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Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description:

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for a lecturer to teach core undergraduate biomedical engineering courses and advise senior design projects.

The position calls for an experienced instructor with expertise in developing and teaching labs for undergraduate education in Biomedical Engineering, with preference for engineering experimentation. A background in cell and or tissue culture is helpful. Further responsibilities include coordination of industry-sponsored capstone design projects. It is desirable to have a person who can add to diversity and inclusiveness through active engagement with underrepresented minorities, women, and international students in the department. Full-time teaching faculty typically teach six courses per year and have service obligations. This is an academic-year appointment with teaching responsibilities for 9 months of the year.



  • Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Engineering with preference given to biomedical-related disciplines and have evidence of college level or university level teaching experience.
  • Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Prior experience with courses that have a lab component.
  • Experience with large class sizes.
  • Teaching of basic biomedical engineering courses and laboratories.
  • Student recruitment and advising.
  • Curriculum development  .
  • Use of modern pedagogical approaches (i.e. flipped classroom, team-based learning). The candidates are expected to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in biomedical engineering including the areas of cell and molecular biology, engineering mechanics, biomedical engineering laboratory techniques, senior design, and are expected to advise senior design projects.


Additional Information:

The Department of Biomedical Engineering was established in 2017. Thus, successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape the growth of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.


Application Instructions:

Applications will be considered until the positions are filled; however, applications should be received by February 29, 2020 to ensure full consideration.  Applicants should submit a single PDF file that includes a cover letter clearly indicating how their teaching background will meet the needs of the department, a four-page curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of teaching experience, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and style, and names and contact information for at least three professional references. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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