Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public and Community Health Sciences



The School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SPCHS) at the University of Montana, Missoula invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Biostatistics . The position is part of a strategic hire opportunity supported by our Center for Population Health Research. The ideal candidate will be well prepared to develop an independently-funded research program. Areas of interest include biostatistics, health informatics, environmental health, clinical trials, data visualization and machine learning, data science, or any health-related, data-driven discipline. The successful applicant will also have an opportunity to teach classes within our undergraduate, masters, and/or PhD-level classes within the SPCHS.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Assistant Professor and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications.


Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Ph.D. in biostatistics, statistics or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
  • Strong record of research and publication history
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience in human public health research
  • Proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both orally and in writing) to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
  • Ability to maintain a safe working and learning environment
  • Ability to achieve project goals on time and within budget
  • Expertise with standard database and statistical software packages




About the Center for Population Health Research, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, UM and Missoula

The Center for Population Heath Research is a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) funded by the National Institutes of Health and hosts an interdisciplinary, collaborative group of investigators focused on improving health with an emphasis on rural and children’s health. Investigators supported through CPHR engage in a variety of public health research topics and approaches, including epidemiology, mathematical modeling, exposure science, behavioral health and vaccine research. The Center includes two research support cores. The Data and Modeling Core provides capture and management of sensitive data, biostatistical and mathematical modeling approaches and the high-performance computational resources required to develop and apply these modeling approaches. The Intervention Support Core provides researchers with the quantitative (e.g., survey development) and qualitative (e.g., focus group) stakeholder input to inform next research steps and translation of findings to thoughtful and testable intervention strategies. In this way, we provide expert support to Center investigators for building future mixed methods intervention research.

The School of Public and Community Health Sciences (SPCHS) at the University of Montana is home to a diverse and highly interactive faculty, hosting undergraduate and graduate (MPH/PhD) programs. The SPCHS is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and is the only accredited public health program in the state of Montana, and one of only a few in the Northern Rocky Region. We currently have 11 core faculty, with another 28 program and practitioner faculty affiliated with our School. Nearly two hundred students are enrolled in our academic offerings, making our School one of the fastest growing programs on campus. The SPCHS also has a heavy research focus, with faculty members and students engaged in research programs related to both domestic and international public health concerns.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.



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Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference - Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References - *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing - Individual hiring departments at UM-M may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility - All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: March 29, 2021

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after the date above and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date autumn 2021.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required qualifications for the position
  • Detailed curriculum Vitae listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of research


For further information on this position, the school and the center, please contact Dr. Curtis Noonan directly at curtis.noonan@umontana.edu .

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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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