Professor of Machine Learning

University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics

United States

Professor of Machine Learning

Job no: 228054-FA

Work type: Faculty-Full Time


Location: Madison

Categories: Instructional, Instructional Design, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The UW Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (BMI) has a long history of research, training, and collaborative activity in machine learning for basic, clinical, and population-based studies. Contemporary biomedical research demands new machine-learning approaches, algorithms, and strategies to create more effective predictive models from growing data resources. Opportunities are many, including the use of data from electronic health records, genomic repositories, or imaging resources, all of which might inform prediction for clinical outcomes or treatment strategies, as well as data on molecular structures that might guide predictions of protein binding or other molecular characteristics, for example.

The successful applicant for this position will join a vibrant academic department, establish strong machine-learning research program motivated by high-impact problems in biomedical research, contribute to training and mentoring in machine learning, engage in collaborative activity within the SMPH or with national and international efforts, engage in professional service appropriate to the faculty rank, and embrace diversity in the broadest sense.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Principal Duties:

The successful applicant will contribute to the training and research mission of the BMI in the domain of machine learning, and develop a substantial sponsored research portfolio.

70% Develop an independent research program in machine-learning, focused in health or biomedicine, with demonstrated interest in advancing methodological tools and their application as appropriate to the biological, clinical, or public health sciences questions. The successful applicant will establish robust collaborations with investigators at UW-Madison and partner institutions as appropriate, will develop a strong sponsored funding portfolio to support their research activities, and will disseminate research results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences.

20% Teach courses, usually, about one (1) graduate course per year, and train and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

10% Engage in professional and university service appropriate to the faculty rank.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in Computer Science, Statistics, Biomedical Informatics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related quantitative area required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Research focus on machine learning with an interest in applications to some aspects of healthcare and biomedical sciences required. Examples of relevant methodological expertise include database theory and methods, data mining, natural language processing, data privacy and security, applied mathematics, image analysis, and computer vision.

Require a strong methodological research program and a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary research in basic, translational, or clinical research with the potential to thrive in the dynamic environment of the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and the School of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Assistant professor candidates must have at least three years of relevant research experience in computer science, statistics, biomedical informatics, electrical engineering or a closely related quantitative area. This research experience may have been acquired in the doctoral degree program.

Associate professor candidates must have tenure-track faculty experience in computer science, biomedical informatics, electrical engineering or a closely related quantitative area, including developing a robust research program, teaching graduate courses, mentoring graduate students, and engaging in professional and institutional service. Associate professor candidates must have the credentials required for tenure in the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additional Information:

BMI Faculty appointments may be jointly appointed or affiliated with other departments on campus, such as Population Health Science, Computer Sciences, or Statistics. It is possible that the successful applicant will have a joint appointment with another department, in which case the appointment may be made on an academic year, or 9-month, basis.


Work Type:
Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:
JULY 01, 2021

ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:
To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Now" button to submit your application. Applications should include the following uploaded documents: 1) cover letter that includes a statement describing your diversity philosophy and the approach you would take to recruiting a diverse student body into your lab and the department's Biomedical Data Science graduate programs; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) a statement of research interests and teaching interests; 4) a single document containing three (3) sample publications. In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three professional references. We will automatically contact your references to upload letters of reference.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 31, 2020. However, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

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