Assistant Professor - Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology at University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts

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Job Description:

Job no: 516022

Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department: Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Union: MSP

Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology is a highly collaborative group of 23 faculty researchers and lecturers (10 Biostatisticians and 13 Epidemiologists). The Epidemiology program fosters a unique environment in which practical involvement in transdisciplinary research collaborations enhance learning, and are involved in multiple avenues of research, including community-based research, women's health issues, physical activity, nutrition and biomarkers.

About the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS)

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences is a model for translational research; it houses 275,000 ft2 of cutting-edge facilities that focus on basic and translational aspects of human health. IALS aims to transform life science discoveries into candidate products and services in collaboration with industry to improve human health and well-being and extends specific identified research strengths at UMass through its three centers: Center for Bioactive Delivery, Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, and the Models to Medicine Center.

Job Description

The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst are seeking a tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology. The successful applicant will be a member of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a part of the Institute of Applied Life Sciences, an interdisciplinary translational catalyst on campus that also manages a diverse array of centralized core equipment facilities.

Candidates will be expected to develop their own research program and engage in collaborative research. Requirements include demonstrated potential to develop an extramurally funded research program in epidemiology and excellent teaching skills. Successful applicants will be dynamic, collaborative researchers, whose methodological work is inspired by pressing problems in public health. Preference will be given to candidates who can articulate plans for an externally-fundable program of research compatible with the unique intellectual and physical resources of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, such as the use of core facilities and collaboratory spaces. Tenure-­track positions at the University of Massachusetts receive nine months of committed salary support.

Responsibilities will include research, teaching (at the undergraduate and graduate levels), advising graduate students, and departmental and University service.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A PhD or ScD in infectious disease epidemiology or closely related field of study.

  • Evidence of independent and collaborative research potential.

  • Strong record of peer-­reviewed publication given career stage.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching and advising at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • In addition, preference will be given to candidates possessing excellent potential for securing federal research funding.

Additional Information

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

The earliest anticipated start date if January 25, 2023.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is invested in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment. Please see more information about our efforts here: We highly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Biomedical Engineering to apply.

Application Instructions

Along with the application, please submit the following materials:

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • A cover letter, clearly indicating how your research interests, experience, and future goals contribute to the mission of the department and IALS.

  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, relevant experience, and what undergraduate and graduate courses you might offer or develop.

  • A statement about equity, diversity and inclusion as they relate to the faculty role in teaching, research and/or service. Specifically, the search committee is looking for indicators of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the different ways this might be demonstrated, such as in research and scholarship, teaching, mentorship, service and engagement, skill building and personal growth, and personal background experiences.

  • The contact information for three (3) professional references.

  • The application review process will begin October 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions concerning the search process, please contact Ms. Deborah Osowski at

    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. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University's goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

    Advertised: Oct 6 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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