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Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Openings

(updated October 26, 2018)


Vanderbilt University Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) seeks candidates for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice, in the general areas of biomedical instrumentation and medical device signals and systems. The target start date is July 2019. The primary responsibilities of this position will be teaching core courses as part of our redesigned undergraduate curriculum, with additional opportunities to contribute to and lead new departmental initiatives such as an industrial internship program or a proposed Master of Engineering program in BME. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in an engineering discipline. Candidates with a M.S. degree and extensive teaching and/or industrial experience will also be considered. Experience with the medical device industry is preferred, and candidates with professional licensure are encouraged to apply.

Devoted, creative, and highly effective undergraduate education is a VU priority and support for impactful initiatives is an ongoing institutional focus. BME shares this institutional commitment to undergraduate teaching. Our recent curriculum redesign was informed by the changing dynamics of learner career objectives and the evolving scope of the biomedical engineering profession. Thus, we seek candidates that are devoted to BME education and engage learners as an instructor, mentor, and resource for professional advancement. Established in 1968, VU BME is a pioneer among biomedical engineering programs, nurtures a vibrant, successful professional community, and is consistently ranked among the top 25 BME departments nationally. With a metro population of approximately 1.6 million people, Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, was ranked as the #1 most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine, and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years. Major industries include health care management, music production, tourism, printing and publishing, manufacturing technology, higher education, finance, insurance, and automobile production.

Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally renowned research institution located in vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. Recently ranked 14th among national universities, Vanderbilt has a student body of over 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including more than 25% minority students and 10.5% international students from 84 countries. The School of Engineering currently comprises 101 tenured and tenure-track faculty, operates with an annual budget of $100 million and teaches 1,400 undergraduate and over 500 graduate students.

We invite submission to this position at Application materials must include: 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) teaching statement that includes teaching and mentoring history and philosophy, highlighting potential synergies within the BME department, such as new courses or internship/degree programs, and 4) names and contact information of three professional references, preferably that speak directly to previous and potential success in teaching and mentoring. Review of applications will begin upon receipt, and applications received by December 15, 2018 will receive full consideration. Please address questions to the search committee chair, Prof. W. David Merryman at  

Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.