DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & BIOSTATISTICS

Non-Classified Positions

DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & BIOSTATISTICS (DEB)

Assistant/Associate Biostatistician Faculty

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) seeks two experienced, doctorate-level faculty biostatistician for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Candidates are expected to have expertise in longitudinal data, survival analysis, methods for large healthcare databases, statistical genomics applied to clinical outcomes, or clinical trial design. These positions provide an opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team as well as to lead independent methodological research in a setting with access to a large, ethnically diverse population. The UTHSCSA is situated in the dynamic city of San Antonio; a wonderful place to live and work that is rich with both culture and history.

The DEB at UTHSCSA has 20 full-time faculty and 46 staff with a number of additional affiliate faculty. Research interests of the faculty include translational science, clinical- and population-based investigation, the application of epidemiological and biostatistical principles to clinical problem solving, formulation of health policy, and the development of new epidemiological and statistical methods for clinical trial design, analysis of “Big Data”, clinical decision support systems, and statistical genomics.

The mission of the DEB is to develop and enhance population-based, clinical and translational research in clinical and community settings, to develop epidemiologic, biostatistical and medical informatics resources, and to promote the educational mission of the School of Medicine by teaching epidemiology, biostatistics, and critical appraisal of the medical literature to students, house-staff, and faculty. The DEB is also the home of the Biostatistics and Informatics Core which includes faculty and Masters trained researchers who serve the UTHSCSA, along with public, community, and private health entities by providing data management, biostatistical and epidemiological support for projects and programs that involve clinical or health data.

The DEB plays an integral role in UTHSCSA's research and educational missions by enhancing the programs to prevent disease, to promote health, to deliver quality health care, and to inform health policy decisions. Depending on the research interests of the selected candidate, there are opportunities to collaborate with colleagues within the medical, nursing, and dental schools as well as other health sciences departments. For candidates interested in cancer research, there are research opportunities with the Cancer Therapy Research Center (CTRC), one of four NCI-designated Cancer Centers in Texas and the only NCI designated center in South Texas. The Department also has strong research and educational collaborations with the San Antonio Regional Campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health.

These positions are tenure-track and a 12-month appointment. Appointments are open rank (Assistant or Associate level). Preference will be given to someone with a demonstrated ability to both collaborate on multidisciplinary research teams and to successfully lead their own research program. Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in Biostatistics or Statistics, excellent communication skills, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  Information about the DEB is available here: http://deb.uthscsa.edu/. For full consideration applicants should send electronically or via mail: 1) a cover letter stating career goals and the relevance of the candidate’s training and experience to the position; 2) a current CV; 3) a personal statement describing the candidate’s research plan and teaching experience; and 4) names and contact information of three references to gelfondjal@uthscsa.edu or by mail to:  Jonathan Gelfond, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Biostatistics Search Committee Chair, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr.--MSC 7933, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900.

All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

Assistant Professor/Research Faculty in Bioinformatics

Candidates are invited to apply for this faculty position in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A research faculty position is available at the rank of assistant professor level.

SUMMARY
This position of bioinformatics faculty with a primary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Medicine, will have overall responsibility for strengthening our collaborative research and direct a competitive bioinformatics service program. The candidate will apply bioinformatics techniques to analyze the next-generation sequencing, microarrays and other high-throughput profiling data to gain insights into the biology of diverse organisms with an emphasis on cancer research. Candidate will also manage a service component of our next-generation sequencing facility. The bioinformatics faculty will promote the development of interdisciplinary bioinformatics research in translational, clinical and community settings, and provide oversight and guidance to research staff and post-graduate student to conduct independent research.

