Assistant Professor in Population Genetics - AI (68528)

University of Florida- Department of Biology
Jan 06, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor in Population Genetics - AI (68528)

University of Florida- Department of Biology
Open Date:
Jan 5, 2021
Close Date:
Apr 29, 2021

The Department of Biology at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2021. We invite applicants in all areas of theoretical, computational, and/or empirical population genetics who integrate the development and/or application of artificial intelligence (AI--including machine and deep learning) in their research. The successful applicant is also expected to address the societal and/or ethical implications of AI.

This search is part of a campus-wide effort by the University of Florida to expand the role of AI in higher education and research ( This hire will have a research focus that will contribute to understanding the ethics, equity, and bias of AI methods applied to genetics. The University is home to HiPerGator, one of the most powerful high-performance computers at a US public university, including the new HiPerGator AI NVIDIA GPU SuperPod.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an extramurally funded, internationally recognized research program. Expectations for teaching include undergraduate instruction in Genetics as well as graduate and undergraduate courses in the applicant’s specialty area. Interdisciplinary teaching interests are strongly encouraged. The Department of Biology highly values candidates with professional or lived experiences that enhance competency in teaching, training, and mentoring students from backgrounds that span and intersect all axes of diversity.

The University of Florida is among the top ten public universities in the United States. Research in the biological sciences, informatics, and ethics is conducted by faculty in many departments, across several Colleges and Institutes, including (but not limited to) the UF Genetics Institute, the Informatics Institute, and the UFHealth Precision Medicine Program, providing a rich intellectual environment and extensive opportunities for collaboration. The University is also home to prestigious colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, which provides state of the art molecular biology core facilities.

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Successful candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline by August 16, 2021.  Strong preference will be given to applicants with at least one year of postdoctoral experience, but exceptional applicants at the Ph.D. level may be considered.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, including work in ethics, equity, and bias, (4) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, accessibility, and internationalism; and (5) a list of at least three references. After initial review, applicants who are chosen to receive further consideration will be asked to request confidential letters of recommendation from the references.

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The Department of Biology particularly welcomes applicants who can contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. Please see for more information about diversity and inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities

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