Assistant Professor in Bioengineering #605141

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Dec 04, 2020
Full time   Engineering & Applied Sciences Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position to build on the unit’s commitment to fostering interdisciplinary research that can address challenges facing our society and innovate through a balance of fundamental and translational research.

Exceptional candidates in the broad areas of Bioengineering and Biomedical engineering, with research interests that complement our existing strengths in biomechanics, computational cardiovascular fluid mechanics, medical devices, and biomaterials are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus in bone mechanics, orthopedic injury, machine learning and artificial intelligence, bio-robotics and surgical robotics, whole body biomechanics and prosthesis, biomechanical modeling and experimentation, bio-interfaces and bio-sensors.  Individuals with experience in theory, modeling, computation, experimentation or a combination thereof, with research interests in the specified areas, and in other emerging areas are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, or in a closely related field. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for high-quality scholarship and for growing, a self-sustained, extramurally funded research program.

The successful candidate will: develop and maintain an independent, nationally-recognized research program supported by extramural funding; have the vision and capabilities to lead interdisciplinary, multi-institution, and industrially-supported research projects; publish and present research findings in high impact journals and meetings; contribute to the teaching mission of the department, including mentoring of undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows; develop undergraduate and graduate courses to support existing and new degree programs, and  perform service for the department, university, and profession.

 Salary: Commensurate to qualifications and experience.

 Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled or closed. Only applications received by the review begin date are assured full consideration.


NAU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum qualifications for the rank of tenure track Assistant Professor:

  • D. or Sc.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, or in a closely related area conferred before August 16, 2021


Preferred Qualifications:


In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicants will be evaluated on the following preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise in biomechanics, computational cardiovascular fluid mechanics, biomedical engineering, and biomaterials
  • Established record of scholarly productivity, as evidenced by scholarly publications in high profile journals and strong potential to build on this record
  • Established record of competitiveness for extramural funding and the promise of future ability to secure funding
  • University-level teaching experience with evidence of effectiveness and promise of future excellence
  • Demonstrated experience with and commitment to effectively working with others from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Effective communication skills.

Application Details

How to apply:

Applications must include: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests/achievements; (5) a diversity statement; (6) names and contact information for three references; (7) copies of transcripts; and (8) if available, examples of teaching effectiveness. Submit all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF file and apply through:, select Faculty and administrator openings, select the appropriate job title, and then select "Apply" on that page. Attach your single PDF file to your application. Only complete application packets submitted through the NAU HR portal will be reviewed.


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