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The Department of Population Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School in Worcester, MA, is recruiting up to two faculty members at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level (tenure track/tenure eligible) with primary responsibility to participate in collaborative research within PQHS and with the other departments of the Medical School. The academic department home will be PQHS (Division of Biostatistics and Health Services Research) and the core collaborating faculty and research setting will be with the Quantitative Methods Core (QMC) of PQHS. Rank and tenure status will be determined based on applicants’ background and expertise.

The QMC currently has five full- and part-time faculty as well as twelve staff (statistical analysts and data management). Since its founding in May, 2010, the QMC has conducted over 2400 consultations with over 600 researchers and contributed to over 500 grant applications. In addition, QMC faculty are Principal Investigators on their own grants as well as being involved in collaborative studies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The new biostatistics faculty member would participate in the ongoing collaborative work of the Quantitative Methods Core, in particular, and of PQHS, in general. PQHS was founded in June, 2009 and currently has over 30 faculty members distributed across 4 Divisions: Biostatistics and Health Services Research; Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and Vulnerable Populations; Health Informatics and Implementation Sciences; and Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. PQHS faculty are principal investigators on active research projects totaling over $40 million in extramural funding. PQHS is also the home for the doctoral program in Clinical and Population Health Research, and of the Quantitative Methods Core, the methodology consultation and service unit for the medical school. UMass received a Clinical and Translation Science Award in 2010 and the Worcester campus currently receives more than $250 million dollars in annual extramural funding. PQHS is a key driver of clinical and translational research at UMass.

Position Qualifications

Applicants with interest and experience in collaborative research, as well as personal research interests in statistical methodology and/or bioinformatics, are encouraged to apply. Faculty applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, or a related field. Excellent communication skills and ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team are essential. Candidates should have a record of research in biostatistics in investigator-initiated studies, collaborative studies and/or clinical trials.