Research Assistant Professor / Research Associate Professor

Job description


Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Biostatistics and Informatics

and the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes

Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS)

Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor

The Department of Biostatistics and Informatics has an opening for a full-time position at the rank of research assistant professor or research associate professor. This position will be based primarily at ACCORDS, the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science, a program that is jointly funded by the School of Medicine and Children's Hospital Colorado to support the growth of outcomes and T3-T4 translational research. ACCORDS serves as a center for health care professionals, researchers and analysts from across the University to pool skills and talents to pursue health outcomes research and education. In addition, ACCORDS fosters strong research and educational collaborations with external partners including Denver Health, Kaiser Permanente, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment and other health care delivery systems and many community organizations. ACCORDS has programs in Dissemination and Implementation Science, Education, and Community Engagement and Outreach, as well as Methodological Cores in Qualitative Science, Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs), Biostatistics for Health Services Research, Analytic Health Information Technology (HIT) and mobile health.

The position will include opportunities in collaborative research with health outcomes researchers, original research in health services, and/or biostatistical methodology, along with teaching in the ACCORDS sponsored fellowships. The ACCORDS Center includes over 70 faculty members based in several academic departments and at affiliated institutions.

The faculty member's academic appointment will reside in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, one of five Departments in the Colorado School of Public Health. Faculty and students in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics apply analytic methods, statistical reasoning and information management techniques to health data in medical and public health fields. Professional and research activities include the design and analysis of basic application and translational research and clinical trials, statistical consulting, development of new statistical methods, disease information services, research databases and more.

Supervision Received:

This position will report to Dr. Allison Kempe, Director of ACCORDS, regarding all aspects of the biostatistics job and Dr. Debashis Ghosh regarding academic promotion and personal faculty development.

Supervision Exercised

For candidates at the Assistant Professor level, this position will potentially have supervisory graduate research assistants seeking MS or responsibilities over early-career research instructors, professional research assistants, or PhD degrees.

For candidates at the Associate Professor level, this position will be expected to have supervisory responsibilities over early-career research instructors, professional research assistants, or graduate research assistants seeking MS or PhD degrees.

Examples of Work Performed

For candidates at both levels, they will have the following roles: (1) Teach and mentor Fellows and junior faculty in ACCORD programs; (2) collaborating with researchers; (3) supervising up to three Masters' level data analysts; (4) participating in the supervision and mentorship of biostatistics and informatics graduate students when possible.

Expectations at the Assistant Professor Level:

For candidates at the Assistant Professor rank, the candidate is expected to develop an independent research career which must be highly collaborative and innovative with a focus on excellence. The research portfolio will involve both collaborative and methodological research. In collaboration with other investigators the successful candidate will be involved in preparation of grant applications and analysis and publication of data generated from funded studies.

Expectations at the Associate Professor Level:

Candidates at the Associate Professor rank are expected to already have an independent research career which must be highly collaborative and innovative with a focus on excellence.

With respect to the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, the faculty member will have some service obligations and might engage in teaching activities as negotiated with the Department Chair.

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

Salary and Benefits:

The salary for this position 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

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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Minimum qualifications:
  • PhD degree in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics, computer science, applied mathematics or related fields.
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an independent program of research (for the Assistant Professor rank). An established independent research program of research (for the Associate Professor and above rank).

Preferred Requirements
  • 2+ years of research experience at the research assistant professor level, and 6+ years at the research associate professor level
  • Expertise in `big data' analysis with primary areas of interest including electronic health records, pragmatic trial design including cluster-randomized trials, advanced techniques to approach causal inference and confounding in observational studies, and structural equation modeling
  • Evidence of independent research through publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead the biostatistics elements of clinical or translational research projects.
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills and abilities

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:A review of the application material will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicant must apply online at Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact. Required Application Materials: When applying at, applicants must include: 1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications, including - Summary of research accomplishments - Statement of research interests and goals - History of funding for research or teaching 2) A current curriculum vitae 3) The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references in a separate document Questions should be directed to Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD, at [email protected]

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 14, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00660096





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/25/2018
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