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Faculty Employment Opportunities

--updated September 13, 2017

Biomedical Engineering (1) | Civil & Environmental Engineering (1) | Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (2)  Mechanical Engineering (1)

Vanderbilt University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer that aspires to become a leader among peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of women and members of underrepresented minority groups. 

Ranked in the top 14 nationally, Vanderbilt University is a private, internationally recognized research university located on 330 park-like acres 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Its 10 distinct schools share a single cohesive campus that nurtures interdisciplinary activities. The university has a student body of over 12,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including 36% minority students and over 1,100 international students from 84 countries.  The School of Engineering currently comprises 96 tenured and tenure-track faculty, operates with an annual budget of over $100 million, including $70 million from externally funded research, and serves over 1,400 undergraduate and nearly 500 graduate students. In the 2017 rankings of graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report, the School ranks in the top three among programs with fewer than 100 faculty (behind Caltech and Harvard) and has risen steadily in the rankings over the past decade.

With a metro population rapidly approaching two million people, Nashville's cost of living is 4.5% lower than the national average. Nashville was named the “It” city by Time magazine, one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine, and listed as a top destination by Frommer's, Travel + Leisure and Men's Health magazines. Major industries include education and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; leisure and hospitality; government; manufacturing; financial activities; construction; and information.



Vanderbilt University (VU) Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) seeks candidates to join our productive, diverse, and interdisciplinary tenure-track faculty broadly in the research areas of biomaterials, drug delivery, synthetic biology, regenerative engineering, or gene therapy and editing.  Preference will be given to candidates to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, however outstanding candidates at higher ranks will be considered.  Ideal candidates will establish a vibrant, externally-funded research program, teach and interact with students at all levels, and work collaboratively with other Vanderbilt faculty. The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate with a cluster of faculty working across all areas of cellular and molecular bioengineering housed in the new Engineering and Science Building (ESB). The ESB opened in 2017 and is designed to promote interdisciplinary, translational, and entrepreneurial activities.  

VU BME is consistently ranked in the top 25 BME departments nationally and is fueled by the physical proximity with our top 10 School of Medicine.  The School of Medicine, ranked at number 8 in total grant support from the NIH (more than $340 million in 2016), contributes to Vanderbilt University and Medical Center federally funded research expenditures that are in excess of $648 million.  

We invite applications for this position at  Application materials must include a cover letter with names and contact information of at least three references, a CV, a research plan highlighting synergies within the Vanderbilt community, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applications received by November 1, 2017 will receive full consideration.  Please address questions to Prof. Craig Duvall at BMEDeptFacultySearch@Vanderbilt.Edu



Vanderbilt University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is seeking candidates to fill an open-rank faculty position commencing Fall 2018.  Appointments at the assistant professor level are anticipated but higher ranks may be considered for truly outstanding candidates.  The department, school and university are fully committed in its research and teaching mission and in this search to diversity, inclusion, and equity.  The successful candidate(s) in this search will have research expertise in water resources pertaining to civil and environmental engineering, including field experimentation and data collection, distributed sensor networks, and quantitative analyses and modeling.  The quality of the planet’s waters is changing on time scales of minutes to centuries in ways that are only partially understood. Unprecedented opportunities to advance breakthrough science and engineering in water resources are now possible because of technological and scientific advances in chemical analytical instrumentation, remote sensing and geophysical techniques, computational and hydrologic and nutrient/contaminant transport modeling, and sensors.  Synergy with the departmental and school interdisciplinary research thrust areas and grand challenges is essential. 

The School of Engineering provides a unique, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research environment that spans a wide range of topics.  New trans-institutional programs are creating opportunities for research on issues of broad significance that create and extend collaborations across multiple fields.  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, Center for Environmental Management Studies, Center for Transportation Operations and Resiliency, and Graduate Studies in Reliability and Risk Engineering and Management.  The newly announced Materials Durability and Environmental Research Facilities Hub, which was recently awarded as part of Vanderbilt’s $50M Transinstitutional Programs investment initiative, will provide core facilities for researchers to study the performance and durability of natural and engineered materials and systems exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions.

The successful candidate will carry out high-impact independent research and collaborate effectively with researchers within and beyond the department, as well as with other institutions. Successful candidates are also expected to develop an externally funded, nationally recognized research program.  Additionally, the successful candidate will seek to integrate discovery and learning with a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Teaching responsibilities will include core civil and environmental engineering courses, as well as new courses that are created in his or her area of specialization.  The successful candidate(s) will have earned a Ph.D. in a related discipline at the time of the appointment.  

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 regarding the position or the online application procedure, send an email to  Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2017 or until the position is filled. 



THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE (EECS) AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY is seeking candidates for a tenured/tenure-track (T/TK) faculty position in computer science. We prefer to fill the position at the assistant professor rank, but candidates of all ranks will be considered. Successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to develop and grow vigorous programs of externally funded research. The areas of focus for this search are Big Data/Data Science/AI. We seek world-class expertise in broadly defined areas of data science, machine learning, data mining, visualization, computer vision, and/or artificial intelligence. The Vanderbilt CS program provides a unique, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research environment. New trans-institutional programs are creating opportunities for research on issues of broad significance that create and extend collaborations across multiple fields.

Five-year average T/TK faculty funding in the EECS Department is above $800k per year. All junior faculty members hired during the past 15 years have received prestigious young investigator awards, such as NSF CAREER and DARPA CSSG. 

Applications should be submitted on-line at: For more information, please visit our web site:   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2017 with telephone interviews beginning December 1, 2017.  The final application deadline is January 15, 2018.


The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Vanderbilt University invites applicants for a professor of the practice or lecturer of computer science position with a target start date of Spring or Fall 2018. Primary responsibilities are to teach three core computer science courses ranging from introductory to upper-division per semester. Ideal qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in computer science or related discipline and prior experience teaching computer science. This is a term appointment, eligible for renewal, contingent on performance. The computer science program at Vanderbilt is growing, is committed to teaching and research excellence, and includes a number of professors of the practice and lecturers who are fully integrated into EECS faculty operations.

Applications should include a full CV, statement of teaching experience and interests, as well as names and email addresses of three references. These should be submitted to Professor Dan Fleetwood, Chair of the EECS Department, at: For questions regarding the position, send an email to: Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.



The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track faculty position to begin in the fall of 2018. Applications will be considered for positions at all ranks commensurate with qualifications. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with research experience and interests in medical and rehabilitation robotics.   

The School of Engineering strives for an active culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber, skilled in scholarship and teaching. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty members with reputations for excellence in research fields including nanoengineering, rehabilitation engineering, and medical robotics, with an annual research expenditure of $7.5 million. The department encourages interdisciplinary research and the faculty is affiliated with 8 cross-campus research centers. The School of Engineering is immediately adjacent to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which greatly facilitates collaboration between the schools of engineering and medicine. Successful candidates are expected to (1) teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) establish vigorous research programs with extramural funds, and (3) contribute to synergistic efforts within the School of Engineering.   Applications consisting of a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and the addresses of at least three references (include email address) should be submitted at:




Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt is a private, coeducational university with approximately 6,700 undergraduates and 5,200 graduate and professional students. 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.