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Assistant Professor in Biomechanics

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Engineering, Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level effective August 2021. Those with expertise in biomechanics as well as broader scholarly interests in theoretical, computational, and/or experimental methods to investigate biological systems at any scale are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will be responsible for developing a strong externally sponsored research program, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentoring students. Some of the primary responsibilities include, developing and maintaining a nationally and internationally recognized research program, publishing in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, obtaining sponsored funding in support of research programs, teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in the department's programs, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in departmental, college, and university committees, collaborating in research projects with other faculty from BEAM, as well as with faculty from other departments within the College of Engineering, the university, and the scientific community, serving the profession through relevant professional activities.

BEAM is an interdisciplinary department with faculty having broad interests spanning engineering, science, mathematics, and medicine. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering and in engineering mechanics, and currently has 42 faculty, a new undergraduate biomedical engineering program, and nearly 200 graduate students. The department and its School for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) combine the strengths of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Further information can be found at

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, engineering mechanics, or a closely related discipline, prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience leading projects beyond graduate school is preferred.

Appointment Type


Review Date

February 10, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. 

Qualified applicants must electronically submit their application materials including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three separate statements (research interests, teaching interests and philosophy, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; limited to three pages each), and contact information for at least three professional references.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech, a public land-grant university founded in 1872, is committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. It is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University (USN&WR) and a Top 50 Public Research University (National Science Foundation). Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.  Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live.  In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024. 

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service missions through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Cristina Rosa Castaner at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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