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Biostatistics Division Chief

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2018
Last review date: Monday, Dec 31, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences is seeking to fill a faculty position for Chief of the Division of Biostatistics at the Full Professor level.

As Professor and Chief of the Division of Biostatistics, the appointee chosen for this position will be expected to:

• Develop, in collaboration with faculty and staff, the vision and strategic priorities for the Division’s operations and growth.
• Represent the Division in Department, School of Medicine, and University affairs, as well as in outside professional settings.
• Oversee, in collaboration with the Department Chair, the teaching and academic program responsibilities of Division faculty.
• Oversee, in collaboration with the Department Chair and staff, Division faculty affairs, including recruitment, mentoring, merits, and promotions.
• Contribute to the Department’s leadership and governance, along with the Department Chair, Vice Chairs, and other Division Chiefs, to promote the goals of the Department.
• Provide intellectual leadership, in collaboration with Division faculty, for major team science initiatives including the Clinical and Translational Science Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other UC Davis and national partnerships.
• Maintain an independent research program.
• Foster an academic environment that stimulates collaborative and independent research by the Division of Biostatistics faculty.
• Teach and mentor students in one or more settings such as graduate programs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Clinical Research, and Public Health; the medical degree program; or post-graduate training.

Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in biostatistics or statistics. An established record of collaborative and independent biostatistics methodological research is required, including recent peer-reviewed publications; demonstrated experience with the design, analysis, and reporting of epidemiologic and/or clinical studies; and experience in obtaining extramural grant funding. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Previous leadership experience in a School of Medicine or School of Public Health is highly desirable.
Candidates must have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.
The fields of specialization are open, but particular consideration will be given to candidates with experience and/or interests in collaborative biomedical research. The following are examples of areas of potential interest:
• Preclinical or transitional science
• Clinical trials
• Epidemiological/observational studies
• “Big data” statistics: omics, administrative data and/or electronic health records
• Biomarker discovery

The Division of Biostatistics is an administrative unit within the Department of Public Health Sciences. The Department of Public Health Sciences is a major research and teaching Department in the School of Medicine with 24 full-time faculty members including 11 full-time biostatistics faculty members. The Division has 7 staff biostatisticians. In addition to epidemiologic research within the Department, faculty members have an active collaboration with many faculties in other departments and centers. Areas of active research in the Department include occupational/environmental health, cancer, reproductive and women’s health, aging, nutrition, infectious and pulmonary disease, injuries/accidents/trauma, health informatics, and health policy/health services research. Active biostatistical research includes neuroimaging data, longitudinal data, complex sample designs, omics data, clinical trials, preclinical and translational data, survival analysis, epidemiology, analysis of administrative data, and biomarker discovery.

Basic qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a related field.
• Established record of collaborative and independent methodological research, including recent peer-reviewed publications; demonstrated experience with the design, analysis, and reporting of epidemiologic and/or medical studies.
• Experience in obtaining grant funding.
• Experience in teaching biostatistics to non-statisticians.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Candidates must have the ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment.

Additional qualifications:
• Leadership experience in a School of Medicine or School of Public Health.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience in clinical/ translational science.

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 12, 2018; however, the position will be open until filled, but no later than June 30, 2019. Please provide the following: Curriculum Vitae; Cover letter; Statement of Research; Statement of Teaching; Contributions to Diversity, names and contact information for at least three references to:

Recruitment Link:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Valerie M. Anderson by email at or by phone at 530-752-3627.

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Davis, CA


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