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Biomedical Engineering Lecturer Pool

Job Details

Job no: 497216
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Temporary, Part Time, Faculty - Engineering

Department Summary

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at SJSU is home to dynamic BS BME and MS BME programs. Being located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we have developed strong ties and long-standing collaborations with the diverse array of biomedical engineering industries that surround us. While most of our students stay in Silicon Valley upon graduation and contribute actively to the dynamic growth in the Bay Area, a significant portion of our students have enjoyed successful careers around the country and elsewhere. Our rigorous BS and MS curricula were developed in close consultation with our Industry Advisory Council to ensure that our graduates are industry-ready. Many of our classes benefit immensely from the contributions of industry experts who engage our students, share their practical experiences, and frequently teach some of our classes.

The reputation of our educational programs for providing a unique practical approach built on a strong academic foundation continues to attract students. Student enrollment in our BS and MS programs has increased significantly since the department’s inception, with a current total student population of approximately 450. Many of our students are engaged in academic research with faculty in their research labs or work on projects with industry in various capacities.

The full time faculty are all active researchers and continue to successfully attract major funding from federal institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and others. The range of their research interests spans advanced biomaterials, orthopedic applications, 3D printing, microfluidic devices for diagnostics, nanotechnology for drug delivery, and cardiovascular devices, among others.

More information about the SJSU Biomedical Engineering Department can be found at:

Brief Description of Duties

Lecturers in the Biomedical Engineering Department are generally employed on an as-needed basis, to teach one or more classes, including labs. Lecturers are expected to have expertise in the subject matter of the class or lab that they are employed to teach. The regular duties of the lecturer include:

  • Developing all necessary course materials,
  • Delivering synchronous and/or asynchronous lectures for the assigned class, in accordance with standard SJSU practices,
  • Grading course assignments, examinations and project reports, and assigning of appropriate grades in a timely manner at the end of the semester,
  • Enforcing academic policies in the assigned course, such as academic integrity violations and reporting violations to the appropriate authorities,
  • Coordinating the activities of teaching assistants and graders who may have been hired for the assigned course,
  • Posting the final grades in a timely manner at the end of the semester.

The applicant must be committed to teaching at the highest academic and professional caliber, and maintain a student-centric approach at all times, thus contributing to the development of students as productive, responsible, and caring citizens of the world. In particular, applicants must have a strong commitment to: (a) teaching and working with a diverse population of students at the undergraduate and graduate (MS) levels, (b) curricular innovation to complement and further advance the Biomedical Engineering Department’s programs, and (c) laboratory development that will enhance the quality of education and research. Development of externally funded research programs and laboratory capabilities are encouraged.

The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

All Faculty are expected to organize their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have access to this system prior to the semester start date.

Required Qualifications

Candidates are expected to have earned at least a MS degree in Biomedical engineering or a closely related discipline.

Expertise in biomedical electronics, bioinstrumentation, biomedical and clinical imaging, biomechanics, biomaterials, biomedical device design and/or manufacturing, or other areas closely related to biomedical engineering is required.

Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A PhD degree and/or several years of relevant industry or research experience.
  • An ability to evaluate adult learners, as demonstrated for instance by evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic work.

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range - To commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure

This is a continuing open position. Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Expertise, including professional experience, courses you are qualified to teach
  • List of References

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: July 27, 2020 (2:00 PM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Welcome to San José State University!

San José State University is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San José and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest state university in California. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision - a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures, and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning, and research. SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning, with a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service, and the arts.

Located on 154 acres in downtown San José, the university offers the excitement of studying at a large, metropolitan campus where many cultures meet. Yet students find personal attention from faculty members in the smaller setting of the university's eight colleges.

Mission Statement

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, this faculty and staff is dedicated to achieving the University's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California.

To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

Leadership at SJSU

Leadership at San Jose State is defined by a belief that shared decision making and collaborative university governance is at the core of our culture. With this inclusive approach as a guide, President Mohammad H. Qayoumi and the university's leadership promote discussion and engagement among faculty, staff, students and the community to shape and accomplish the goals of San Jose State.

California State University System

San Jose State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University System, the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The 25-member CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the California State University system. See the California State University, Office of the Chancellor website for more information.

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