About the BME Position

The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. A recent philanthropic gift has provided resources to hire several new faculty, rapidly increase the size of the doctoral program, and develop new research foci in the areas of respiratory and pulmonary biomedical engineering.

The department is located in a new, state-of-the-art, 65,000 square foot annex connected to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. The Seamans Center is located centrally on campus and is close to the Colleges of Dentistry, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health.

Our department seeks visionary individuals who are integrating engineering, the biological sciences, and translational medicine to promote scientific discovery and the development of clinical technologies that advance healthcare. We aim to enhance the departments integrative research and educational programs by hiring a core faculty member with research and teaching expertise in the areas of respiratory and pulmonary biomedical engineering.

The rank of assistant professor is targeted, but all ranks will be considered. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering or a related discipline.

We understand the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education, and embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to realize their full potential. We are proud to have been the first public institution that admitted both men and women on an equal basis, the first to admit students regardless of race, and the first to extend benefits to employees’ domestic partners.

Faculty members in the College of Engineering contribute to DEI by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance our understanding of DEI and emphasize the value of global citizenship. As part of the application, applicants are asked to describe their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, research, mentoring, broader impacts, or other professional service. 

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or closely related discipline
  • Desire to develop a research program focusing on respiratory and/or pulmonary biomedical engineering
  • Strong commitment to effective teaching and mentoring students
  • Potential to develop a nationally recognized externally funded research program
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Dedication to a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment of learning and scholarship

  • Ability to teach courses in the biomedical engineering undergraduate and graduate curricula and in the College of Engineering core curriculum
  • Expertise in respiratory and/or pulmonary biomedical engineering with research experience demonstrated by relevant publications
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Evidence of ability to attract research funding
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse groups of students

Applicants will be asked to include the following components in their application:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position;
  • A current CV;
  • Name and contact information for three references;
  • A representative research publication; and
  • Three equally important supporting statements:
    • Commitment to DEI Statement: Describe your past, current, and/or future contributions to DEI, and how your research, teaching, mentoring and/or professional service activities have (or will) advance DEI and promote social justice.
    • Teaching Statement: Explain your teaching philosophy, and a plan for maintaining continuous improvement in teaching and mentoring.
    • Research Statement:  Explain your research philosophy, and present your plan for establishing and maintaining a recognized and well-funded research program. 

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.

Please feel free to email the search chair, James Ankrum, with any questions.

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