Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
December 12, 2013 (Updated Screening Date)

Statistical Consultant and Director of Statistical Consulting
Mathematical Sciences

Search Number     14-209
Start Date Target date: June 1-August 15, 2014 upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Part-time (0.87 FTE) renewable twelve (12) month contract dependent on funding, need and performance

$68,000 per fiscal year (at 0.87 FTE; please see details below in the overview)

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


Montana State University – Bozeman is seeking a statistical consultant and director of a Statistical Consulting Center for a twelve-month professional appointment (please note: this is not a tenure-track position). Funding is available starting July 1, 2014, though start date is negotiable and should fall between June 1 and August 15, 2014.
The current source of funding is available for five years, but the vision of this position is to build a successful self-sustaining statistical consulting center/core that will continue to serve the university after the initial five years.
Current funding only supports a 0.87 FTE at $68,000 per FY. This lower FTE allows the person, if they choose, to secure additional support (e.g. from involvement in grants as part of consulting duties).
Reappointment after the initial year contract will be contingent on funding, need, and performance during the first year, with review by a cross-disciplinary advisory board.

Duties and

The statistical consultant will provide statistical consulting and research support for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff doing research. This includes providing general and advanced statistical and methodological consulting related to study design, pilot data analysis, grant proposal preparation, data analysis and interpretation of results. He/she may also conduct instructional workshops and other trainings by request. Initially, due to the funding source, consultations will primarily be focused on survey and intervention research in social and behavioral sciences. Some researchers using the consulting center will be based at other state campuses requiring the use of distance technology for meetings. A successful applicant will have broad experience with experimental design, sampling design, and survey design, along with appropriate analysis methods for each.

As director of the statistical consulting center/core, the successful applicant will be expected to efficiently manage clients and projects, and facilitate growth for future sustainability of the center. This may involve managing and mentoring graduate students and/or other assistants.

1.   Master’s degree in Statistics or Biostatistics with at least 5 years of experience in statistical consulting and working with a diverse set of researchers or Ph.D. in Statistics or Biostatistics with at least 2 years of experience in statistical consulting and working with diverse set of researchers, or an equivalent combination of relevant related education and experience.
2.   Sound knowledge of statistical theory, as well as broad experience in the application of statistical inference in multiple disciplines.
3.   Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information in an understandable way to diverse clientele.
4.   Successful experience in managing projects or programs or work unit/center. Demonstrated potential for effective managing of assistants if the program expands (graduate students and/or other applied statisticians).
1.   Ph.D. degree in Statistics.
2.   Minimum of five years of experience as a statistical consultant.
3.   Work in experimental design and survey design for social and behavioral science research.
4.   Demonstrated experience using various statistical packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS, R, Stata), and/or interest and ability to learn new software quickly.
5.   Demonstrated potential for managing and growing a statistical consulting center, and the vision, motivation, and abilities to build the center so it can become self-sustaining after the initial five years of funding.
6.   Successful experience developing and delivering training materials to researchers and others.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical information in an understandable way to diverse clientele.
  • Exhibit high professional standards.
  • Have the ability to work on many projects simultaneously and prioritize appropriately, as well as possess effective organizational skills.
  • Have strong interest and ability to learn new statistical techniques.
  • Have ability to realize and acknowledge when the problem is beyond one’s knowledge base and outside resources should be used. This includes a willingness to communicate with the Statistics faculty members related to their expertise or for a second opinion.
  • Exhibit enthusiasm for working with researchers with diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess effective mentoring skills related to working with graduate students and other assistants etc.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Screening of applications will begin on January 3, 2014 and will continue until an adequate pool is established or until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) Letter of application (cover letter). This should address the required and preferred qualifications and why you think you would be successful in the position; and
    • (2) Current resume or curriculum vitae; and
    • (3) The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references; and
    • (4) Three letters of reference, at least one of which should be from a past statistical consulting client you worked with. These letters should specifically address the required and preferred qualifications listed in this job announcement.

      An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-209" in the subject line of the email.

      • Submit materials to:

      • Statistical Consultant Search Committee
      • Department of Mathematical Sciences
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 172400
      • Bozeman MT 59717-2400
      • Tel:(406)994-4606
      • Fax:(406)994-1789
      • For additional information please contact Professor Megan Higgs

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

    Posted (Updated - 12/20/13 ses)