Assistant Professor in Biostatistics

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Assistant Professor in Biostatistics

Job no: 495384
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is a highly collaborative group of 19 faculty researchers in a variety of areas. The Biostatistics program has nine faculty members whose methodological research focuses on areas such as Bayesian methods, methods for high-dimensional data, biomarker discovery, population genetics, bioinformatics, clinical trials, time-series analysis, missing data, survey sampling, and survival analysis. Specific areas of application include genomics, demography, epidemiology, infectious disease, analysis of electronic medical record data, and addiction research. Department members collaborate extensively with faculty from other departments across campus, the University's Medical School, and Baystate Medical Center. Additionally, active collaborations exist between biostatistics faculty and the UN, WHO, CDC, and other governmental agencies and academic institutions in the US and internationally.

Job Summary

The Biostatistics Program in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology seeks three (3) tenure track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities will include research, advising students and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, and departmental, school and university service. Tenure track positions at the University of Massachusetts receive nine months of committed salary support.


Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, ScD) in biostatistics or closely related field of study;
  • Evidence of independent and collaborative research potential;
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publication given career stage;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching and advising at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • In addition, preference will be given to candidates possessing excellent potential for securing federal research funding.


  • Demonstrated potential to develop an extramurally funded research program in biostatistical methods and excellent teaching skills.
  • Successful applicants will be dynamic, collaborative researchers, whose methodological work is inspired by pressing problems in public health.
  • We are interested in candidates with experience in a broad range of methodological settings, including but not limited to faculty whose research focuses on machine learning, bioinformatics, statistical genetics,neurostatistics, clustered data, missing data and infectious diseases.

Salary Information

The University offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of their research and teaching interests, and the names of 3 references. The application review process will begin October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The earliest anticipated start date is September 1, 2019.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Advertised: Aug 28 2018 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 1/11/2019
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