Andre Hoffmann Fellow: Precision Medicine and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
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Mar 26, 2021
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André Hoffmann Fellow: Precision Medicine and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning


The World Economic Forum and Arizona State University are seeking a Hoffmann Fellow for a two-year joint appointment.


The Fellow will be jointly appointed between the Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“C4IR”) in San Francisco, California, which is dedicated to addressing the possibilities and challenges posed by the explosion of technological innovation–from AI to biotechnology–and the Arizona State University (ASU), a comprehensive research university that has been ranked  #1 for innovation by US News and World Report for all five years the category has existed.


The Fellow will work with Forum partners and faculty from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU on initiatives to tackle policy and governance challenges related to the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to precision medicine and healthcare globally.


This Fellowship position is unique in that it offers an opportunity for a mix of research and applied policy work that leverages the academic reputation of ASU and the World Economic Forum’s global network of industry partners and government and civil society stakeholders. The Fellow’s primary role will be to participate in and/or lead projects that explore the policy and governance challenges of applying AI/ML to genomics-driven diagnostic tests, treatment development, clinical trial recruitment and other personalized medicine initiatives reshaping health and healthcare. This Fellowship will have a strong international focus.


The future of Health and Healthcare is being transformed by technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, like increased computational capacity, large amounts of genetic and biological data, and sophisticated digital platforms. AI/ML is at the core of many of these advances. For instance, deep phenotyping, which compiles details about how disease manifests in an individual in detail, uses sophisticated algorithms to improve how to diagnose both rare and common diseases and has the potential to lead to the discovery of the underlying mechanisms of disease. There are also growing applications of artificial intelligence in radiology, using machine learning to detect abnormalities in x-rays or other scans that may not otherwise be noticed by physicians, and in clinical trials, using artificial intelligence to accelerate and expand recruitment and better-track patients during trials using wearable devices. With each of these examples, additional ethical and legal questions also remain to be further explored: how could such applications replicate or even worsen existing biases? Can the healthcare industry move past the hype to decipher when to us AI/ML and when not to use AI/ML in the patient best interest? What patient privacy norms are at risk with the wide-scale implementation of this technology? What potential liability issues may be raised as a result of AI/ML in the clinical setting? How can the applications be best governed?


The Fellow will work with the C4IR and ASU faculty on a mix of opportunities to join already ongoing or new projects and new research as well as projects that are chosen by the Fellow to advance their own scholarship interests at the intersection of the biological, physical and digital worlds.



  • Holder of a PhD, JD or terminal degree in a related field within the last three years. The degree must be received before the Fellowship start date.
  • Demonstrated interest in health and healthcare applications of technology and innovation
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in a relevant emerging AI/ML area powering advances in precision or personalized medicine
  • Demonstrated interest and familiarity with policy and governance issues, with preference given for international relevance
  • Ability to produce a variety of written materials and communicate complex topics to a variety of audiences
  • Superlative inter-personal skills; self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as a member of a team, and to participate in or manage multiple projects simultaneously


Key Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Draw from relevant expertise in order to help identify high priority opportunities for policy and governance experimentation and scholarship in topic areas relevant to the intersection of AI/ML powering precision medicine and the future of health and healthcare;
  • Participate in funded grants as a research collaborator by working on projects as a collaborator and/or co-author;
  • Participate in career-development activities such as training and hands-on experience with grantsmanship and publication of the fellow’s individual research;
  • Identify key stakeholders and build a global community of partners and stakeholders around an AI/ML area powering precision medicine approaches to health and healthcare;
  • Provide methodological and subject matter guidance to inform the development of public-private partnerships advancing AI/ML applications to power precision medicine approaches to health and healthcare;
  • Identify and address key research questions to deepen and strengthen projects’ technical and/or methodological underpinnings and outcomes;
  • Help organize conferences and workshops on topics relevant to the project and research questions and/or attend conferences in order to present research findings;
  • Be part of project teams that engage business, government, civil society, and academic institutions in building selected initiatives, developing solutions, and taking those solutions into implementation.




About the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. Established in 1971, the Forum engages leaders from government, business, academia and civil society to work together towards fulfilling its mission of improving the state of the world. Recognizing that no single actor can address systemic issues on its own, the Forum provides a platform for all sectors of society to mobilize and amplify their efforts to create long-term positive impact.


The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network’s vision is to help shape the development and application of emerging technologies for the benefit of humanity. We do this by co-designing, testing and refining governance protocols and policy frameworks to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of advanced science and technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network launched new hubs in China, India and Japan in 2018. In addition to these Forum-led centres, the network is establishing affiliate centres around the world that are managed and operated locally by governments and/or invited academic institutions. Learn more about the Centre here.


About the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University
The Thunderbird School of Global Management is the world’s premier leadership and management school ( Thunderbird empowers and influences global leaders and managers to maximize the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to advance sustainable and equitable prosperity worldwide. As the central global unit of the Arizona State University Enterprise, we judge ourselves not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include.

Thunderbird’s vanguard Master of Global Management Degree was ranked the #1 in the world by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Arizona State University Enterprise has been ranked the #1 University for Innovation by US News & World Report for the past six years. ASU and Thunderbird were recently ranked #1 for global impact with respect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by the Times Higher Education. Consistently among ranked at the very top internationally, Thunderbird Executive Education delivers world-class global enterprise and leadership success development programs all over the world in the full range of modalities from immersive custom corporate to online open enrollment.

Thunderbird is constructing a brand new state of the art global headquarters in the technologically innovative and increasingly cosmopolitan urban center of Phoenix, which is now the 5th largest and fastest growing city in the United States. It has embarked a bold and audacious global expansion with regional centers of excellence around the world from Geneva to Nairobi to Jakarta to Moscow to Sao Paolo to Istanbul which will grow to over twenty worldwide by 2025.

About the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is one of the country's preeminent law schools. Ranked No. 24 nationally by U.S. News & World Report; ASU Law provides comprehensive and personalized legal education through graduate programs with a wide range of courses, popular focus areas, and unique experiences. ASU Law’s world-class faculty and administrators provide students with unparalleled opportunities to gain insights and practical skills needed to address legal challenges locally, nationally, and globally.

The Center for Law, Science and Innovation, which sits within ASU Law, is the largest and oldest academic institute in the United States in addressing the extraordinary legal and regulatory questions triggered by rapid developments in science and technology. The Center has had a program in personalized medicine and law since 1999.

Additional information about the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is available at



Term Period: 24 months


Location: Phoenix, Arizona, with virtual co-location the Forum’s C4IR offices in San Francisco, California


Start Date: 1 August 2021


To Apply: Send the following package to Ms Deborah Relph (


  1. Personal statement (maximum 2 pages) addressing:
    • Your past academic research and relevant work experience;
    • Any involvement in broader impact activities relevant to the scope of the Hoffmann Fellowship (precision or personalized medicine, policy related to AI/ML, healthcare, international research or professional engagements);
    • Why you are interested in the Hoffmann Fellowship and how you envision it furthering your career;
    • How your skills, expertise and networks can help drive forward projects exploring the governance challenges at the intersection of technologies powering precision medicine.
  2. CV
  3. One writing sample, and
  4. Contact information for three references, with at least one reference who can speak to your broader impact activities.



Deadline for applications is: 10 May 2021. 


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and 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, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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