Open Positions

Faculty Positions in Computational Systems Medicine

The Department of Medicine at the University of Florida is expanding its research program in computational systems medicine with one position each at the tenured full, tenured associate, and tenure-track assistant professor level. These positions are research-focused, with modest teaching responsibilities. An internationally-recognized research program and demonstrated grant funding commensurate with seniority is expected.

All areas of research are being considered, with particular interest in the role of the immune system in a wide range of health conditions, such as respiratory diseases or cancer. Examples of current faculty research interests include multi-scale modeling of the immune response to respiratory infections, model-based control of microbial communities, ODE models of signaling pathways for tumor response to immunotherapy, and optimization of combination drug regimens.

We offer a highly collaborative research environment that closely integrates quantitative researchers with clinicians and experimentalists. The University of Florida is heavily engaged in a related initiative to build a strong research capability in artificial intelligence, including a partnership with Nvidia and the hire of 100 new faculty in this field. See this UF News item for more information.

The Laboratory for Systems Medicine is committed to increasing diversity, and especially welcomes applications from researchers who are members of underrepresented groups.

For more information, please contact Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher,

Graduate Research Assistant in Localized Outcome Prediction

A Research Assistant is sought to work with Dr. Cory Brunson to develop a localized predictive modeling framework and its application to clinical risk assessment.

The RA will be responsible for the implementation of a new interpretable machine learning approach to modeling clinical risk. The approach combines aspects of case-based reasoning, nearest neighbors prediction, and penalized regression. The implementation will be done in Julia in order to leverage the category-theoretic functionality of the AlgebraicJulia package collection. Our primary research application is to predict clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection and to identify key risk factors specific to well-defined subpopulations.

All applicants will be considered, and applications from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Relevant training or experience (e.g. public health, artificial intelligence, Julia) is helpful but not required.

The project is funded by a Precision Health pilot grant by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is a collaboration with computational mathematician James Fairbanks, hospitalist Osama Dasa, and mathematician Reinhard Laubenbacher. The position is classified as Other Personnel Services (OPS) at 1.0 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for 12 months. Funding is available as soon as the position can be filled. Interested graduate students are requested to email a CV with a statement of interest.

Additional Openings

The newly established Laboratory for Systems Medicine at University of Florida Health is focused on computational and mathematical approaches to human health. We have several immediate openings for faculty positions at all ranks, in both the research and tenure tracks.

We are looking for scientists who work well in an interdisciplinary environment, have an outstanding record and who have a strong track record or promise of extramural funding. While expertise in respiratory diseases and immunology are of particular interest, all aspects of human health, the basic science underpinning it, systems biology approaches, and a focus on computational and data science methodology will be seriously considered.

We are committed to creating an environment that supports diversity, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, We also have several research scientist and postdoctoral positions available for projects in computational systems biology, optimization, software development, bioinformatics, and biophysical modeling.