The successful candidate will join an energetic team of researchers in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI). The interdisciplinary environment of DEB and GCCRI is ideal for quantitative science, statistical, and bioinformatics advances for an early career research faculty. GCCRI is part of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, an NCI-designated Cancer Center at South Texas that facilitates interdisciplinary research and breakthrough discoveries to advance human health. The next-generation sequencing facility and computational research facility at GCCRI has become a hub of collaborative research at UTHSCSA.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Perform a combination, but not necessarily all, of the following duties:

  • Direct the bioinformatics research program for the next-generation genome sequencing facility;
  • Provide management for bioinformatics services and collaborations within UTHSCSA, regional and national bioinformatics efforts and initiatives;
  • Analyze genome-wide high-throughput data, such as data from gene expression, DNA mutation, and epigenetics studies;
  • Provide and develop educational contents for the next-generation sequencing techniques in cancer and medical applications;
  • Pursue the development or adoption of new bioinformatics technologies in areas such as basic research, cancer research, and clinical/translational research;
  • Participate in extramurally-funded research in bioinformatics; provide planning, management and consultation to bioinformatics-related collaborative research programs and proposals;
  • EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Candidates must have a PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD and 2-year post doctorial experience in bioinformatics and next-generation sequencing data analysis.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    Candidate must have a minimum of one year of post-doctorial research or equivalent experience in an academic setting. A successful candidate is expected to have broad experience in next-generation sequencing data analysis spanning gene discovery, gene expression and regulation, sequence alignment, and homology detection, with scientific achievement demonstrated by journal publications, preferably with a focus on genome-wide profiling analysis, and proficiency in R, MATLAB, or Perl/Python programming in a Linux environment. Candidate shall demonstrate excellent communication skills, the ability to perform self-directed bioinformatics research, and excellent collaborative skills with unrelenting enthusiasm for genomic science. Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in obtaining extramural funding in the computational biology and bioinformatics area.

    WORKING CONDITIONS
    Work is performed in an office environment. The position requires occasional travel to attend professional and grant meetings, as well as meetings for the University of Texas System.

    Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, at least three letters of reference, and a letter describing their background, research interests, and relevant experience to:

    Elizabeth A. Rolling
    Project Coordinator
    Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    7703 Floyd Curl, MSC 7933
    San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900

    All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

    Senior Epidemiologist

    We seek an experienced Epidemiologist for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). We encourage applications from candidates who have demonstrated skills in epidemiological research with a special interest in cancer control to community intervention trials to molecular and genetic studies, a strong record of extramural funding, robust interpersonal skills, an interest in working with faculty researchers, and dedication to positioning the Department at the pinnacle of the profession while advancing the missions of our thriving academic institution and cancer center.

    The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is located on UTHSCSA’s main campus near its medical, dental, and nursing schools in the heart of South Texas Medical Center, 900 acres of medical-related institutions in San Antonio that employ 28,000 people with a $3.3 billion budget. The Department has 20 full-time faculty (with additional affiliate faculty and 46 support staff) with expertise in translational scientific discovery, clinical- and population-based investigation, applying epidemiological and biostatistical principles to clinical problem-solving and health services organizational management, formulation of health policy, and developing epidemiological and biostatistical research methods. The mission of the Department is to: develop and enhance population-based, clinical and translational research in clinical and community settings; develop epidemiologic, biostatistical and medical informatics resources to enhance UTHSCSA researchers’ ability to conduct novel research, promote health, deliver quality health care, and inform health policy decisions; and promote epidemiology and biostatistical education for all UTHSCSA medical students and staff.

    The Department has close research and education collaborations with the San Antonio Campus of The UT School of Public Health and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at UTHSCSA, the only NCI-designated center in South Texas, serving a multiethnic population of 4 million people in a 45,970-square-mile region. The CTRC is building on its strong reputation as a leader in population research, integrated multidisciplinary science and care, and translation of research findings into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer while improving the quality of life of cancer survivors. CTRC’s 77 researchers have more than $29 million in extramural research funding and have a broad range of basic, clinical, and population science expertise in three research programs (Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Cancer Development and Progression, and Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics) that utilize eight shared resource facilities to reduce the cancer burden in our area.

