Opportunity Details

Institute for Informatics, Data Science & Biostatistics

Data Science and Biostatistics

Commensurate w/Experience

Faculty Opportunities (All Ranks/Tracks) in the Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics (formerly the Institute for Informatics & the Division of Biostatistics)


Washington University in St. Louis (WU), founded in 1853, is a medium-sized, private research university with approximately 12,000 full-time students, half of whom are enrolled in graduate and professional programs, and nearly 2,100 part-time students. The diverse student body represents all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and more than 100 countries around the world, with approximately ninety percent of undergraduates derived from outside the state. This strength in entrepreneurial studies complements recent St. Louis recognition as among the best startup cities in the nation, evidenced in the CORTEX Innovation District and its 20 partners.

The Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is a world-class, research-intensive academic health center. Since its founding in 1891, WUSM has trained nearly 9,000 physicians and has contributed groundbreaking discoveries in many areas of medical research. WUSM is internationally known for research in neuroscience, genetics, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, oncology, immunology, diagnostic imaging, and many other specialty areas.  

BJC HealthCare (BJC) system includes 13 community hospitals in Missouri and southern Illinois with 3,479 staffed beds, and is one of the largest academically-based health care systems in the country. BJC is recognized for its ability to integrate health services in a cost-efficient manner, while providing an innovative medical data and imaging repository to enhance physicians’ access to patient data. BJC has more than 100 sites in the St. Louis metropolitan area for medical care and services, and is the dominant health care provider in the region with a 34 percent market share – more than double that of the next largest system. 

The Institute for Informatics, Data Science and Biostatistics (I2DB) is a comprehensive home for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science research, education, and services spanning WU, BJC, and affiliated entities. I2DB was created in response to the changes currently being experienced across the modern healthcare and life sciences environments wherein there has been a fundamental shift towards trans-disciplinary, integrative, and data-intensive approaches to basic, clinical, translational, and population-level research.  These developments have been coupled with the widespread use of information technology platforms to re-engineer of healthcare delivery and achieve greater value alongside improved outcomes and safety. The complex data, information, and knowledge needs associated with these trends require a comprehensive and systems-level approach to Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Data Science research, education, and practice.  

I2DB is a medical school-wide facility that engages in research consultation, teaching, and training. engages in innovative research, workforce development, and biostatistics service delivery targeting a variety of critical areas of need, including the integration, management, and analysis of heterogeneous longitudinal data, information, and knowledge resources; computational approaches to the analysis of imaging, clinical, and genomic data to inform precision medicine; the acceleration of clinical, epidemiological, and genetic research through study protocols, data resources, and analytical pipelines; developing cutting-edge independent scientists and future research leaders in biostatistics and data science; and methodological and technical approaches to enable and enhance research reproducibility and rigor. The teaching and training component of the Division’s mission is centered around a multi-disciplinary graduate training program in biostatistics, which provides training in biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, and bioinformatics.  I2DB leads a post-doctoral training program in genetic epidemiology and hosts the  Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in health-related research (PRIDE) each summer.

I2DB comprises a multi-disciplinary team of faculty investigators, technical staff, and trainees affiliated with partnering academic units throughout Washington University. In this way,I2DB spans traditional organizational boundaries and provides for a crosscutting community-of-practice that enhances and extends the academic and operational strengths of the university and leverages the unique living laboratory afforded by the robust local and regional research and healthcare delivery enterprises.


The Opportunity

In collaboration with multiple pre-clinical and clinical departments across WUSM, seeks highly qualified applicants for faculty positions at all ranks (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor) on the Research, Clinical, and Investigator tracks.  Successful candidates will be expected to establish robust, extramurally funded research and educational programs that engage the broad range of research and clinical programs at WUSM and BJC.  

Candidates should have a PhD, MD, or another advanced degree in a relevant field (e.g., Biomedical or Health Informatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, or Computer Science) and a substantial track record of extramural funding, peer-reviewed publications, and trainee mentorship. 

Racial, ethnic, gender, and other forms of diversity will be prioritized as part of this faculty recruitment opportunity.

Compensation, start-up packages, and other financial support will be highly competitive and commensurate with candidate rank, experience, and performance.

Candidates will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, consistent with the needs and priorities of WUSM and I2.


Candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, Chief Data Scientist & Associate Dean, c/o Cynthia Marich, Executive Director (cmarich@wustl.edu).

Cynthia Marich



No end date


An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is the university’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Washington University seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty; women, minorities, protected veterans and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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