JOB NO.: 95311-FA

Work Type: Faculty-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Instructional, Instructional Design, Research, Scientific

Employment Class: Faculty

Position Vacancy ID: 95311-FA

Working Title: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Social Genomics--Cluster Hire


FTE: 100%

Anticipated Begin Date: JULY 01, 2019

Term: N/A

Advertised Salary:

ANNUAL (12 months)

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, or equivalent) in public policy, economics, sociology, biostatistics, statistical genomics, computer science, statistics, epidemiology, psychology, public health, or other quantitative field related to the discipline as described below.

Prefer candidates with experience or a demonstrated interest in both methodological development and collaborative applications, and in motivating their methodological research through such social science, biological, clinical, and/or health sciences applications.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Years of experience will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in leading and conducting scholarly research using both genomic and social science data appropriate to their stage of career. Associate/Full Professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials for appointment with tenure at teh University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). Tenure-track candidates will be expected to develop a strong scholarly research program leading to publication at the national and international level. Appointment at the tenured level requires evidence of excellence in scholarly research, teaching and service and requires review by the appropriate Divisional Tenure Committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A key consideration is the ability to and interest in working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary envrionment.

License or certificate:

Position Summary:

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, collaborative, cutting-edge, highly visible and extramurally-funded research program that specializes in data integration from genomic and social sciences sources with a focus on statistical and computational approaches to genetic prediction (genetic risk scores/polygenic scores) and/or the application of these scores to answering social and health sciences questions.

The candidate will be expected to advise graduate and post-graduate research in the area of social genomics; develop and maintain extramural funding for their research program; and teach graduate and undergraduate courses and develop new courses in their area of expertise, as appropriate. Faculty hired under this initiative will have primary faculty appointments in one or more campus departments in fields related to social genomics, including Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Population Health Sciences, Sociology, Public Affairs, or Psychology, and will become affiliates with some set of interdisciplinary centers and institutes across campus, such as the Center for the Demography of Health and Aging, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Institute for Research on Poverty, Waisman Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine. Instruction and research leadership and participation in faculty governance at the department level are expected. University and community service will also be expected as appropriate.

Social Genomics is a field of research that integrates theories, data, and methods across the social, health, and genetic sciences. This position is one of three hiring opportunities in this area and is part of an interdisciplinary cluster hiring initiative (, designed to foster innovative, outstanding research programs that will stimulate productive interactions among faculty and students interested in the integration of genetics and social science research across the campus and to expand interdisciplinary research in this area. The cluster will include the following three positions: 1) PVL 95311 (this position), 2) PVL 95085, and 3) PVL 95310. Please see the posting for these other two positions; you are welcome to apply for multiple positions within this cluster should you meet the criteria.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison seeks a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

Tenure homes for candidates will reside in departments relevant to candidate's area of expertise. Possible tenure homes include: Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Sociology, Department of Psychology, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, School of Public Affairs.

This position is listed as an A-basis (12-month) position; however, depending on the tenure home, this position may be an C-basis (9-month) appointment.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.


Nick Harding
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to applicants:

Electronic submission of materials is required. Applicants must apply via the on-line application system at Please click on the "APPLY NOW" button to start an application. Applicants will be asked to upload a letter of application referencing areas of research expertise, teaching experience and scholarly interest, a CV, and a writing sample/job market paper. Applicants will also need to provide contact information for three professional references within the application. References will be contacted directly to provide a confidential letter of recommendation via the on-line application system.

Do not send other materials until requested to do so. For additional information contact Dr. Jason Fletcher at [email protected]

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2018. However, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Additional Link: Full Position Details

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Advertised: Aug 9 2018 Central Daylight Time


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