Open Positions

Tenured Professor and Chair

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is accepting applications for the position of Tenured Professor & Chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Founded in 1948, Pitt Public Health spans seven academic departments, with nearly 650 students and 500 combined faculty and staff. 

The department of Biostatistics maintains an active program in the development of statistical methodology and the application of statistical and computation approaches via collaborative public health and health sciences research projects.  The Chair will lead the faculty, staff and students and is expected to bring a compelling vision and effective leadership and management skills to the cultivation and innovation of fundamental methodologic advances and also the robust application of biostatistical and computational techniques to the rapidly expanding use of biomedical data.

The strengths of department faculty include interrogating complex, high-dimensional datasets to address questions of basic biomedical science and discovery, computational biology, precision medicine, novel and traditional clinical trials, comparative effectiveness research, mobile health, disease modeling, and population health. Home to prominent research centers such as NRG Oncology Statistics and Data Management Center, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Biostatistics Core, and Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology, the department of Biostatistics has major research efforts in chronic diseases including cancer, mental health, liver diseases, large-scale clinical trials, and the study of health problems specific to urban and industrial environments. The department is also committed to training the next generation of biostatisticians and health data scientists from diverse backgrounds and recently modernized the curriculum by introducing two new concentrations for the MS degree, (i) Health Data Science and (ii) Statistical and Computational Genomics, to complement the existing MS and PhD programs.

The new Biostatistics Chair is expected to play a prominent role in the regional biomedical, healthcare and public health systems, and community practice by leveraging the academic community’s many strengths and resources including of biostatisticians and data scientists across the other schools of the health sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) and in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The new Chair is also expected to play a key role in the expansion of interdisciplinary research and collaboration by promoting an intellectual space that supports diverse perspectives and innovative approaches.

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • An outstanding track record of expertise through grants, publications, mentoring and engagement in statistics and/or data science for the advancement of biomedical and public health sciences.
  • A demonstrated commitment and record in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement through grants, advances in faculty and student achievement and expertise working with diverse populations.
  • Experience in and commitment to the development and oversight of contemporary educational programs to train the next generation of biostatisticians and health data scientists (masters, PhD, postdoc, and faculty).
  • A successful record of leadership, management, effective public relations, community outreach and/or fundraising through vision, implementation, and evidence-based evaluation.
  • A strategic vision for short- and long-term development of the department that supports the goals of Pitt Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh and reflects the future of the field.
  • The ability to maintain a vigorous program of independent statistics and/or data science public health research.
  • A commitment to fostering leadership or co-leadership roles within the department faculty in interdisciplinary collaboration initiatives related to health data science.
  • Demonstrated success in the mentoring and training of junior faculty members in helping them to obtain grants/funding and achieve career growth.
  • A shared commitment to the core values of communication, collaboration, innovation, action, and equity.
  • Experience in creating a collaborative, positive, and productive work environment for all personnel including faculty, staff, and students.

The Chair is a full-time faculty position. Candidates (PhD, DrPH, MD or equivalent) must have a distinguished record of research, teaching, practice, service, and academic accomplishments that meet the criteria of tenured professor level, including an advanced degree in statistics, biostatistics, or other quantitative science.  Formal training in public health (undergraduate, graduate, and/or post doc) is preferred. Experience in administration of externally supported research and training centers is desirable. Resources are available for intra-departmental program development, faculty recruitment, and cross-campus collaborations. 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Review of applications will begin on 11/1/21 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply through requisition #21007045 at Candidates should submit a letter of interest that addresses motivation to apply and summarizes professional accomplishments, a one-page DEI effort and vision statement, and curriculum vitae.

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Assistant Professor (Tenure track)

The Department of Biostatistics in the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at the University of Pittsburgh seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in Fall 2022 or earlier.

We seek applicants with a doctoral degree in Biostatistics/Statistics or related fields who have a strong commitment to teaching, independent methodological/applied research and collaborative research. We are interested in candidates with research expertise in the areas of high-dimensional data, imaging data, electronic health records, Bayesian methods, machine learning, causal inference, and clinical trials. Besides teaching and mentoring graduate students, this new faculty member will conduct clinical and translational cancer research at the NRG Oncology Statistical and Data Management Center.  NRG Oncology is a National Cancer Institute funded Cancer Clinical Trials Cooperative group that conducts practice-defining, multi-institutional clinical trials with emphases on gender-specific malignancies including gynecologic, breast, and prostate cancers and on localized or locally advanced cancers of all types.  New PhDs and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s credentials.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a diversity statement. Candidates should also arrange for three reference letters to support their application. Please apply for this position through requisition #21006614 at Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.