University of Alberta

Tenure-Track Position in Biostatistics

School of Public Health

Competition No.  -    A109132790
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The School of Public Health, University of Alberta, is seeking to fill a tenure-track position in the area of Biostatistics.  The appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level, however an outstanding candidate may be appointed at the Associate level.

The successful candidate will develop a biostatistics research program, spanning the development of new methods and application of existing methods to public health and biomedical research questions. This individual will have doctoral level training in biostatistics or statistics and will be responsible for teaching graduate courses in biostatistics. The applicant must have knowledge of public health, and actively interact with statisticians, epidemiologists, public health professionals, clinicians and other scientists across the university.  The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. Experience related to public health will be an asset.

The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Alberta is the first in Canada to earn full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health with a vision of becoming the leading school of public health in Canada. Our mission is to engage with partners to create knowledge, educate public health professionals and to advance the public’s health. With 270 graduate students in MPH, MSc and PhD programs; 34 core and over 100 affiliated faculty members and associated academic and research staff, SPH is committed to: (1) educating current and future public health leaders in research  methods and application of those methods in a practice setting, with an emphasis on critical thinking in an interdisciplinary environment (2) engaging in collaborations and partnerships to identify public health issues, and (3) disseminating and implementing effective public health research and practice. SPH is committed to engaged scholarship in public health that has direct or indirect benefit to society. Engaged scholarship is action-oriented, interdisciplinary and based on collaborative processes. Engaged scholarship cuts across research, teaching, and service activities. It values and includes in meaningful ways both knowledge users (e.g. scientists and decision makers in health related areas) and communities are affected by the issue addressed. For more information about the School please visit our web site at

The province of Alberta has a strong economy and the city of Edmonton is a vibrant multi-cultural centre with just over one million people that offers the benefits of an urban lifestyle combined with high-quality schools, excellent public transportation and ample opportunities for recreation.


  • Develops a strong research program in biostatistics (theoretical and applied) that will attract peer reviewed funding
  • Approaches scholarship from a theoretical framework with relevance to practice
  • Develops and teaches graduate courses that present a blend of theory and practice
  • Supervises thesis based graduate students
  • Advises MPH students in Applied Biostatistics, including field practicum and capstones activities

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Biostatistics, Statistics or relevant quantitative discipline
  • A track record of high quality outputs that demonstrate potential for independent research
  • A trajectory of research to indicate potential success in peer-reviewed grant applications
  • A demonstrated aptitude for teaching graduate courses in biostatistics, theoretical and applied research methods
  • Evidence of ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment and
  • Relevant post-doctoral experience; evidence of engaged scholarship is an asset

Applicants must submit a letter of application outlining their research, teaching, and public health experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, reprints of up to five of their most significant publications, a teaching dossier and the names of three potential referees. The selection committee will begin consideration of applicants on July 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  The start date for this position is January 2, 2018. 

Applications may be sent by email or mail to:

Academic Search Committee

Attention: Office of the Vice-Dean

School of Public Health
University of Alberta
3-300 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 1C9

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.