University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

368 18568
Position ID:UMASSMED-QHS-21068B [#18568]
Position Title: Open Rank (Instructor - Full Professor)
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, United States [map]
Subject Areas: research
Health Services Research
Big Data Analytics
Methodology
statistical analysis
Appl Deadline:2022/05/05 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/05/05)
Position Description:    

Open Rank Faculty Positions in the Division of Biostatistics and Health Services Research (Non-Tenure Track)

The Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School in Worcester, MA, is recruiting a faculty member at the Instructor to Full Professor level with responsibility to participate in collaborative research with the Department of Medicine. The academic department home will be PQHS (Division of Biostatistics and Health Services Research) with a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine and the core collaborating faculty and research setting will be with the Quantitative Methods Core (QMC) of PQHS. Rank will be determined based on applicants’ background and expertise.

The new faculty member would participate in research involving the new Program in Digital Medicine and thus would ideally have expertise designing and implementing statistical approaches to handling “big data” sets from electronic health records, wearable sensors, and smartphone applications. The Department of Medicine has several ongoing projects, including the RADx initiative, and NIH-funded studies that would benefit from this leadership. The Department also has plans to support a new Program in Human Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, so any expertise in computational biology and genetic analysis would be considered a major plus.

The faculty member would also participate to a lesser extent in the ongoing collaborative work of the Quantitative Methods Core, and in particular PQHS, in general. The QMC currently has eight full- and part-time faculty as well as fourteen 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.

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.

The position requires high-level skills in statistical analysis and research methodology including health services research methodology, testing statistical models of healthcare utilization and outcomes, methods of the analysis of “big data” in healthcare, analysis of electronic health record data, machine learning, and other data science and statistical techniques in support of large observational healthcare studies.

Applicants with interest and experience in collaborative research, as well as personal research interests in epidemiology, statistical methodology and/or bioinformatics, and analysis of studies involving multiple types and sources of health-related data, including genomic, biological, behavioral, digital, or epidemiologic are encouraged to apply. Faculty applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in biostatistics, computational biology, statistics, epidemiology, data science 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, and expertise in the design and analysis of studies.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, educational experience, diversity statement and contact information for three references to www.academicjobsonline.org.  Inquiries, but not application materials, may be directed to Sharina D. Person, PhD, Chair, Search Committee at sharina.person@umassmed.edu. Interested applicants may find out further details about the Department of Medicine at https://www.umassmed.edu/medicine/,  PQHS at http://www.umassmed.edu/pqhs, and about the QMC at http://www.umassmed.edu/pqhs/qmc. Position is open until filled.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, UMMS recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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https://www.umassmed.edu/medicine/ and http://www.umassmed.edu/pqhs
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508-856-2316
 
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