Skip to main content

Assistant or Associate Specialist

Application Window

Open date: May 10th, 2021

Last review date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 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: Thursday, Nov 10, 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

University of California, San Francisco
Assistant or Associate Specialist
Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) – Keiser Lab is searching for a biostatistics research specialist to start in Fall 2021. This position is available to study machine learning and neuropathology datasets. The person in this position will work closely with our deep learning, image analysis, and neuropathology team members and established collaborators. This position will be part of a collaborative environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities in the new Sandler Neurosciences Building on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

This specialist will work on the construction of a digital pathology dataset, the technical preparation of the dataset for machine learning (ML), and the collection of human expert annotations on these data. This ML-ready neuropathology dataset is one deliverable. The work will progress to the use of the prepared dataset to train, optimize, and critically evaluate convolutional neural network (CNN) models to predict amyloid or other prion aggregate pathologies in whole slide images of brain tissue. Effective CNN models that can detect pathologies in an image is another deliverable. We will focus in particular on the detection of subtypes of cerebral amyloid angiopathies and on the inclusion of multiple expert and non-expert annotators. Work may also extend to other neuropathologies such as neurofibrillary tangles and/or cerebrovascular angiopathies, and/or other WSI datasets currently under collection.

The person in this position will be responsible for successfully performing analyses including the following methods: mathematical modeling, statistical learning, multivariate analysis, bootstrapping, unsupervised learning, data augmentation, k-fold validation, PCA or other dimensionality reduction, deep learning, machine learning such as random forests and/or SVM, ROC and precision-recall curves, and data visualization.

Required qualifications:
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate ranks must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization.
• One-year time commitment, with possibility of extension.
• Demonstrated experience in python programming.
• Ability to work with pytorch, opencv, sklearn, pandas, and related python libraries.
• Background in mathematics, computer science, physics, and/or statistics.
• Candidate must meet the qualifications at the time of appointment.
• Candidate’s CV must state basic qualifications (or if pending) upon submission.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience in neurodegeneration and/or cancer biology.
• Experience with digital pathology or related image analysis.
• Experience with linux, virtual machines, and cloud or cluster processing.
• Experience with code versioning, management, tracking, and testing tools such as github and continuous integration.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Please apply online at, with a CV and two reference contacts.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)

Campus Information

All UCSF employees must participate in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Relevant policy information, FAQ’s, and forms may be found by visiting:

The University of California, San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

San Francisco, CA