Lecturer (above the Bar; Assistant Professor) in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for Biomedicine
Modern biomedicine becomes increasingly data driven. This position embraces this development to create a post at the intersection of computer science, biomedicine and systems biology. UCD has a strong track record in interdisciplinary research and has built an environment that promotes such interactions to advance new fields of research that are timely, innovative, and impactful. Towards this aim the UCD School of Medicine and Systems Biology Ireland have created a position for an ambitious investigator who will build a cutting-edge research programme that develops and applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approaches to biomedical problems including personalised and precision medicine (PPM). PPM is an EU as well as a UCD strategic priority, in addition to its importance to industry in drug development. The implementation of PPM requires seamless interactions between advanced computer science and medicine with systems biology providing the translational conveyor belt. This post will sit at these interfaces and is expected to leverage a highly interdisciplinary, vibrant environment to work with clinicians, biologists, mathematicians and computational colleagues to build a strong research programme in AI/ML for biomedicine.
The UCD School of Medicine (SoM, http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/) is one of Ireland’s leading medical schools within the country’s largest University. It has an extensive portfolio of research, education and training programmes offering over 60 educational programmes, delivered by research-active academic staff within a modern health science campus and by experienced clinicians across a large clinical training network. The School has fifteen research centres (http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/ourresearch/researchcentres/), and UCD is the lead academic partner in the newly established Ireland East Hospital Group, the largest hospital group in the country.
Systems Biology Ireland (SBI, http://www.ucd.ie/sbi/), established in 2009, is a SoM Research Centre. SBI has successfully developed an integrated mathematical modelling and experimental research programme focusing on the design of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to diseases, primarily cancer, based on a systems level, mechanistic understanding of cellular signal transduction networks. SBI uses mathematical and computational modelling approaches in combination with cutting edge experimental technologies in proteomics, genomics, advanced microscopy and flow cytometry as well as cell biology and molecular biology methods. SBI was ranked under the top 5 Systems Biology Centres worldwide by international review panels in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
The postholder will be placed in SBI and build a research programme focussed on the functional analysis of biomedical data through AI/ML. Of particular interest are the analysis of various omics data, data integration, and the development of predictive simulations and models for potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications in PPM. For this the postholder is expected to interact with colleagues across UCD including its hospitals and engage in ongoing research in SoM and SBI, in particular the Precision Oncology Ireland (POI) programme. POI is a strategic partnership between 5 Irish Universities, 6 Cancer Charities and 9 Industry Partners focusing on developing new approaches towards the precision diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer (http://www.precisiononcology.ie/). The postholder is expected to engage with industry partners and other partners in POI. Participation in teaching is also expected with the successful candidate playing a lead role in the new MSc AI for Medicine and Medical Research. The position is for five years initially but we expect to make it permanent dependent on the establishment of a successful research programme and the sustainability of the teaching programme.
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
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