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Location: Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University


Assistant / Associate Professor in Biostatistics

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Posted: 9/26/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2411

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Old Dominion University invites applications for a 10-month full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Biostatistics in the School of Community and Environmental Health. The position will begin in the summer o 2018. We are a growing, diverse multidisciplinary environment with an inclusive excellence faculty. The School of Community and Environmental Health seeks faculty with a strong biostatistics background, experience in public health, and health-related research.  Incoming faculty will be expected to maintain an active program of research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will develop independent research projects and serve as a collaborator/co-investigator on current and future studies, including, but not limited to epidemiologic and other public health-related research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active program of research, graduate teaching/advising, and service, to pursue external research funding and to be a collaborative researcher, with methodological approaches grounded in and informed by public health. Responsibilities include research, advising students and teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, and departmental, school, university, and professional service.  The responsibilities include mentoring and teaching masterís degree and doctoral students. The position reports to the Chair of the School of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences ( Appointment at the level of Associate Professor requires a record of significant achievements in research, teaching, and service including an independent research program or strong potential for obtaining extramural funding to establish an independent research program.

We are seeking a researcher scholar and professional committed to public health research, teaching, service, and practice. The successful applicant will have an interest in working collaboratively with students and faculty. The candidate should have strong research expertise in methodology and the ability to develop analytic plans for new and ongoing research initiatives, guide and conduct statistical data analyses, perform data management, and provide data interpretation. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, particularly regarding communicating research plans and findings to diverse public health audiences.  

The candidate should have extensive, strong research expertise in biostatistics and research methodology. Specifically, the candidate must have significant experience in study design, in developing analytic approaches for health-related studies, and in guiding and conducting statistical data analyses, and data interpretation. The candidate must also have the requisite competencies to effectively teach and mentor students in rigorous biostatistics and research methodologies, including statistical applications, data analysis, research study design and related areas such as effectively communicating data results orally and in writing. The candidate must be able to communicate data findings and results as well as methodological approaches to a range of audiences. Proficiency in at least one statistical and data base software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, is required. Experience with epidemiologic research and experience and understanding with epidemiologic approaches and methods are preferred. Candidates with evidence of peer-reviewed publication and extramural funding preferred. The successful candidate should be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team or with varied audiences (students and faculty from diverse disciplines).  


Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum requirements:

        Earned terminal degree (e.g., PhD, ScD) in biostatistics or a closely related field from an accredited public health program, school, or institution;

        Proficiency in at least one standard statistical data base software, preferably SAS

        Expertise in biostatistics and research methodology including study design, data interpretation, data management, and data analysis;

        Strong record of research (peer-reviewed publications, grants) in biostatistics or related area considering career stage and research potential;

        Excellent oral and written communication skills; the candidate must be able to communicate (in written and oral form) methodological approaches (study design, analysis plans etc.) and research results effectively and so that they are interpretable by varied public health audiences

         Comprehensive competencies and training enabling the candidate to teach in biostatistics and in related areas (e.g., research methodology);

        Demonstrated research independence or high potential for research independence


Preferred attributes of the candidate include:

        Experience with epidemiologic research and an understanding of epidemiologic approaches and methods;

        Demonstrated experience working with others and across departments or disciplines; Collaborative research potential and experience, particularly as related to public health;

        Evidence of public health training and experience;

        Graduate-level teaching experience in biostatistics or a closely related field

        Experience advising and mentoring graduate students in biostatistics or a closely related research area in public health;

        Experience with a range of biostatistical methods and research methodologies;

        Potential for securing external research funding


Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing position requirements, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, unofficial grad transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to  Review of applications will begin October 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.




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