Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Cell Science- AI analysis of biological image data
Are you an expert in analyzing images and/or related data using artificial intelligence? Do you have experience and/or interest in applying AI-based image analysis to biological data, including images of organisms, cells or molecules?
The Department of Microbiology and Cell Science at University of Florida (UF) is hiring a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of AI image analysis. We are looking for a creative, talented and innovative scientist capable of exploiting one of the most advanced AI-focused supercomputers on the planet to identify and solve cutting-edge problems in biological image analysis, including but not limited to problems related to the analysis of image data from microorganisms, cell populations or single cells, sub-cellular organelles and/or biological molecules.
The successful candidate will contribute to an ambitious academic-industry partnership aimed at integrating AI into the fabric of how the university conducts research, education and extension. Not only will you have access to advanced AI-focused computing resources and extensive computational support from UF Research Computing and NVIDIA; you will have opportunities to work with other creative researchers addressing challenging interdisciplinary problems across all biology-related disciplines within a university culture that strongly supports fundamental and applied AI-related research and education. UF has extensive R01-level research programs in biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, earth- sea- and space-science, and agricultural sciences. We are looking for someone who can contribute to these efforts by providing a strong vision for their individual research program, the ability to work collaboratively with others, and the capacity to share their knowledge and experience with postdoctoral scientists, graduate students and undergraduates.
The successful candidate will be expected to be fully engaged in all activities and duties associated with a tenure-track academic faculty position, including research (75% appointment), teaching and mentoring (25%) and extension. Typical duties include securing competitive extramural funding, conducting research and publishing research findings; supervising and supporting postdocs and graduate students; contributing to university service and governance; contributing to education by developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and helping to develop academic curricula in their primary research area; supporting community outreach and extension activities. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—research, teaching and extension—regardless of the assignment split associated with the position.
This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.
This tenure-track faculty position is part of University of Florida’s AI initiative (https://ai.ufl.edu/), an ambitious university-wide effort anchored by a recent $70M gift from Chris Malakowsky and NVIDIA corporation. This initiative is aimed at reformulating UF’s research, teaching and extension missions by tightly integrating AI into all aspects of the university.
Research computing capacity at the University of Florida is managed by UF Research Computing (https://www.rc.ufl.edu/) and includes HiPerGator3, a cluster of 66,000 CPU cores, 544 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPUs and 48 NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPUs. UF’s AI-focused supercomputer, HiPerGatorAI is currently the largest AI computing infrastructure of any university in the country. HiPerGatorAI includes 140 NVIDIA DGX A100 SuperPod nodes (1120 Ampere A100 GPUs and 35,840 AMD CPU cores) system is now available to all UF faculty.
A doctorate (PhD or foreign equivalent) in a biology-related or computational-science field.
Demonstrated skills in verbal and written scientific communication.
Strong research vision and ability to collaborate with biological and/or computational scientists.
Ability to secure competitive extramural funding.
Commitment to the land-grant university mission, which includes research, teaching and extension. Commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement and accountability.
2+ years postdoctoral experience in academic, government and/or industry research.
Evidence of academic productivity through publication.
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by Oct 1, 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Nominations are welcome. Nominations should include the complete name and address of the nominee and may be sent to:
Requisition # 00014328
Associate Professor Bryan Kolaczkowski
Chair, AI Image Analysis Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Microbiology and Cell Science Department
1355 Museum Dr., PO Box 110700
Gainesville, FL 32611-0700