Student Academic Advisor - Biostatistics (4551U), School of Public Health - 32314

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Student Academic Advisor - Biostatistics (4551U), School of Public Health - 32314 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Public Health (BPH) aims to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. Established in 1943, BPH is a professional school on the UC Berkeley campus that comprises six academic divisions and nearly 30 research centers and programs. Our department's values include social justice, health as a right, challenging conventional thought, embracing diversity, and creating meaningful impact. We honor our principles of community by centering and valuing everyone in our community; prioritizing prevention while remaining grounded in social justice; promoting safety and respect; practicing self-care and kindness; and remaining optimistic, hopeful, and committed to change. Learn more at

The Division of Biostatistics studies the factors that determine the distribution of health and disease in human populations, and improve the understanding of data that are relevant to issues in public health. Many issues in the health, medical, and biological sciences are addressed by collecting and exploring relevant data. The development and application of techniques to better understand such data is the fundamental concern of Biostatistics. The program offers training in theory of statistics and biostatistics, computer implementation of analytic methods, and opportunities to use this knowledge in areas of biological/medical research. The resources and facilities in BPH and the Department of Statistics, together with those of other university departments, offer a broad set of opportunities to satisfy the needs of individual students. Involvement of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at UC San Francisco enriches instructional and research activities.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 23, 2022

  • Utilizing specialized expertise, applies program responsibility for a broad academic discipline/student category to develop and present programs to students to enhance their learning capabilities in groups, and 1-on-1, for a wide range of issues, including: discipline-specific; coding; course-based (advanced); study strategies; deconstructing a syllabus. Includes consulting and support for regular biostatistical research issues for Capstone Courses at the MPH-level in the school. The includes basic concepts of probability and statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing, and multivariable regression methods.
  • Develops and manages study groups tied to specific department courses or series of courses.
  • Designs, develops, implements, and delivers multi-format programs and training for a broad academic discipline (i.e., Biostatistics) to enhance the learning process for students and support their academic success.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships with academic units on outreach, orientation, academic strategy, and enrichment workshops, community building events, and activities.
  • Other duties, as assigned.
  • Participates in workshops, trainings, and other professional development activities.
  • Provides guidance to Graduate Student Affairs Officers (GSAOs) on pedagogic issues affecting students in their programs.
  • Trains and provides guidance to graduate students, staff, and student interns who teach, advise, and coach students.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge in providing applied biostatistical consulting to students completing research projects, MPH capstone projects, data management, analytic methods, and statistical computing.
  • General biostatistical consulting which includes basic concepts of probability and statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing, and multivariable regression methods.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making.
  • Multicultural competencies, and ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Demonstrated successful track record in communication of biostatistical concepts to people with a broad spectrum of quantitative backgrounds.
  • Applied data analysis experience, including analysis of epidemiologic data using methods such as generalized linear models, hierarchical and repeated measures data, and survival analysis.
  • Strong skills in data management and analysis using statistical programming languages, including fluency in R.
  • Experience with RMarkdown, Latex, GitHub.

  • Master's or PhD level degree in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, or related area, and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of academic curricula.
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.
  • Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test taking, time management, and goal setting.
  • Supervisory skills to hire, train, and provide coaching and guidance to student workers and student interns.
  • Demonstrated skill in writing for scientific publication.
  • Fluency in additional statistical computing languages, include SAS/Stata.
  • Experience with both base R and the tidyverse R packages (e.g., dplyr, ggplot2) and philosophy.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $86,000.00 - 96,000.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information
  • This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is a hybrid position, with 40% remote work eligibility.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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