Founding Chair - Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
United States Washington DC


The Milken Institute School of Public Health is seeking a tenured faculty member as Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. We seek a dynamic and visionary individual to oversee the transition of biostatistical educational and research activities, currently located in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, into a new department with an innovative curriculum and cutting-edge scholarship. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape the vision of and provide leadership to the development of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

Core responsibilities of the position will be to provide visionary academic leadership of the new Department, including curriculum development, budgeting, hiring and evaluation of faculty, assessment of the academic program as well as expansion of partnerships with other departments within the University to provide innovative and integrated educational experiences for all students. The Chair must be committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion in our students, staff and faculty. The position requires scientific leadership and experience.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health has a diverse and growing faculty, with a $90 million research portfolio. As the only school of public health in the nation’s capital, faculty and students have a unique opportunity to work closely with government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the numerous non-governmental organizations that are headquartered in DC.


We seek applicants with a doctorate in biostatistics, statistics, bioinformatics, health data science or a related field with strong written and oral communication skills; an established program of research; and a strong national or international reputation supported by a significant record of developing innovative statistical, data analytics or biostatistical methods. Applicants should also have a solid pedagogical record in one or more areas of teaching, advising, or mentoring and a demonstrated commitment to public health.

Start date

August 01, 2019

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Applicants should complete the online faculty application at and submit the following documents: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) letter of interest; and, 3) statement of qualifications. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on 1/18/2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.


Keith Crandall