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Assistant Professor (Ladder Rank) Chancellor's Joint Initiative: Data Sciences/Biomedical Informatics

Application Window

Open date: November 29th, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) ( and The Division of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) in the Department of Medicine ( at the University of California San Diego are recruiting outstanding faculty for tenure-track positions to direct research and/or develop biomedical data science programs in multiple areas, as well as to teach in our training programs and contribute to the university’s mission. The research areas include, but are not limited to the following:

Clinical informatics (healthcare and biomedical research)
Biomedical natural language processing and information retrieval
Translational bioinformatics
Statistical Genetics and Genomics
Functional genomics and epigenetics of single cells

The ideal candidate would advance biomedical research by devising robust algorithmic and/or statistical methods to mine large data sets and analyzing the results on larger, public data sets to make novel discoveries that impact human health. They would have a strong publication record and the potential to build a vibrant research program supported by competitive research funding and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of their training and interest. Additionally, they would have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

This position requires teaching of university students and a PhD or Advancement to Candidacy is required at time of application.

UC San Diego is pursuing a strategy for advancing Data Science and its impact on human health that builds upon its unique strengths in creating interdisciplinary research areas that span multiple disciplines and departments. Funded with a $75M endowment, the mission of Halicioglu Data Science Institute (HDSI) is to explore the scientific foundations for the new field of data science. These foundations include both the principles, methods, and tools that will enable us to understand the nature of digital data, and also the intersections between this new field and existing disciplines of human inquiry. Since its inception four years ago, HDSI has made thirteen joint faculty appointments across various disciplines.

DBMI is currently involved in several ambitious initiatives to securely share research data and improve healthcare practices. Its efforts include combining electronic health record (EHR) and ‘omics data, improving utilization of diagnostic tests for clinical care, developing blockchain technologies for healthcare, evaluating the impact of clinical systems, and studying innovative, robust methods of providing informed consent for research subjects and responsibly sharing access to clinical data. DBMI has a history of hosting large projects such as iDASH (integrating Data for Analysis, ‘anonymization,’ and SHaring), one of the NIH-funded National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC), and others such as pSCANNER (patient-centered SCAlable National Network for Effectiveness Research, a PCORI-funded clinical data research network covering over 21 million patients and 10 health systems, and projects for the Big Data to Knowledge initiative at NIH.

HDSI is working closely with DBMI on teaching and research initiatives related to this position. Together with DBMI researchers, HDSI developed an AI match-making tool to bring together tools and data from millions of resources available on the web. HDSI and DBMI faculty also co-direct an NIH-funded program for Training in Advanced Data and Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints or opportunities in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

The joint appointment is at the Assistant Professor level. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Review of applications will begin December 17, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted electronically through AP-Online Recruit website.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or Advancement to Candidacy at time of application.

Preferred qualifications

We are looking for applicants with outstanding research credentials. Successful applicants are expected to lead a vigorous research program and will be required to teach university students. We are particularly seeking faculty passionate about working with graduate students and training the next generation of researchers.
HDSI is committed to building an excellent, diverse, and inclusive faculty, staff and student body. In addition to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity, successful candidates for this position will have potential or demonstrated contributions to a climate

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • COVID-19 Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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