    The successful applicant must have an MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree and a demonstrated track record of research productivity in epidemiological and population studies, potential for successful extramural funding as evidenced by peer-reviewed funding and publications, and effective leadership skills. We expect that the appointment will be at the level of Associate or Full Professor, tenure track. The successful candidate will have opportunities to apply for additional support funds from a number of funding mechanisms administered by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. Information about the Department is available here: http://ceb.uthscsa.edu/. For full consideration please email a cover letter detailing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, an overview of current and future research plans (1-2 pages), and contact information for three references to Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, Professor and Chair Ad Interim of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UTHSCSA, and Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Health Disparities at CTRC at rolling@uthscsa.edu.

    INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH (IHPR)

    Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Cancer Prevention and Population Science

    The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine is recruiting for two faculty positions at the title and rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor on the tenure track with a research interest in any of the following areas:

    • Cancer Population Science
    • Cancer Health Disparities
    • Cancer Epidemiology
    • Behavioral Oncology

    Successful candidates will join the CTRC’s cancer-prevention efforts with a particular emphasis on cancers that commonly or disproportionately affect the population of San Antonio and South Texas and will join the CTRC’s Population Science and Prevention Program, which has 26 members with more than $7.3M in peer-reviewed funding. We are seeking independent investigators with expertise in identifying genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that increase cancer risk and disparities; design and implementation of interventions affecting cancer risk and outcomes, particularly for our unique population; and the movement of findings in risk assessment and intervention into clinical practice. The CTRC at UTHSCSA is one of four National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in Texas and the only NCI designated center in South Texas, serving a region of 45,970 square miles (over 4 million people) including a large, multiethnic population. The CTRC is committed to integrated multidisciplinary research and care, and the translation of research findings into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer while improving the quality of life of cancer survivors. The 77 CTRC researchers have more than $33.6M in extramural research funding and have a broad range of basic, clinical, and population science expertise. The CTRC's three research programs of Cancer Development and Progression, Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics, and Population Science and Prevention along with a group of developing programs are supported by eight shared core facilities. The CTRC is celebrating its 40th year as a cancer center in 2014 and has exceptional support from a fast-growing and committed community.


    The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has 18 full-time faculty members with research interests including translational scientific discovery, clinical- and population-based investigation, the application of epidemiological and biostatistical principles to clinical problem solving, formulation of health policy, and application to health services organizational management, as well as the development of epidemiological and biostatistical research methods. The mission of the Department is to develop and enhance population-based, clinical and translational research in clinical and community settings, to develop epidemiologic, biostatistical, and medical informatics resources, and to promote the educational mission of the School of Medicine by teaching epidemiology, biostatistics and critical appraisal of the medical literature to students, house-staff, and faculty. The Department plays an integral role in UTHSCSA's research and educational missions by enhancing programs to prevent disease, promote health, deliver quality health care, and inform health policy decisions.


    Candidates with a track record in population science and a cancer-related focus are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant should hold an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent degree and have a demonstrated track record of research productivity related to cancer prevention and control, a strong publication record and extramural peer-reviewed funding commensurate with the level of the faculty position applied for. Experience in obtaining multi-investigator research grants is desirable. Candidates with an interest in cancer disparities, prevention, early detection, treatment access, communications, and survivorship are encouraged to apply. Significant institutional support including a competitive compensation package, startup funds, and modern laboratory space and facilities will be provided. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to apply for additional support funds from a number of funding mechanisms administered by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/funding-opportunities/). Applicants must be eligible to legally work in the U.S.


    Applications are currently being received and will continue until the position is filled. All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and an overview of current and future research plans (1-2 pages) to varnerl@uthscsa.edu or by mail to:


    Please address cover letter, CV, and overview of future research plans to:

    • Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez
    • Chair ad Interim, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Health Disparities
    • Cancer Therapy and Research Center
    • c/o: Ms. Lori Moctezuma
    • Office of the Director
    • 7979 Wurzbach Rd.
    • San Antonio, TX 78229

    All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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