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3 positions in Biostatistics and Data Science
American University of Beirut

Date Posted Apr. 25, 2018
Title 3 positions in Biostatistics and Data Science
University American University of Beirut
Department Faculty of Health Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 15, 2018
  • Beirut
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology
    Health Sciences - General

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut has ambitious goals to expand its teaching and research programs in biostatistics, epidemiology, and data science and seeks to recruit three dynamic scholars to support its Center for Research on Population and Health and its new Master’s in Biostatistics, and PhD in Epidemiology programs.

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (EPHD) is in the process of developing and launching a Master’s Program in Biostatistics and is seeking to recruit TWO tenure-track faculty members to this new program with a doctoral degree in Biostatistics at the ranks of assistant, associate or full professor, according to qualifications. As part of its Graduate Public Health Program (GPHP), FHS offers an MPH program in three concentrations and two MS degrees. The GPHP has been accredited by the US Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2006. The Department currently offers an MS in Epidemiology and hosts an MPH concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and contributes to teaching in undergraduate programs at FHS and public health teaching in the Faculty of Medicine. The Department will also be launching its PhD in Epidemiology in the fall of AY 2018-19.

Candidates are expected to have a methodological line of biostatistical research evidenced by peer-reviewed published articles in biostatistics journals, and to have experience in collaborative research or the ability to develop collaboration with other biostatisticians, public health or biomedical professionals. Successful candidates should be qualified to mentor MS theses in biostatistics, be proficient in SAS, and qualified to teach courses in the MS biostatistics program. These courses include but are not limited to theoretical foundations of statistics, survival data analysis, regression and ANOVA, generalized linear mixed models and analysis of high-throughput data. Candidates are also expected to contribute to teaching of biostatistics courses at the undergraduate and graduate programs offered at FHS, including the PhD in Epidemiology, as well as to teaching medical biostatistics courses at the Faculty of Medicine. The Department welcomes applicants whose research, teaching, and practice align with the missions of FHS and EPHD:

The Faculty’s Center for Research on Population and Health (CRPH) also seeks to recruit an Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor of Public Health Practice in Data Science to provide support to the Center and to FHS more generally. The Center supports research on issues at the intersection of population and health in Lebanon, the region, and internationally, and disseminates findings to scientists, policymakers, and the public. The Center has led a multi-disciplinary research program on a variety of regional public health issues. Members and affiliates combine expertise in particular public health issues with a concern for social determinants of health and how new evidence can contribute to policies and interventions to improve health. Further information on the Center can be found here.

The incumbent will oversee a portfolio of research projects at the Center in addition to contributing to the development of new research projects including large grant proposals at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Responsibilities will include:
1. Support and undertake high quality research, including contributing to drafting major grant proposals and/or leading on drafting small grant proposals;
2. Lead and manage the technical aspects of data management and data collection for a broad range of epidemiological studies including:
- Designing and maintaining databases;
- Devising and setting up data entry formats, including through electronic entry using tablets and other devices;
- Training of data managers and research assistants as necessary;
3. Identify data needs and support developments to improve systems in the short and longer term;
4. Respond to complex or sensitive data requests;
5. Develop databases and analyze datasets with appropriate methods to answer research questions;
6. Manage and supervise research staff and students in the development of outputs and statistical analysis;
7. Keep abreast of scientific literature on the development of guidelines for optimal data collection and data management;
8. Ensure compliance with Information Governance standards, including ethical, legal and technical obligations for protection of research subject information;
9. Contribute to peer-reviewed publications;
10. Contribute to the supervision of student research projects, as appropriate to qualifications and experience;
11. Develop a capacity building program for colleagues and stakeholders on data management and analysis, and support training activities at CRPH.

Candidates are expected to have a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics/Statistics, IT or discipline related to data science and at least 7 years of experience, or a PhD in Epidemiology, Biostatistics/Statistics, IT or discipline related to data science and at least 2 years of experience. Successful candidates will have strong organizational skills, a proven ability to problem-solve, and knowledge and experience in database creation, development and management. Experience of work in low and middle income countries, and in the design of epidemiological studies and/or writing grant proposals is preferred.

Interested candidates should submit their applications including a cover letter indicating the position they wish to be considered for, their research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees to Dean Iman Nuwayhid ( copied to Ms. Mona Katul ( Visiting positions at all levels may be considered. Review of applications will start on June 1, 2018 for a starting date of August 15, 2018 and will continue until the three positions are filled. The American University of Beirut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information

  • Ms. Mona Katul
    Dean's Office
    American University of Beirut


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