Job Openings

The Department of Biostatistics and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine community invite you to become part of an outstanding research environment where your experience is valued and emphasis is placed on continued learning. First among academic medical centers in growth of NIH funding, we seek all levels of master’s and PhD biostatisticians to join us in contributing to advancements in science and medicine.

We currently have openings for MS biostatisticians. Details about the openings can be found in Information for MS Statisticians.

About the Department


The biostatistics department was created in 2003 under the leadership of Frank Harrell and has grown significantly since then. We currently have 30 PhD faculty biostatisticians, 5 senior and 19 junior MS biostatisticians, and 8 computer systems analysts, with plans to continue to expand. Our Biostatistics Graduate Program started fall 2011.


We emphasize lifelong learning for all department members. Many opportunities for continued education are available within the department, including seminars, master's meetings, and workshops on subjects such as R, Linux, and scientific writing.


Rather than focusing on short-term consulting projects, we develop long-term relationships with departments in the School of Medicine so that we learn about the diseases and processes we are studying, improving our ability to contribute to scientific advances. To facilitate these relationships, the department has a defined collaboration plan for biostatisticians and researchers.

The University Community

The Department is an integral part of Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. In addition to our relationships with many departments in the School of Medicine, we provide statistical expertise to those who are not part of our official collaboration plan through events such as seminars, workshops and daily biostatistics clinics. Department members often participate in journal clubs and seminars with their medical research colleagues, and several of our faculty teach courses in Vanderbilt’s MPH and MSCI programs.

For more information on the department, our philosophy and our goals, see our department goals page.

About the University

Vanderbilt University is an independent, private research university with an enrollment of over 11,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University comprises 10 schools and colleges, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, all located on the 330-acre campus. With over 20,000 employees, Vanderbilt is the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest private employer in the state.

The School of Medicine is ranked in the ISI top five for research impact in clinical medicine and pharmacology and received $282.3 million in total NIH funding in 2007, representing a ranking of 10th out of US medical schools. The School has interdisciplinary relationships with other University departments in areas such as imaging, proteomics and developmental disorders. Vanderbilt University Medical Center was recently named once again to US News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of hospitals - one out of only 21 in the country.

In 2009, Vanderbilt became the first educational institution to be named one of Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work.

About Nashville

Best known as the home of country music, our city has many other characteristics that make it a great place to live. Nashville is a center for the health care, finance, publishing, music, and transportation industries, is home to several universities, and has a diverse population. Vanderbilt's Human Resources department has prepared an excellent video about the city.


Nashville is most famous for its history with country music: the Grand Ole Opry hosts shows every weekend, the Ryman Auditorium (the “Mother Church of Country Music”) is a favorite venue for intimate concerts of all genres, and the country music industry is based on Midtown’s Music Row. However, there is far more to Nashville’s music community. Artists from every genre come here to live, record and perform. Bridgestone Arena hosts several large concerts yearly. There is a vibrant local music scene, encompassing genres from Americana to punk. The Bluebird Cafe is a renowned venue for songwriters to perform their own material in a very personal environment. Bonnaroo, a music festival held every summer in nearby Manchester, TN, brings an impressive lineup of both up and coming and well-known artists to the state.

Art lovers will enjoy the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, housed in an art deco former post office and home to rotating exhibits and the ArtQuest gallery for hands-on learning. Centennial Park, across West End Avenue from the Vanderbilt campus, includes an art museum inside the Parthenon and is the base for the annual Shakespeare in the Park series. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center hosts Broadway shows, operas and ballets, as well as productions by the Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Smaller venues such as Franklin’s Boiler Room Theatre allow more intimate performances and involvement by local actors. The Nashville Symphony is housed in the recently completed Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which has advanced acoustical features, natural lighting, a custom-built organ, and a convertible seating system to accommodate performance types from classical to cabaret. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has received a total of 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® wins, including two for Best Orchestral Performance.


Athletics is a favorite Nashville pastime, as the city has professional, semi-professional, and university teams in several sports. The city’s best-known team is the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, who play at LP Field on the east bank of the Cumberland River. Hockey fans will enjoy going to Nashville Predators games at downtown’s Bridgestone Arena, located on historic Lower Broadway. For a great night out with the family, head to a Nashville Sounds baseball game. The Sounds are a AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vanderbilt plays in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference; football, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball tickets are available to faculty and staff at reduced rates.


