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Biomedical Engineering Department Chair

The Department Chair (Department Executive Officer - DEO) reports directly to the Dean of the College and is a tenured full professor charged with providing strategic and operational leadership that promotes excellence in the faculty missions of research, education, and service. This charge includes working with faculty to develop the department’s vision and execute the department’s strategic plan. The DEO also provides leadership in the areas of faculty recruitment, development, and retention, mentoring of junior faculty, overall quality improvement, and budget management. 

The department chair works collaboratively with the Dean, Associate Deans, other department chairs, faculty, program directors, and staff to advance education, scholarship, and service in a culture that promotes participation, collegiality, professionalism, and excellence. The department chair leads innovation in curriculum and educational programs, promotes research, and oversees service in a manner that meets program goals and supports the vision, mission and strategic plan of the department, college, and university. The department chair also serves as an important communication link between the department and other units of the college and university.  

Our next chair steps into an exciting time of change in the college, with a new financial management plan, and unbridled opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues in our research centers, liberal arts, and medicine. Candidates should have the ability to engage our faculty and students in a vision for the department’s future that takes advantage of our many opportunities. Our college looks forward to growing over the next few years through our substantial strategic hiring initiative

Candidates must have a have a doctorate in engineering, an active and successful research program in biomedical engineering or related field, and qualifications commensurate with an appointment as a tenured, full professor in our College of Engineering. (Candidates with equivalent qualifications for appointment as a tenured, full professor will also be considered). 

We are looking for a leader that understands the mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and works with faculty and staff to promote that mission.

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a strong scholarly and teaching record that merits an appointment to Full Professor at the University of Iowa;
  • Possess a vision for the department to lead within the changing environment of new technologies, translational research and funding;
  • Possess demonstrated leadership in advancing a vision of inclusiveness and collegiality;
  • Demonstrate scholarly relevancy in the field of biomedical engineering; 
  • Possess excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills that promote transparency, respect, effective problem resolution, and ethical decision-making;
  • Be committed to working with and mentoring diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • Be committed to shared governance and the promotion of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environment.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Evidence of innovative and visionary leadership for growth of the department leading to new discoveries, development of new technologies, and inventions;
  • Potential to strengthen the research profile of the department through aligned or complimentary research activity;
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships across academic disciplines;
  • Ability to recruit, develop, and retain productive and diverse faculty, support and promote excellence in faculty research to support high-impact publications and grants and educational endeavors, encourage and guide mentorship of faculty, conduct assessments of faculty and staff;
  • Potential to foster a supportive, collaborative, and inclusive learning and research environment for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Ability to negotiate and work collaboratively and effectively with multiple stakeholders to develop and execute the department’s vision and strategic plan, integrate the department’s vision, plan, and goals with those of the college and university, and promote the department by engaging alumni, industrial representatives, and the broader community;
  • Record of active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and peer-reviewed publications.

The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Iowa is one of six academic units housed within the College of Engineering (CoE). The permanent faculty of the department includes 17 tenured/tenure track faculty and 3 instructional track faculty. There are approximately 350 undergraduate students, 50 funded graduate Ph.D. students, and a diverse team of master’s students, postdoctoral researchers, professional and administrative staff. Strengths of the department include a large undergraduate and graduate program, a history of successful collaboration with a tertiary teaching hospital and College of Medicine, and the Roy J. Carver endowment to support graduate students, development of laboratory space and faculty. The department has varied funding sources through the NSF, DoD, NIH, foundations, and corporate entities in research grants and contracts. Departmental faculty enjoy strong collaborative relationships with colleges across campus, including the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as strong industrial and government research collaborations. Our faculty are integrated into several interdisciplinary research centers, particularly the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa Institute for Human Genetics, the Institute for Vision Research, the Iowa Technology Institute, the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, Iowa Neuroscience Institute, Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research – Hydroscience and Engineering, and the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging. Further information about the department can be found at:

The University of Iowa’s status as a premier research university depends on the robust exchange of ideas. The university understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education. We embrace our shared responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members can unlock their own potential. Faculty in the College of Engineering contribute to DEI by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that challenge the status quo, cultivate empathy, seek out diverse perspectives, and value global citizenship. 

Candidates should submit applications via the online jobs portal. You will be asked to upload a curriculum vitae (CV) and a letter outlining your interest in and vision for the position, and attributes and relevant experience that make you suited for this position. Clear evidence of research experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion can be represented in the cover letter, CV, or separate documents.

Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Prof. Terry Braun ( or Dr. Erwei Bai (, the search committee chairs.  

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. 

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