Professor and Chair of Biostatistics
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
United States

Professor and Chair of Biostatistics

Appointment Type Admin Appointment with Faculty Rank

Full-time/Part-time Full Time

Vacancy ID FAC0003139

Posting Open Date 02/13/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Proposed Start Date 09/01/2020

Position Summary

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics. The Department of Biostatistics is internationally recognized as a leader in Biostatistics research and training. It is one of seven departments in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and was founded in 1949 with the mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. This mission is accomplished through the interaction of teaching, research and service. Major research strengths include: genomics and statistical genetics, survival analysis, analyses relevant to environmental health, precision health, machine learning/artificial intelligence, imaging, longitudinal data, and semiparametric inference, among other areas. The Department of Biostatistics has advanced a major teaching and research initiative in data science in recent years. The department has NIH training grants in genomics, imaging, environmental health, and Big data. In the US News & World Report, the department is ranked #4 in the US and ranks 1st in NIH funding. Biostatistics was 4th among all departments and centers across campus in research funding at UNC Chapel Hill for fiscal year 2019, with $47M sponsored research awards to faculty. The Department ( consists of 18 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 15 fixed-term faculty, 7 joint faculty, 73 permanent staff members and 49 temporary employees. As part of its mission to solve public health problems, the Department of Biostatistics houses the highly successful Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) and the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL). The Department has 125 doctoral students, 59 master’s students, and 51 undergraduate students

Educational Requirements

Earned Doctorate in appropriate field.

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate must be eligible for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure and have an outstanding publication and funding record as well as an international reputation in biostatistics. She or he must have a demonstrated commitment to: professional and public service, interdisciplinary collaboration, promotion of diversity and inclusion, mentoring and teaching 21st century learners. The candidate should be an innovator with demonstrated leadership, communication and administrative abilities who can help the department articulate its mission and promote strategies to achieve that mission. The applicant should have a proven ability to think and lead strategically, and to balance multiple priorities, assist with development activities and manage the finances and human resources of our large, dynamic and diverse department. Candidates should also be prepared to serve as a leader in the School and to collaborate across the School and University with other department and senior leaders.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

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Department Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Linda Mitchell
Department Contact Telephone or Email 919-966-7831

Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919) 962-1092 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents
  • Supplemental Questions
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