Professor Of Machine Learning



Job description

Madison, WI

Job no: 100759-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, and engage in professional service appropriate to the faculty rank.

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/or its partner institutions, will develop a strong sponsored funding portfolio to support their research activities, and will publish research results in leading outlets including high-impact and other methodological and subject matter journals appropriate to the area of research interest and application.

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.

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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. Other relevant methodological expertise may include, but is not limited to, database theory and methods and/or data mining, natural language processing, data privacy and security, applied mathematics, image analysis, and computer vision.

Hiring rank will be commensurate with years of relevant experience. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research, publishing papers in high-impact journals or conference proceedings, and teaching appropriate to their stage of career.

Assistant professor candidates must have 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 PhD 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:

Many appointments in the Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics are joint or affiliate with the Departments of Computer Sciences or Statistics in the College of Letters and Sciences, it is possible that this hire will be joint with one of those departments. If this is the case, it is possible that this appointment will be made on an academic year (9-month) basis.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2020


ANNUAL (12 months)

How to apply

To begin the application process submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and teaching interests, a single document containing three (3) sample publications, and contact information for three (3) references. Once you have submitted your application, we will automatically contact your references to upload letters of reference.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 15, 2019. However, the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Lily Kramer
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