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The human immune system is an astonishing diagnostic system, continuously adapting itself to detect any signal of disease in the body. Essentially, the state of the immune system tells a story about virtually everything affecting a person’s health. It may sound like science fiction, but what if we could “read” this story? Our scientific understanding of human health would be fundamentally advanced. And more importantly, this would provide a foundation for a new generation of precise medical diagnostic and treatment options.
Microsoft Healthcare is partnering with Adaptive Biotechnologies to develop the machine learning and biotechnology tools that will allow us to realize this dream. Our mission: To create a universal blood test that reads a person’s immune system to detect a wide variety of diseases including infections, cancers and autoimmune disorders in their earliest stages, when they can be most effectively diagnosed and treated. Together, we are building an interdisciplinary team of machine learning experts, software engineers, computational biologists, and immunologists who will make this dream a reality. You can read more about this project here: http://aka.ms/immunomics
Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.
You will be responsible for exploring some of the many interesting opportunities to use the new data we are collecting for the Antigen Map. These could range from data visualization and analysis of complex relationships, to novel machine learning models for predicting biological, diagnostic, or therapeutic characteristics. You will work closely with the software engineering, data science, and computational biology teams at Microsoft and Adaptive to formulate interesting problems, explore possible solutions, and apply the results to our long term goal of a universal diagnostic test.
In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.
- Must be currently enrolled in a PhD program in Computer Science or a related STEM field.
- Must have developed a significant result (e.g. term project or internship project) involving complex data analysis & visualization, or machine learning applied to biological data
- Ability to collaborate and communicate across disciplines as part of a cross-functional team
- Experienced in, or eager to learn, immunology and computational biology
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