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Assistant Professor - Biomedical Engineering/IALS

Apply now Job no: 506812
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts (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.

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we are looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.


Job Description

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME: and the Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS: at UMass Amherst are seeking a tenure-track faculty member in any area of Biomedical Engineering who will establish a research program with translational potential. While we are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position, under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2021.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a part of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, an interdisciplinary translational catalyst on campus that also manages a diverse array of centralized core equipment facilities (

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is invested in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment. Please see more information about our efforts ( We highly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Biomedical Engineering to apply.



The successful candidate should have earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or related fields by August 31, 2021. The candidate must have the interest and ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; contribute significantly to the advancement of science and engineering and develop a nationally recognized program of sponsored research.


Additional Information

The Department of Biomedical Engineering was established in 2017 and currently has 13 faculty members and over 300 students. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to help shape the vision for this new department. The Department of Biomedical Engineering represents the core of biomedical engineering research and teaching at UMass Amherst and the faculty members have vibrant collaborations with other departments and IALS. The faculty members also closely collaborate with individuals at the UMass Medical School located in Worcester, MA and Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.

The Institute of Applied Life Sciences was established in 2014 with an investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the University. IALS manages more than 30 core equipment facilities to enable its translational mission. IALS combines interdisciplinary expertise of more than 200 faculty members from 29 departments across the UMass Amherst campus with innovative industry and government relationships.


Application Instructions

Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applications should be received by January 15, 2021 to ensure full consideration.  Applicants should submit a file that includes:

  • A cover letter, addressed to Drs. Jenna Marquard and Yu Chen, co-chairs of the search committee, clearly indicating how your expertise and vision will help shape the BME department and contribute to the mission of IALS
  • A four-page (maximum) NIH-style biosketch indicating current position and title, education and training, personal statement, positions and honors, contributions to science (including a link to the full list of peer-reviewed publications), and any prior research support
  • A research statement outlining your research interests, accomplishments, and future goals; describing how your expertise could potentially integrate with current department research activities, and where relevant, university research activities; and including plans for securing extramural funding
  • A teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, relevant experience, and what undergraduate and graduate courses you might offer or develop
  • A statement about equity, diversity and inclusion as they relate to the faculty role in teaching, research and/or service. Specifically, the search committee is looking for indicators of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the different ways this might be demonstrated, such as in research and scholarship, teaching, mentorship, service and engagement, skill building and personal growth, and personal background experiences
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references

Please apply via the “Apply now” button below.



The steps of the process are as follows:

  • A minimally qualified pool is identified.
  • All remaining candidates are evaluated, and a long list is identified, which will be interviewed via a brief (15 minutes) video conference.
  • A shortlist will be developed and the finalists will be invited for formal interviews.


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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