Middle Tennessee is home to many recreational areas, but there are great places for outdoor recreation right inside the city. Nashville’s parks and recreation department organizes sports leagues for all ages. The Edwin and Percy Warner parks are the largest city-administered parks in the state, with 2684 acres for picnics, sports, walking, running, golf, horse trails, and hiking. Municipal golf courses are available at seven locations. Radnor Lake State Park has six miles of hiking trails, all within Nashville’s borders. Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake are both partially located within Nashville city limits, as are the Harpeth and Cumberland rivers.

Outside metropolitan Nashville, Montgomery Bell State Park in nearby Dickson County has cabins, campgrounds, and a golf course. Fall Creek Falls, about an hour and a half drive east from Nashville, is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies; the state park has accommodations and trails for biking and hiking. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited parks in the country, is a four-hour drive east of town. The Smokies contain not only great hiking trails, fishing, biking, and camping, but also historic sites such as Newfound Gap and Cades Cove.


Whatever style of living you choose can be found in the Nashville area. Loft apartments, condominiums and townhouses are common in the downtown, Gulch and West End areas. East Nashville and Sylvan Park feature Victorian houses and tightly knit neighborhood atmospheres. For those looking for a suburban lifestyle, Nashville has plenty to choose from. If you like a more rural setting, try adjoining Wilson or Cheatham counties.

Nashville is growing quickly, and has the retail and restaurants to prove it. East Nashville and the Vanderbilt/Belmont areas are home to a variety of independent shops and cafes. The Mall at Green Hills, just down the road from the Vanderbilt campus, houses designer stores including Burberry, Juicy Couture, Swarovski, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton. Cool Springs, just south of Nashville, is a large retail area drawing customers from all over the region. Opry Mills, in northeast Nashville, adjoins the Opryland Hotel complex and features shopping outlets, the Rainforest Café and Aquarium restaurants, Dave & Buster’s, and an IMAX theater.

Southern cooking is, of course, prevalent around the area; local favorites like the Loveless Cafe. But thanks to Nashville's diversifying population, many ethnicities are also represented on the restaurant scene, including everything from Italian and Mexican to Ethiopian and Persian, casual family restaurants to swank fine dining. There are local independent restaurants of all price ranges, in addition to plenty of national favorites.

More information on Nashville's demographics, population, leisure, weather, and history, as well as relocation information and a cost-of-living comparison, can be found at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Information for MS Statisticians

We currently have openings for MS biostatisticians. All applications must be submitted through Work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center by searching keywords "Biostatistician".

Job requirements:

  • master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics
  • excellent computing and written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to work well with both fellow statisticians and other researchers
  • thorough knowledge of modern statistical methods, computing and software (especially R or S-Plus; also includes SAS and MATLAB)

Exceptional qualities:

  • experience in consulting and teaching
  • background in areas such as clinical trials, health services and outcomes, high-dimensional data, and longitudinal data
  • 2+ years of experience for junior statisticians and 5+ years for senior statisticians
MS statisticians perform a variety of duties depending on their assigned research areas and interests. Some examples include grant writing, statistical programming, data management, statistical teaching, assisting with methodological research, and analysis of various types of data, including small pilot studies, clinical trials and epidemiological databases.

The department has a defined career path for all employees. Junior biostatisticians are supervised by a faculty member, while the most senior MS biostatisticians have faculty appointments. There is a weekly meeting for MS statisticians in which topics such as career development and statistical methods are discussed. All MS biostatisticians are eligible for generous benefits, including professional development funds, medical, dental and vision insurance, and tuition benefits for employees, spouses and dependents. More information on benefits can be found through Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Human Resources department at

Information for Faculty (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor)

These positions require a PhD in biostatistics or statistics with significant experience in biomedical research. Extensive expertise in biostatistical methodology is essential. These positions require the candidate to vigorously pursue extramural funding, publish in prominent journals, and actively participate in teaching programs of the Department of Biostatistics and School of Medicine. Specific skills necessary are statistical modeling and inference, clinical trials, health services research, Bayesian methods, study design, and collaboration.

For more information on MS and PhD faculty recruitment, see our Faculty Recruitment process page. To apply or request more information for faculty positions (PhD or MS), email a cover letter and CV to Please send CVs in pdf format.

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