Mathematics & Statistics, University of Calgary

Position ID: 1188-ASSTPROF [#11597]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, University of Calgary
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada [map]
Subject Area: Biostatistics
Application Deadline: 2018/02/09 finished (2018/01/08, finished 2018/02/12, listed until 2018/02/09)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Biostatistics with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

Candidates must have a PhD in biostatistics/statistics or a closely related field and have a proven record of research excellence in biostatistical analysis, methodology development, and computation. A focus on the statistical analysis and computing of complex data from human, animal, and health/biomedical research and clinical work is required. Post-doctoral experience, experiences with teaching at the university level and supervision of research are required.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary and inter-Faculty team of statisticians, biologists, medical researchers and investigators in veterinary medicine studying models and clinical realities of human and animal disease. Peer-reviewed external funding is expected to be sustained throughout the appointment, and industrial partnerships are strongly encouraged where appropriate. The position includes both teaching and research responsibilities, and will include expectations to recruit and supervise graduate students. Candidates must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The candidate is expected to contribute to the biostatistics program and new data science initiative at the University to complement Department expertise at both undergraduate and graduate levels. This position helps the Faculty advance the grand challenges and research platforms arising from the new strategic plan and the University meet its renewed Eyes High goals. The salary offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and an attractive start-up package is available.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop a vigorous and independent research program within a dynamic and collaborative environment in the Department. The Department has established expertise in statistical research and is enthusiastically developing links with the biomedical research and data science groups in the Faculty of Science, the Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University, surrounding research communities and industry. The Department offers a vibrant research environment and the statistical faculty members in the Department excel in both research theory and methods as well as interdisciplinary collaborative work. The faculty’s current research areas are broad and support three graduate programs in statistics, biostatistics and actuarial science. The Department is co-creating programs in data science and analytics with the Department of Computer Science.

The faculty’s current research areas include actuarial science, causal inference, Bayesian methods, biostatistics, big data analytics, empirical likelihood, extreme-value analysis, infectious disease modeling, lifetime data analysis, methods for high-dimensional data, non-parametric methods, pseudo and composite likelihood methods, semiparametric and nonparametric models, statistical learning and data mining. The Department is home to the Research Group in Biostatistics (RGB), which is a diverse and active group that includes researchers and students with methodological and applied interests in the medical, health, biological, and social sciences. The University of Calgary offers graduate Biostatistics research training opportunities run jointly by the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science) and Community Health Sciences (Cumming School of Medicine). This graduate training is offered at both the PhD and MSc Thesis levels, available as an interdisciplinary specialization in Biostatistics. The University of Calgary, jointly with the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, was recently awarded the status of a Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute Health Science Collaborating Centre (CANSSI – HSCC). An initiative, entitled the Rocky Mountain Data Science Centre (RMDSC), offers excellent Biostatistics graduate students the chance of paid four or eight month internships, working in governmental, industrial and academic environments. Calgary, one of Canada’s fastest growing major cities, offers a vibrant, multicultural and family-oriented environment with a population of more than 1.2 million. This makes Calgary one of the largest cities in Canada, the 20th largest city in North America and one of the most livable cities in the world. According to the rankings of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for an annual Global Livability Ranking, Calgary is ranked the 5th in 2017 in terms of the urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Situated near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Calgary offers exceptional quality of life and outstanding recreational activities. Interested candidates should submit by email a single PDF file containing a cover letter containing details about the Canadian Residency status, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, teaching philosophy statement, contact information of three referees to by February 9, 2018, or mail to

The Search Committee Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta CANADA T2N 1N4.

The review of applications will begin on February 9, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

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