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Assistant Professor of Biostatistics (contract)

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Minneapolis
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID352223

LocationTwin Cities

Job FamilyAcademic

Full/Part TimeFull-Time


Job Code9403

Employee ClassInstr Fac/TC and Coord Cmp

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The Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, at the University of Minnesota is seeking applicants for a non-tenure track (contract) faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, who will be a member of the Analytics Core of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB).The School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression and welcomes you to join us in our pursuit of buidling equity and driving justice. We particularly encourage applications from those who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in our School, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, those with disabilities, veterans, and those from LGBTQIA+ communities.Applicants must have a PhD in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field with expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology. Research or scholarship responsibilities may include work with a team of statisticians and computational researchers at the MIDB Analytics Core to develop novel algorithms and machine learning methods for large-scale imaging/genomic data integration and analysis, and lead or facilitate the implementation of these new methods into scalable cloud-based computer programs, databases, and web portals. Other responsibilities include participating in collaborative and independent research programs related to neurobehavioral development and mental health, participating in the Division's graduate program through teaching and advising, and serving on division and school level committees.

We are strongly committed to recruiting, mentoring, and retaining faculty with a diversity of experiences and support the advancement of the School of Public Health's Strategic Plan for Antiracism (https://www.sph.umn.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/strategy-planning/). We recognize that scholars from historically disadvantaged groups may not have had the same access to opportunities and may have faced substantial barriers on their academic journey, and hence we are committed to carrying out a holistic evaluation of all applicants for the position.The salary range for these positions will be very competitive, and the University of Minnesota offers excellent fringe benefits.

About the Department

MIDB (midb.umn.edu) is dedicated to fostering the healthy brain function of children across the lifespan with the mission to set and maintain a healthy trajectory for all children toward positive life outcomes through early neurobehavioral and mental health assessment, innovative targeted interventions, informed policy-making, compassionate child-advocacy, and community education. Committed to collaboration, MIDB researchers are from numerous departments, including Pediatrics, Neuroscience, Biostatistics, Child Psychology, Child Psychiatry and Psychology. The 100,000 square foot MIDB facility houses the Center for Neurobehavioral Development interdisciplinary clinical research center, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuropsychology and Pediatric Neurology clinics within M Health-Fairview, and the Institute on Community Integration-a policy and educational outreach facility. The MIDB's mission of basic and clinical research in the field of neurobehavioral development is supported by multiple cores including: Analytics, Informatics, Neuroimaging, Human Phenotyping, Translational Neuroscience, Tele-outreach, Neurointervention, Community Integration and Education, and Global Health.

The Division of Biostatistics (www.sph.umn.edu/biostatistics) currently includes 35 faculty members and over 50 staff. Faculty regularly publish in the top methodological journals across all major research areas, including causal inference, clinical trials, statistical genetics and bioinformatics including genomics and proteomics, analysis of spatial and longitudinal data, biomedical imaging, survival analysis, meta-analysis and data synthesis, and mobile health. Division faculty are also active in a wide range of collaborative research projects including high-profile studies of cancer, cardiovascular disease, COVID-19, dentistry and periodontology, psychiatry/psychology, transplantation, chronic and neurodegenerative diseases, and tobacco control. Division of Biostatistics faculty have biostatistical leadership roles in major collaborative initiatives, including the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (BDAC; https://ctsi.umn.edu/services/statistical-support/biostatistical-support) of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, the Biostatistics Core of the Masonic Cancer Center (https://ccgg.umn.edu/for-researchers/shared-resources/biostatistics), and the Analytics Core of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (https://midb.umn.edu/research/analytics-core).

The Division offers MS and PhD degrees in Biostatistics and a MPH in Public Health Data Science, with a current enrollment of 111 graduate students (52 Doctoral, 59 Masters). Students come to our programs from top undergraduate and graduate institutions across the U.S. and around the world, attracted by the quality of our faculty, a reasonable student-faculty ratio, our dedication to student success, and the modest cost of living in the Twin Cities. Division students regularly win prestigious student paper awards at top national and international conferences; approximately half pursue careers in academia, and half choose paths in private industry and government.

The Division of Biostatistics is located on the main University of Minnesota campus, which straddles the Mississippi River and is centrally located in Minneapolis. Campus is served by plentiful public transportation, including a light rail line stop across the street from Division offices. On-campus parking is also readily available on a contract or daily fee basis. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer all the usual amenities of a major metropolitan area; one notable highlight is the urban parks system, which has frequently been ranked #1 in the nation. Livable neighborhoods are diverse and widespread, and housing prices remain moderate compared to other similarly sized metro areas.


Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach the required items: 1) cover letter (details below), 2) current curriculum vitae, and 3) the names of at least three references.In the cover letter (maximum of 3 single spaced pages), applicants should address their research and teaching interests, and are also encouraged to comment on how they can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment in the Division of Biostatistics. In addition, a letter of recommendation from each of the three references should be sent to biostats@umn.edu. Please reference Job ID: 352223. Other questions regarding this position can be directed to this same address. Applications received on or before December 2, 2022 will be given first consideration for an interview; however, we will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit: https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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