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Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally renowned research university located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. The School of Engineering currently comprises 90 tenured and tenure-track faculty, operates with an annual budget of over $100 million including $72 million of externally funded research.  It provides world-class instruction and mentoring for over 1,300 undergraduate and over 450 graduate students. The School of Engineering over the past decade has been on a strong upward trajectory in its national and international stature and prominence, and is entering a period of growth in terms of faculty and facilities. In the 2015 rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the School ranks 3rd among programs with fewer than 100 faculty.

With a metro population of approximately 1.73 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine and was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine. Forbes magazine rated Nashville as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years and as the third most creative city behind Boston, Mass. and just ahead of Austin, Tex. Major industries include tourism, printing and publishing, manufacturing, music production, higher education, finance, insurance, automobile production and health care management. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University (VUBME) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. VUBME seeks an outstanding candidate who can add to existing strengths in translational research working at the interface between surgery and engineering. This search is closely associated the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (, which is an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional center whose mission is the creation, development, implementation, clinical evaluation and translation of methods, devices, algorithms, and systems designed to facilitate interventional processes and their outcome. The center offers an extensive array of unique interventional instrumentation, spatial localization systems, interventional imaging and therapeutic delivery devices, medical robotic prototypes, modeling and image analysis platforms, and multi-scale device fabrication facilities. While the core faculty of ViSE span three engineering departments and nearly a dozen surgical and interventional specialties, this particular search is focused for an exceptional candidate to be appointed within the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Candidates with strengths in interventional medical imaging, medical image processing & computer vision, intraoperative diagnostics for surgery, modeling for simulation and interventional/surgical processes, instrumentation and surgical devices/systems for image-guided delivery, and clinically-ready localized drug delivery platforms, are also of particular interest. Outstanding candidates applicable to established strengths in regenerative nanobioengineering, microphysiological systems engineering, biomedical photonics, and medical imaging will also be considered. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop a vibrant, externally funded research program, along with an equal commitment to outstanding teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This opportunity is part of a trans-institutional programmatic thrust on 'Healthcare Solutions' and leverages an institutional effort for a more integrated relationship between Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

VUBME ( exists at both the scientific and geographic boundary of Vanderbilt's engineering and clinical departments of its renowned medical center, making it an ideal location for engineering research at the interface of technology and surgical/interventional medicine.

Applications should be submitted electronically here and must include: a cover letter with names and contact information of at least three references, a CV, a statement of research interests (of particular important is how the candidate will leverage clinical interactions), and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applications received prior to 01 November 2014 will receive priority in evaluation. Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the cultural and intellectual diversity of its faculty.

Professor Michael I. Miga, PhD
Chair, BME Faculty Search Committee
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Box 351631, Station B
Nashville, TN 37235





Vanderbilt University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is seeking candidates to fill a tenure-track faculty position commencing Fall 2015. An appointment at the assistant professor level is anticipated but higher ranks may be considered for truly outstanding candidates. The successful candidate will have research expertise in big data science and analytics pertaining to risk and reliability in civil and environmental systems engineering including the urban built environment, intelligent energy and transportation infrastructure systems, and the security and sustainability of cyber-physical civil structures and infrastructure. Synergy with the departmental ( and school ( interdisciplinary research thrust areas is essential.

Faculty from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering lead several thriving research centers and institutes including the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation, Institute for Energy and Environment, and Graduate Studies in Reliability and Risk Engineering and Management. The addition of the new 20,000 square feet Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability for full-scale testing offers a unique opportunity for bringing together computational and physical experiments to help solve major problems in energy, security, and other areas of importance to society.

The successful candidate will carry out high-impact independent research and collaborate effectively with researchers within and beyond the department. Successful candidates are also expected to develop an externally funded, nationally recognized research program. The successful candidate also will have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching responsibilities will include core civil and/or environmental engineering courses, as well as advanced courses in his or her area of specialization. Candidates must have an earned Ph.D.

Applications should be submitted online at Applications should include (i) vitae and publication list, (ii) statement of research, (iii) statement of teaching, and (iv) four references. For questions or problems with the online application procedure, send an email to Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2014 or until the position is filled.





The Department of Mechanical Engineering ( at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a faculty position to begin in the fall of 2015. Applications will be considered for positions at all ranks commensurate with qualifications. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related field.

We are particularly seeking candidates with research interests in rehabilitation engineering. The School of Engineering and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (within the School of Medicine) at Vanderbilt are in the process of establishing an interdisciplinary research program with the mission of collaboratively pursuing the development of innovative methodologies, interventions, and assistive devices to improve the quality of care and quality of life for persons with physical disabilities. The collaborative program will occupy dedicated space that will physically integrate resources and personnel from engineering and medicine such that technological innovation will be thoroughly informed by clinical expertise. We are seeking candidates who will work within this collaborative center, and in particular will pursue innovative and impactful research toward the development of assistive or therapeutic devices or methods that improve functional or health outcomes of individuals with physical disabilities, including but not limited to individuals with stroke, spinal cord injury, MS, CP, or limb loss.

Successful candidates will be expected to build a strong, externally-funded research program and make significant contributions to the Department's research activities. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a student body of approximately 300 undergraduates and 50 Ph.D. students, and candidates should have a marked interest in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. Applications consisting of a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and the addresses of four references (include email address) should be submitted on-line at


Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt is a private, coeducational university with approximately 6,700 undergraduates and 5,200 graduate and professional students. Vanderbilt University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.