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Associate/Full Professor UMass - Biomedical Engineering

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Job no: 510517
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Engineering

About UMass Amherst

UMass 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 looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse faculty and student community, and who value collegiality, collaboration, achievement, and integrity. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentor under-represented demographics within engineering. We are committed to helping all constituents reach their full potential, creating best-in-practice operations to support faculty scholarship and fostering excellence in student experiences inside and outside our department.

Job Description

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst invites applications for one (or potentially more) senior faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the broad area of Biomedical Engineering. The appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2022.

Founded in 2017, the Department of Biomedical Engineering ( currently has 11 full-time faculty members, 18 Ph.D. students, and 310 undergraduate students. Research expenditures in the 2020-2021 fiscal year exceeded $1.9M. The Department has outstanding research programs in the areas of Biomechanics, Biomaterials, and Bioinstrumentation. The department includes broad opportunities for collaboration within and outside of the department.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is invested in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment. Please see more information about our efforts ( We highly encourage applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Biomedical Engineering to apply.


The candidates are expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses; supervise graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; contribute significantly to the advancement of basic science and engineering, as evidenced by scholarly publications; develop a nationally recognized program of sponsored research; and have a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or related fields. The successful candidates should possess academic credentials of the highest quality and have a strong record of teaching, research, extramural funding, service, and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional Information

The Department of Biomedical Engineering represents the core of biomedical engineering research and teaching at UMass, Amherst and will leverage synergies with other departments in the College as well as with the new Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS:, which was established in 2014 with an investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the University. IALS manages more than 30 core equipment facilities to enable its translational mission ( There are also avenues for collaboration with the UMass Chan Medical School (UMCMS) located in Worcester, MA, and Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. The successful candidates may choose to establish the research lab on the UMCMS campus.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applications should be received by December 15, 2021 to ensure full consideration. Applicants should submit a file that includes:

  • A cover letter, addressed to Dr. Yu Chen, chair of the search committee, clearly indicating how their expertise and vision will help shape the BME department
  • A four-page (maximum) NIH-style biosketch indicating current position and title, education and training, personal statement, positions and honors, contributions to science (including a link to the full list of peer-reviewed publications), and any prior research support
  • A five-page (maximum) research statement outlining your research interests, accomplishments, and future goals; describing how your expertise could potentially integrate with current department research activities, and where relevant, university research activities; and including plans for securing extramural funding
  • A two-page (maximum) teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy, relevant experience, and what undergraduate and graduate courses you might offer or develop
  • A two-page (maximum) statement about equity, diversity and inclusion (DEI) as they relate to the faculty role in teaching, research and/or service. Specifically, the search committee is looking for indicators of commitment to DEI and what resources would be required to successfully implement teaching and research programs incorporating DEI.
  • Names and contact information for at least three professional references

Please apply via the “Apply now” button below.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Oct 7 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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