Associate Director of Clinical Trials Unit / Associate Professor

General Information:

The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan is seeking an experienced biostatistician to help lead the Statistical Analysis of Biomedical and Educational Research (SABER) group as Associate Director.  Begun in 1999, SABER is the data coordinating center (DCC) for several NIH-funded networks and multicenter trials and cohort studies.  The areas of application include pulmonology, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurology, rheumatology, and emergency medicine.  The current staff of 38 includes statisticians, database administrators, data managers, software developers, project managers, clinical monitors and research administrators.  

The Associate Director will be appointed as a senior faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics at the Associate or Full Professor level in research track. Rank will be commensurate with experience. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree.  The Associate Director will work closely with the SABER Director to effectively run the SABER unit by streamlining operations and budgets and implementing new ideas.  The Associate Director will collaborate with clinician-scientists to identify ideas for sponsored research, and on the submission of applications for their funding.  Generous salary and start-up support are available.  

Candidates must have substantial experience designing and leading large, multicenter clinical research network projects, involving clinical trials, cohort studies, or registries.  They must have experience working in cross-functional study teams, including those functions necessary for successful and innovative data coordinating centers, such as data management systems and operations, reporting for data monitoring committees, clinical research coordination and clinical monitoring, and quality control procedures.  They should have a track record of research in an area related to clinical trials or cohort studies, such as adaptive designs, methods for missing data, analytical procedures for causal inference, and statistical monitoring approaches.  In addition, successful candidates should have excellent communication skills and administrative acumen, and the ability to work effectively in a clinical and academic environment.

Underfill Statement

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Department Information:

The Department of Biostatistics has 43 primary faculty members and 230 full-time PhD and Master’s students.  The Department is involved in cutting edge methodological research and scientific investigation in many areas of public health and biomedical research. The Department has close ties with the Department of Statistics, the Institute for Social Research, the Medical School, the Michigan Institute for Data Science, The Institute of Health Policy and Innovation, the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, and other research groups across campus.  Approximately 80% of SABER’s portfolio is in collaboration with University of Michigan Medical School faculty.

The University of Michigan offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Ann Arbor is a progressive city of about 120,000 year-round residents, and approximately 44,000 students, with excellent schools and a wide variety of sporting and musical activities. It is rated very highly in national surveys for its quality of life and has the amenities of a city many times its size. 

The University of Michigan is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applications from women and minorities are welcomed and strongly encouraged.


Consideration of applications will begin on a rolling basis.  Interested applicants should submit their CV, a statement of research interest, the names of three references, and academic transcripts (if a recent graduate) at

Questions or Concerns:

Interested candidates can contact the University of Michigan Department of Biostatistics at or Cathie Spino (, Director of SABER. 

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