Career Opportunities

The Study Design and Biostatistics Center is a multidisciplinary group of over 40 biostatisticians, epidemiologists, statistical geneticists, health economists, psychometricians, and survey design researchers engaged in a wide range of collaborations throughout University of Utah Health of the University of Utah. We typically add several new statisticians and other quantitative health science researchers each year, and often has openings at both the PhD and MS levels. Specific openings are active at designated times, but we are always interested in hearing from potential applicants even if a posting is not currently active.

PhD Level

SDBC members at the PhD level are generally expected to play leadership roles within the center, and engage in methodological research and collaborative science in one or more of the following areas: high dimensional data, modern causal inference, survival analysis, generalized linear and nonlinear mixed modeling, longitudinal methods, Bayesian modeling, computational statistics, and item response theory and other psychometric methods.


Candidates should have a PhD in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or related field and have exhibited excellence, or excellent potential, in research with a proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Strong programming skills in R and/or SAS are required. Both entry level and experienced PhD’s may be considered.

Current Opportunities

MS Biostatistician Position

The SDBC greatly values the contributions of its MS level statisticians and epidemiologists, and provides excellent opportunities for professional development and leadership responsibilities at this level. We seek candidates who are able work effectively in a multidisciplinary group in study design, statistical programming, analysis of data, and statistical graphics, and who convey a genuine interest in biomedical research. SDBC MS statisticians and epidemiologists collaborate with investigators to determine questions of interest and data needed to address those questions, write detailed analysis plans, and carry out statistical analyses and interpret analysis results.


Candidates should have a MS in statistics, biostatistics, or related field. At least three years of experience in a biomedical research setting is desired. Demonstrated expertise in statistical software (e.g, R, SAS, and/or STATA) is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

SDBC at the University of Utah

The Study Design and Biostatistics Center (SDBC), is the Statistical Core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Utah and provides a rich environment for methodological and applied biomedical research across the university. Focus areas of SDBC faculty include clinical trials, longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, epidemiologic modeling, Bayesian analysis, modern causal inference, structural equations models, item response theory, computational statistics and high throughput methods, analysis of biomarkers, statistical genetics and statistical genomics. Learn more about our research process.

Contact Us

Williams Building
University of Utah Research Park
Williams Building, 1st floor
295 South Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, Utah

Parking: south visitor's lot


Camie Derricott
Phone: 801-587-5212
Fax: 801-581-3623