Faculty Position (Open Rank) in Dept. of Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing

Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida 33612
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The newly established Department of Machine Learning (ML) at Moffitt Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is seeking new faculty member(s) in the tenure-earning rank of Assistant/Associate Member with research interests in natural language processing (NLP) and their application in cancer health informatics and interrogating electronic health records including radiology and pathology reports.


Position Highlights:

The new faculty will join a recently established and expanding ML Department, which is a first of its kind in oncology. We currently have faculty initiating a wide range of machine learning research and its application in oncology in collaboration with other members of the Quantitative Science Division, including the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department and the Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department, as well as with other research and clinical departments within the cancer center. The new faculty will have access to extensive retrospective and prospective data for real-world predictive analytics with on premise and in the cloud computing resources that includes an integrated repository of clinical, genomic, imaging and patient-reported information as well as biospecimens from a large cohort of patients. Moffitt also enjoys a very active clinical, radiological, pathological, and translational research programs investigating a wide variety of novel therapeutics in translational and basic sciences, with an emphasis on health outcomes, epidemiology, immunology, cancer biology and evolution, and drug discovery.


Numerous research opportunities are available to reduce cancer burden, including areas with research emphasis on large-scale clinical, patient-reported, and wearable sensor data to identify patients at risk of acute treatment toxicities and poor outcomes. Collaboration with implementation scientists offers the opportunity to integrate machine learning algorithms into the electronic medical record and clinic workflows to improve clinical care.


Moffitt Cancer Center is characterized by a culture of collegiality and team science, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations for cancer research and mentoring. Faculty development is a tenant of Moffitt culture and an essential part of this new department’s philosophy to develop future leaders in the emerging field of machine learning in oncology. In addition to Moffitt’s extensive computational and rich data resources, the ML Department features state of the art DGX-A100 cluster and machine learning engineers for advanced machine learning applications with retrospective and prospective comprehensive clinical datasets with focus on data integration and personalized cancer care.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • We seek candidates with expertise in natural language processing (NLP) who are interested in applying this expertise to real-world cancer research and translational oncology. Candidates will contribute to current and initiate future NLP applications at Moffitt, as evidenced by a history of peer-reviewed publications and involvement in grant supported research projects. Ongoing research includes but is not limited to extracting clinical phenotypes from medical records, implementation of FIHR protocols, data integration and semantic representations, conversational AI, human-computer interaction, cancer ontologies, digital pathology/radiology, and survey analysis among others where NLP can accelerate cancer discovery and improve care delivery.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with an outstanding record conducting team science or collaborative research with an emphasis on NLP in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate experience (or potential) as a collaborative, independent researcher, or leader with extramurally funded research studies, presentations at national and international conferences, and a record of high-quality peer-reviewed publications.



  • Maintain a productive integrated and/or independent research program in NLP in oncology.
  • Collaborate on a variety of machine learning research projects both within Moffitt and externally.
  • Engage in educational (e.g., teaching and mentorship) and service activities across Moffitt and its affiliates


Credentials and Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics or relevant field with appropriate research training and experience.


Academic rank beyond Assistant Member will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Moffitt is affiliated with the University of South Florida and a University appointment is available in the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor as applicable in the appropriate departments.


Salary and start-up funds are highly competitive.


Tampa was named an “urban gem” and the “Best City in the Southeast” by Money magazine. Aside from the sunshine, beaches, and year-round outdoor recreation associated with the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa is a thriving metropolitan city with unique cultural attractions, low cost of living, and a high quality of life.


Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Issam El Naqa, PhD, FIEEE, Search Committee Chair, Department of Machine Learning (Issam.Elnaqa@moffitt.org).


To apply, visit our website Moffitt.org/Careers and refer to requisition number 44850 or click this link – https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/moffitt/#/job/26196.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is flexible.



Equal Employment Opportunity

Moffitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran or disabled status. Moffitt seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. This has been recognized by several civil right groups including the DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals & Health Systems List, Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), and named an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.


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Faculty Position (Open Rank) in Dept. of Machine Learning for Natural Language Processing

Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida 33612

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