Head of Dept/Professor

Job description

Job no: 503369
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Faculty

Biomedical Engineering Department Head – University of Massachusetts

About UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts 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 seeking candidates who operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community and value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We especially encourage applications from traditionally under-represented groups and individuals with a commitment to mentoring under-represented demographics within engineering. We are committed to helping everyone in our university community reach their full potential by creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.

UMass Amherst is a leader in providing institutional supports for faculty to combine work and family/personal responsibilities, and was listed among the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For,” UMass is in the top 10% of public research-intensive universities in the COACHE survey for making the tenure-track compatible with work-life-family balance. For more information on this balance at UMass Amherst, see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance

Job Description:

The College of Engineering invites applications for Department Head of Biomedical Engineering (BME). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the vision and operations of this newly created department established in 2017. BME has a strong growth trajectory and is aligned and supported by the strategic plan of the College and University. The department represents the core of biomedical engineering research and teaching at UMass, Amherst and leverages synergies with other departments in the College as well as with the new Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS: https://www.umass.edu/ials/). IALS was established by a joint investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the University and manages more than 30 core equipment facilities that enable its translational mission (https://www.umass.edu/ials/core-facilities). The BME Department also collaborates with the UMass Medical School located in Worcester, MA and with Baystate Health located in Springfield, MA.

The College seeks an individual with a commitment to excellence, a desire to work with faculty, students and administration, demonstrated leadership and management abilities, and an understanding of diversity issues and their educational importance. The successful candidate will possess academic credentials of the highest quality, have a strong commitment to teaching and interdisciplinary research, and have an established and widely recognized reputation in the profession.

The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst offers B.S. degrees, M.S. degrees, and Ph.D. degrees in the Departments of Biomedical, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The College is ranked as the best public engineering college in New England and the #31 public engineering graduate program by U.S. News and World Report. The Fall 2018 enrollment included 2,250 undergraduate and 610 graduate students. Research expenditures exceeded $31.5M in the past year. UMass Amherst Engineering is host to 14 research centers and is active in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. The College prides itself on new faculty development and mentoring, with 29 of our current faculty members – 4 in the past year – having received the NSF CAREER awards.


Candidates should be able to hold an appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure in BME. Exceptionally qualified candidates who hold the rank of Associate Professor (or equivalent) will be considered. Applicants must have a PhD (or equivalent) degree in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2020.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should provide the following in their application package addressed to John Klier, Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 9, 2019 and continue until the search is completed. Please apply via the “apply” button with the following materials to complete your application:

  1. A cover letter that contains your Department Head Vision, Mission, Leadership and Philosophy Statement.
  2. A description of teaching and research interests and how your expertise would successfully integrate with the department’s, college’s and university’s strengths;
  3. A statement describing a 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.
  4. Current curriculum vitae.

Note: application will ask for reference information but we will only contact those references of the short list candidates (see below under process).


The steps of the process are as follows:

  • A minimally qualified pool is identified based on requirements of this position.
  • All remaining candidates are evaluated and a long list is identified, whom may be interviewed via zoom/phone/Skype.
  • A shortlist will be developed and invited to interview on campus. Shortlist candidates will be asked for letters of recommendation from up to 5 references. These letters should address among other things the candidate’s track record of leadership and/or potential for excellence in leadership. The committee will request brief abstracts for a research seminar and a seminar discussing future research, teaching, and diversity plans for the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Oct 15 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
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Posted: 10/16/2019
Application Due: 7/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time