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University of Utah Assistant or Associate Professor, Cancer Biostatistics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position/Rank Assistant or Associate Professor, Cancer Biostatistics

Department 01721 - PHS - BIOSTATISTICS

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Track Dependent on Qualifications

New Position to Begin


The Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Health Sciences ( PHS ), and Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) at the University of Utah, invite applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor-level. We are seeking candidates who will collaborate with cancer researchers, support and develop grant proposals, teach in the Biostatistics PhD program, advise graduate students, and perform independent/collaborative methodological research. We are particularly interested in candidates who possess the research skills and experience required to successfully assume or grow into leadership roles in multi-disciplinary research teams within the institution and in national/international research networks. The candidate should have substantive interest and experience in cancer research as well as one or more of the following areas: omics, microbiome, social/behavioral sciences, or outcomes research . A significant emphasis of this faculty position will be collaborations with cancer researchers in laboratory, clinical, and population sciences, as well as independent scholarship focused on development of cancer-related biostatistical methods. We seek a candidate who shares our commitment to health equity, and who will work to ensure diversity and inclusion in their research team. Applicants from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, DPhil, or equivalent) prior to starting the position, and have demonstrated excellence in methodological and collaborative cancer-related research.

Candidates should submit (1) curriculum vitae; (2) cover letter containing a description of professional experience (including scientific accomplishments, leadership roles and 3 references); (3) 3-page research plan; (4) 1-page teaching statement; (5) exemplar articles (published or unpublished) that highlight expertise in biostatistics; and (6) 1-page statement of commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion ( EDI ) that addresses (a) how you have demonstrated commitment to EDI in academic or other settings? and (b) how you see yourself contributing to the advancement of EDI within our department?

In PHS , we view EDI as central to achieving excellence in our research, teaching and service to the community. The University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) are Equal Opportunity Employers committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture. Learn more about the University of Utah and HCI’s commitments at and

Applications will be accepted and evaluated continuously until the position is filled or closed; start date is flexible. Cover Letter may be addressed to: Ken Boucher, PhD and Ben Haaland, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-5550

About the Department, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University of Utah

The Department of Population Health Sciences aims to drive health care transformation to improve the well-being of the population. We provide methodological expertise and infrastructure to advance capacity for impact-driven research and support clinical professionals in providing better patient and population-oriented care in an increasingly complex health care delivery system. Through our research, education, and community engagement activities, we promote patient-centered health care and the delivery of evidence-based health innovations that improve population health and reduce health disparities within our community. Through high impact research, we strive to contribute to a world where all individuals—regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexuality—have the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. The department is highly interdisciplinary, collaborative, and innovative, and we seek faculty who will thrive in this environment. The Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Health Sciences provides an academic home for the conduct of methodological research and graduate level teaching in biostatistics.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is a National Cancer Institute ( NCI )-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. HCI is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network ( NCCN ), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. The University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute is home to exceptional genetic epidemiologic resources, including the Utah Population Database, with >9 million records, including extensive Utah genealogy records linked to the Utah SEER Cancer Registry, as well as health records from the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics, links to statewide cancer and other statewide health record database resources. The University’s excellent genomics resources and biospecimen repository, as well as a strong research informatics core, enable outstanding research in genetic and molecular epidemiology. The Cancer Biostatistics Shared Resource provides state-of-the-art biostatistics and research design support to clinical, translational, laboratory, and population sciences investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Cancer Biostatistics provides expertise for cancer researchers, from formulation of research objectives to study design, along with analysis, development of novel methods, interpretation, and dissemination of results.

Work Environment

The University of Utah is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education, and offers an exceptional research and teaching environment. The university is located in Salt Lake City, which has been named one of the top 10 mid-sized American cities. The city is a thriving hub for innovation and the arts. Salt Lake City is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, which offers ample opportunity for outdoor adventure, including nine ski resorts within an hour of campus. As a university, we are committed to supporting our faculty, staff and students to lead balanced lives, while achieving success in their professions. We aim to create a space that is safe and welcoming for all, and where all faculty, staff, and trainees are meaningfully engaged and have equal opportunity to succeed. Salt Lake City is a diverse and vibrant city with access to world class outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. Salt Lake City is 22% Latino and has the 7th highest proportion of LGBTQ residents among U.S. cities. The University of Utah is strongly committed to the training and mentoring of scientists that are underrepresented in science and medicine.

Required materials:

• a letter of interest (cover letter)

• a CV

• a research statement

• Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion ( EDI ) statement responding to any or all aspects of the following prompt:

In PHS we view EDI as central to achieving excellence in our research, teaching and service to the community. How have you demonstrated your commitment to EDI in academic or other settings? How do you see yourself contributing to the advancement of EDI within our department?

• Exemplar publication or pre-pub that highlights expertise in biostatistics

Questions about the position can be directed to Ken Boucher ( and Ben Haaland ( ).

Quicklink for posting:

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Applications accepted continuously, with evaluations beginning end of July , until positions are filled or closed; start date is flexible. Cover Letter may be addressed to: Ken Boucher, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute, 2000 Circle of Hope Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-5550

Please include a cover letter and attach a list of 3 professional references.

You will also need to provide:

– Research statement

– Equity, Diversity, Inclusion statement

– Exemplar publication or pre-pub

Questions about the position can be directed to the search committee chairs, Ken Boucher ( and Ben Haaland ( ).

Open Date 07/12/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN02686F

Type Faculty