor faculty member with expertise and methods research interests in research design including multicenter clinical trials, adaptive designs, causal inference issues associated with study design and/or observational studies in precision medicine.

The position is tenure-eligible with a primary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics currently includes over 30 full-time faculty members and approximately 50 MS and PhD students. Their methodological research includes clinical trials, statistical genetics, psycho-social methods, sequential trial designs, logistic regression, longitudinal and time series analysis, observational study design and analysis. Faculty members are involved in collaborative studies in a wide range of applications across the university and affiliated institutions.

The emphasis of this position is in biostatistics research, teaching biostatistics methods, and in research collaboration in the design of biomedical studies and clinical trials. Expertise in biostatistics methods related to design of biomedical studies including the design and analysis of clinical trials, observational studies in precision medicine, or the design of studies using the electronic health record is preferred. The faculty member in this position will have opportunities for research collaborations in NIH and industry sponsored multicenter clinical trial research and research across the Anschutz Medical Campus including the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, and with CPC Clinical Research which is an established non-profit academically led Academic Research Organization that is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus and is a formal affiliate of the University of Colorado.

Job Responsibilities:

The Assistant Professor position will have four major roles: (1) original research in statistical methods in biomedical research; (2) teaching in the MS, PhD , and MPH programs in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics and the Colorado School of Public Health; (3) to collaborate with researchers engaged in a wide range of biomedical and public health studies including the design, conduct, and analysis of large multicenter clinical trials; (4) to participate in the supervision and mentorship of biostatistics graduate students.

Supervision Received:

The faculty member will be supervised by the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics (DBI). The Chair of Biostatistics and Informatics and other faculty in DBI are available for mentorship and guidance.

Supervision Exercised:

This position can have supervisory responsibilities with early-career research instructors, PRAs, or graduate research assistants seeking PhD degrees.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong knowledge of basic statistical principles relevant in medical research
  • Strong programming skills in a common statistical software package (such as SAS, R, S-Plus, Python, MATLAB and/or SPSS)
  • Good organizational skills across individual projects, managing own work load
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work with biomedical investigators and colleagues in the DBI, CSPH and more broadly with other units on the Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Ability to contribute to the growth and development of the DBI and CSPH
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong knowledge of statistical computing and/or Bayesian inference


Required Qualifications:

This position requires a doctoral degree in Biostatistics or related field with experience in collaboration in the design and analysis of biomedical research. The person in this position must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work independently with biomedical investigators.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who have expertise in statistical methods in the design and analysis of clinical trials and observational studies. Preference will also be given to candidates with demonstrated experience in statistical consulting and teaching in a health care field and with work on Federal grants. Ideally, candidates will have some postdoctoral experience, and a record of collaborative publications.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions about the position can be addressed to: John Kittelson, PhD, search committee chair, at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin January 23, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at . Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE: 1. A cover letter describing interest and qualifications 2. A full curriculum vitae 3. Email addresses for 3 references who will be willing to submit a letter of reference if requested. Finalists may also be asked to submit publications as examples of their work.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21419 - CSPH-Bio Info General Ops

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: John Kittelson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00698819