Lecturer, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Health Sciences R#

Amherst, Massachusetts
Commensurate with experience
September 19 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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About University of Massachusetts Amherst:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is a nationally-ranked public research university and home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students. The 1,430 acre campus is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. UMass Amherst, along with Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, is a member of the Five College Consortium and the Academic Career network. The region boasts a rural setting with easy access to major metropolitan areas.  University employees enjoy excellent benefits and opportunities for career development.

The Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology is one of six departments in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences. We are a highly collaborative group of 19 faculty researchers and lecturers (9 Biostatisticians and 10 Epidemiologists) who are active in research in a variety of areas.  In biostatistics, this includes Bayesian methods, methods for high-dimensional data, biomarker discovery, population genetics, bioinformatics, clinical trials, time-series analysis, missing data, survey sampling, and survival analysis.  In epidemiology, this includes cancer etiology, community-based research, women’s health issues, physical activity, nutrition, and biomarkers.  Department members collaborate extensively with faculty from other departments across campus, the University’s Medical School, and Baystate Medical Center. Additionally, active collaborations exist between biostatistics faculty and the UN, WHO, CDC, and other governmental agencies and academic institutions in the US and internationally.   The Department is also actively engaged in its teaching mission.  We teach approximately 50 courses a year, to approximately 500 undergraduate majors in public health, 35 graduate students in biostatistics, and 40 graduate students in epidemiology.

Job Description:

The Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology in School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (www.umass.edu/sphhs/) is seeking applicants for a Lecturer to work with a dynamic and engaged faculty. Successful applicants will be doctoral level biostatisticians or epidemiologists, or equivalent, with demonstrated expertise in teaching introductory and intermediate biostatistics and epidemiology.  Teaching responsibilities will include both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Courses may include an undergraduate-level capstone course, graduate-level introductory biostatistics, introduction to epidemiology and selected electives, the latter determined in consultation with our Curriculum Committee.  Additional position responsibilities will include student advising, university service, and professional development.



Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, ScD) in biostatistics, epidemiology, or closely related field of study;
  • Evidence of college level or university level teaching experience (or strong potential);
  • Record of success in modern pedagogical approaches (e.g. flipped classroom, experiential learning, team-based learning);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in R, SAS, and/or Stata.

Additional Information:

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. The University seeks to increase the diversity of its professoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate student populations because broad diversity is critical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, educational access and service in an increasingly diverse globalized society. Therefore, in holistically assessing many qualifications of each applicant of any race or gender we would factor favorably an individual’s record of conduct that includes students or colleagues with broad, diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Among other qualifications, we would also factor favorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career or degree.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should apply through PageUp, here: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/495444/lecturer-u-of-m  by submitting their curriculum vitae, teaching statement, and the names of three references.  The application review process will begin October 22, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The earliest anticipated start date is January 22, 2019.

For questions concerning the search process, please contact Ms. Deborah Osowski, Biostatistics Search Committee, 415 Arnold House, 715 North Pleasant Street, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9304; phone: (413)-545-4603; email: dosowski@schoolph.umass.edu

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