Assistant professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure track biostatistics faculty position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine. The research area is focused on biostatistical methods for population and public health, clinical, or health services research.

Other responsibilities will include serving as the director of the Clinical Research Support Unit (CRSU), graduate level teaching and supervision of graduate student and post-doctoral research projects within the department, and in a biostatistics graduate program jointly offered with the department of Math and Statistics and the School of Public Health. Participation in relevant administrative activities, committee work, public and professional service appropriate to rank are also expected.

The Department (
The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology is a dynamic, cohesive academic department comprising 18 faculty and 34 associates and adjuncts. We have active graduate programs and make a vital contribution to the undergraduate education of medical and health sciences students, and postgraduate education with the Public Health and Preventative Medicine Residency Program.

Housed within the department, the CRSU offers multi-faceted research assistance to all faculty members, residents, students, and researchers within the College of Medicine. Investigators across the clinical, biomedical, and population health sciences can access support for study design, sample size/power calculation, data management, analysis, and manuscript revision. Some qualitative research support is also available. The CRSU offers workshops and 1 credit unit short courses on the use of software (e.g. SAS, NVivo) to support quantitative and qualitative data analysis as well as research data management.

Areas of current research excellence in the department include child health, Indigenous peoples’ health, global health, environmental health, social epidemiology, health inequities, biostatistical applications to chronic disease, public health practice, and knowledge exchange. An emphasis on health equity, social justice, and community engagement underpins all our work. We have strong relationships with diverse community-based organizations and government agencies and partner with research units such as the Saskatchewan Population Health Research and Evaluation Unit, the Public Health Observatory (SHA), the Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health, and the Community-University Institute for Social Research.

The College of Medicine (
The College of Medicine is the provincial medical school with 400 medical students, 450 residents, and over 1800 medical faculty.
Vision – We are leaders in improving the health and well-being of the people of Saskatchewan and the world.
Mission – As a socially accountable organization, we improve health through innovative and interdisciplinary research and education, leadership, community engagement, and the development of culturally competent, skilled clinicians and scientists. Collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous peoples and communities are central to our mission.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Saskatoon has a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community with a world class art museum, and a wide range of seasonal leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full spectrum of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 26,000. The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced.

Applicants must have completed a PhD in Biostatistics or equivalent discipline. Applicants with experience in Machine Learning, Bayesian Statistics, Artificial Intelligence, or Longitudinal Data Analysis are especially invited to apply. Post-doctoral experience in areas of application such as biostatistical methods for population and public health, clinical or health services research relevant to this posting would be considered an asset. A record of research excellence will be reflected in the number and quality of peer-reviewed publications and demonstration of potential to attract external research funding, and development of libraries or packages for statistical analyses. Candidates must have strong interpersonal, leadership, communication, and engagement skills, and capacity to create and sustain partnerships with diverse stakeholders.

The current salary band for Assistant Professor is $ 99,945-120,099.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long-term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit, via email, a cover letter; detailed curriculum vitae; teaching portfolio; and contact information for three references in support of your application to:

Dr. Sylvia Abonyi, Department Head
Community Health & Epidemiology
Health Sciences Building, E Wing, Rm 3252
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK, Canada S7N 5E5
FAX: (306) 966-7920
Email: [email protected]

Review of applications will begin June 3rd, 2024; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Proposed date is September 1st, 2024.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We ask candidates to indicate whether they are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or are otherwise already authorized to work at this position for the duration of the appointment, with an explanation if this last category is indicated.
We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin taapwaywin tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation.

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