Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice: Behavioral Research/Biostatistics

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Job description

The Boston College of Social Work (BCSSW) seeks an assistant or associate professor of the practice (non-tenure track) with expertise in behavioral research and/or biostatistics. The position has responsibilities for two related functions: (1) supporting the research of social work scholars; and (2) teaching advanced research designs and statistics to graduate students.

The practice faculty position in the behavioral research/biostatistics area will be responsible for providing faculty with direct consultation and support for the development of research proposals, scholarly publications, and post-award support. Ability to provide faculty with consultation and direct project support for applications to foundations and different federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health is essential. Specifically, the person in this role will provide expertise and support for data analysis, writing of data analysis sections of grant applications, computational projects, and applications with large and small datasets. This position will require excellent coordination, collaboration, and organization skills and attention to detail. The person must be a self-starter with experience taking initiative and working both independently and as part of a team.

This role will potentially involve co-authoring papers with faculty in exchange for taking lead roles on data analysis and writing of results sections in manuscripts. Therefore, excellent verbal, written (including documenting code) and interpersonal communication, presentation and writing skills are essential. The person in this role will design and implement long-term quantitative initiatives to support research projects at the School of Social Work. In addition, the person filling this practice faculty position will teach up to three courses in advanced research design and statistical methods to graduate students.


The BCSSW is one of the leading schools of social work in the nation and focuses on a wide range of pressing social concerns that emerge locally in the greater Boston metropolitan region as well as in countries around the world. Each year, our school enrolls approximately 550 first and second year master’s students, preparing them for competent, effective, and compassionate practice that promotes social justice. We also provide intensive training to approximately 40 doctoral students, helping them to become the next generation of social work leaders and scholars. Our high standards of excellence for the curriculum have earned the SSW recognition as one of the “top ten” schools of social work in the U.S. The School is steadfast in its pursuit of rigorous research and scholarship. Our faculty explore a range of research topics, from the experiences of immigrants to innovative frameworks for the study of human rights. Some of our research initiatives are sponsored by centers including: The Research Program on Children and Adversity; the Center for Social Innovation; the Latino Leadership Initiative; Research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3); and the Center on Aging & Work. Faculty research endeavors are supported by the SSW Associate Dean for Research and the Assistant Director for Fiscal and Grant Administration.


  • PhD degree in biostatistics or related field and 5+ years of experience working on research projects related to social work, public health, education, or psychology
  • Knowledge of statistics, including generalized linear mixed models, growth curve modeling, or HLM
  • Extensive experience with STATA and/or SAS and familiarity with additional statistical packages, including R and SPSS, as well as specialty programs, such as HLM, MLwiN, Mplus, preferred
  • Experience conducting power analysis, and data multiple imputation methods; familiarity with latent variables and SEM is a plus
  • Interest in learning new statistical methods, as necessary for the successful completion of research projects

Essential Functions include:

  • Develop and teach up to three research design/statistical methods courses for graduate students
  • Critique and improve grant proposal submissions and manuscripts
  • Prepare methods sections and analysis plans for incorporation into abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals
  • Prepare statistical analysis plans, sampling designs, and power computations
  • Data cleaning and management of multiple data sets using a variety of statistical analysis software
  • Engage in dissemination of findings and close collaboration with research teams on publications, NIH reporting requirements and data sharing requests
  • Conduct analyses and provide capacity building to faculty and students in STATA, SPSS, SAS, and R as well and other statistical programs as needed (i.e. MPLUS, HLM/multilevel modeling, GEE etc.)

The person will be hired at one or two levels depending on experience:

Assistant Professor of the Practice: Minimum of three years (post-Ph.D.) experience in a research environment providing advanced statistical and analytical consultation. Ph.D. in Statistics, Social Work, Public Health, Economics, or related areas with emphasis on applied statistics preferred. Master’s degree with equivalent experience will be considered. Publication record in relevant peer reviewed journals is a plus. Associate Professor of the Practice: Minimum of five years (post-Ph.D.) experience in a research environment providing advanced statistical and analytical consultation including research designs, complex community based trials in the US and abroad. Ph.D. in Statistics, Social Work, Public Health, Economics, or related area with emphasis on applied statistics preferred. Publication record in academic journals is a plus.

How to apply

Applicants who are interested in being part of a vibrant community of social work scholars should apply online via Interfolio. Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation or evaluation. Additional documents helpful in the evaluation of the candidate are welcome.

Inquiries regarding these positions may be directed to Gautam Yadama, Dean of BCSSW at:

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