About Us

The Department of Biostatistics, founded in 2003, is home to more than 40 nationally recognized faculty members and more than 55 staff, including biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, data scientists, and application developers. Department members participate in methodological research, with collaborative efforts ranging from basic science to translational and clinical research, asking big data questions across a variety of domains. Current faculty include thought leaders in contemporary clinical trial design, monitoring approaches, and reporting, as well as biomarker discovery, validation, and application.

The Department places a strong emphasis on continuing education and professional development. Department faculty members are expected to be at the forefront of biomedical research and leaders in the biomedical field.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a top-ranked medical center located in Nashville, Tennessee - a vibrant, engaging city known proudly as Music City USA. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ranks in the top 20 among the nation's elite programs, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of top medical schools for research, released in the 2021 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools

Research Track Faculty Positions

The Department of Biostatistics is seeking to fill two open-rank faculty positions on the research track (non-tenure): one primarily focused on Clinical and Translational Science and the other on Cancer Biostatistics. Applicants must be enthusiastic about interdisciplinary collaborative research, clinical trial and data coordinating center operations, and applied biostatistics. We particularly encourage those with experience in general biostatistical collaboration to apply. Successful candidates will join a team that is highly motivated to apply contemporary biostatistical methods to modern clinical trials, biomarker validation studies, and single-center observational studies. A portion of the effort for the clinical and translational science position will be devoted to data coordinating center operations on multicenter studies, while a portion of the effort for the Cancer Biostatistics position will be devoted to developing a methodology for performing analyses of high-dimensional datasets, including single-cell transcriptomics, proteogenomic, immunogenomic, epigenomic, and cytometric data. Common to all projects is a commitment to rigor and reproducibility. 

Both positions offer a rich environment for collaborative research, opportunities for leading data coordinating center activities, and close interactions with staff biostatisticians and with Ph.D. and M.S. students.

Position Qualifications

Candidates should have a doctoral degree (or equivalent experience) in biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, or another quantitative field.

Application Instructions

Please submit to biostatistics@vumc.org the following:

  • a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position
  • a research statement
  • a teaching statement (optional)
  • a CV with contact information for at least three references 

In your cover letter, please also include a diversity statement that describes efforts to encourage equity, diversity, and inclusion (past, present, and/or anticipated future) in research, mentoring, teaching, and community outreach.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Department of Biostatistics welcome and encourage applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented in our discipline, including women and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. The Medical Center and Department are also supportive of the needs of dual-career couples.

Staff Positions

If you are interested in a staff position, please click on the link below to apply.

Analytical Staff (contact Qi Liu, qi.liu@vumc.org):  

Biostatistics Staff (contact Amy Perkins, amy.perkins@vumc.org, and Meng Xu, meng.xu@vumc.org):

IT Staff (contact Shawn Garbett, shawn.garbett@vumc.org): 


Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you are interested in a postdoctoral fellow position, please contact Jenny Jones at jenny.l.jones@vumc.org and provide a copy of your CV.