Endowed Chair in Medical Biophysics

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Endowed Chair in Medical Biophysics

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Oct 26, 2021

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, in collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering and Prisma Health, invites applications to become the founding holder of the Dr. Waenard L. Miller, Jr. ’69 and Sheila M. Miller Endowed Chair in Medical Biophysics, a tenured faculty position at the full professor level.

The inaugural holder of the Dr. Waenard L. Miller, Jr. ’69 and Sheila M. Miller Endowed Chair in Medical Biophysics, will support Clemson University’s effort to attain international prominence in Medical Biophysics by joining an interdisciplinary team with excellence in molecular and cellular biophysics, radiation medical physics, biomedical devices, nanomedicine, and bioinformatics.

The Dr. Waenard L. Miller, Jr. ’69 and Sheila M. Miller Endowed Chair in Medical Biophysics will also have the opportunity to enhance collaboration across existing centers of excellence within the University (SC TRIMH, EPIC, the CUBEInc, SCBioCRAFT, the Clemson University School of Health Research, and the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics) and establish active collaborations with physician-scientists and clinical partners at Prisma Health.

The successful applicant will build a vibrant and diverse group of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers at Clemson University committed to bridging basic and clinical research. Clemson University is eager to complement existing strengths in:

  1. structure/function/dynamics relationship of biological macromolecules,
  2. single molecule to cellular biophysics,
  3. enabling technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic, and biomedical devices and instruments,
  4. developing clinically relevant therapeutic strategies (particularly nanomedicine, radiation therapy and targeted drug selection and design).

Scholars in all fields of medical biophysics will be given consideration.

As one of the top public land grant research universities in the nation, Clemson University attracts and powerfully unites students and faculty whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. Having both the top Carnegie designation (Research Very High) and ranked among the best national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson excels in teaching, research, and service and harnesses the power of convergence as we tackle some of tomorrow’s grand challenges and prepare the next generation of thought leaders. Our Colleges and Research office are committed to supporting interdisciplinary research teams so that the scholarship of our researchers is bounded only by their curiosity.

Our main campus, located in Upstate South Carolina, sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. Clemson offers a wonderful standard of living, close proximity to two major cities (Atlanta and Charlotte), and a commitment to facilitating dual career couples. Nearby Greenville, SC regularly ranks among the most innovative and livable mid-size cities in the United States. State of the art wet-lab space is available at Prisma Hospital providing opportunity for regular interaction with clinician-scientists. Clemson University also provides access and support to the Palmetto Cluster – a high performance computing resource ranked 9th among academic institutions. The Clemson Light Imaging Facility and the Clemson Electron Microscopy Facility provide researchers access to world-class microscopy services including the SU9000 – the world’s most advanced SEM/STEM. Boasting a resolution 0.4 nm @ 30 kV, this facility is capable of analyzing beam sensitive soft materials at high resolutions due to its relative low energy. Clemson University recently established an interdisciplinary MS degree program in Medical Biophysics; a Medical Physics PhD program is pending approval by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.  These new graduate programs will provide the candidate with the opportunity to teach and mentor students from numerous departments across campus.   Clemson University is also investing in faculty hires in health innovation – one of the pillars of our strategic plan. In addition, our BS-MS partnership with South Carolina State University provides an excellent pathway to recruit underserved students into one’s research group.


The successful applicant will have an internationally recognized research program in Medical Biophysics with a well-established track record of external funding, scholarly achievement, student mentorship, productive collaborations with clinicians, and commitment to inclusive excellence.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy (including how you envision your role in broadening participation in STEM) to Interolfio (http://apply.interfolio.com/97767). A list of professionals that can be contacted will be requested from finalists for the position.

Review of applications will begin on January 3rd and continue until the position is filled.  

Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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