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Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering -- Radiochemistry

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Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering -- Radiochemistry

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Open Date:
Oct 27, 2023

The Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) Department at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), is seeking an exceptionally qualified candidate for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Biomedical Engineering at the rank of Associate Professor. This position is expected to have a strong commitment to teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, demonstrate research capabilities that will enable the development of robust externally funded research programs, and produce archival publications in leading scholarly journals. It is expected that the candidate will develop graduate courses in the area of radiochemistry to complement the departmental growth. 

Research interests and teaching expertise should be closely related to the following areas:

1.  The development and use of radioisotopes in all related fields, such as but not limited to, radiochemistry, isotope production, and chemical modification of isotopes.

2.  Translational research related to the field of radiochemistry such as but not limited to, radiopharmaceutical development, radioanalytical methods development, and preclinical imaging.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a Carnegie R1 institution and the state’s comprehensive, land grant, research institution. The Tickle College of Engineering is undergoing a period of substantial growth in both physical infrastructure and research expenditures, and it is ranked in the top 21st percentile of public graduate programs in engineering.

The Tickle College of Engineering is undergoing an unprecedented period of growth and success and anticipates adding over 30 new faculty over the next three years as part of ambitious cluster hiring campaigns lead by Chancellor Donde Plowman and Dean Matthew Mench. The college has set records in research expenditures, enrollment, incoming student GPA, diversity, and intellectual property development for two years running. New facilities include the state-of-the art Zeanah Engineering Complex, the University of Tennessee Manufacturing and Design Enterprise (TN-MADE) facility, and the Innovation South building now under construction that will house UT’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF). TCE currently has 185 T/TT and 67 NTT faculty in its seven academic departments and offers 12 undergraduate, 16 MS, and 15 PhD degree programs. Affiliated with TCE and located in Tullahoma, Tennessee, the UT Space Institute is a hub of aerospace and defense research. The college is also home to eight research centers and three interdisciplinary institutes. With approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students, the college sits 31st among public universities in the most recent U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings. Faculty in the college have won 21 early career awards (NSF, DoE, DARPA, AFOSR, and ARO) since 2016. In FY22, the college had NSF HERD research expenditures of $109 million.

The MABE Department currently has 45 tenured or tenure-track faculty as well as 7 Lecturers, 9 Research Professors, and a Professor of Practice. There are 1,331 undergraduate and 182 graduate students pursuing degrees at all levels in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or biomedical engineering ( The department research expenditures are $19M this year.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Extensive opportunities for collaborative research and development exist within the Knoxville area and at UTK. There are opportunities for collaborations with faculty from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, and other academic units. The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge complex, which includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (, is located 25 miles from the university campus. Researchers at ORNL are very interested in collaborating with the University of Tennessee’s engineering faculty. Additional opportunities for collaborative research exist at the University of Tennessee Space Institute ( nearby in Tullahoma, TN. This position could be an excellent opportunity for younger faculty to launch their careers or for experienced faculty members to join an excellent team. 


Candidates should have a current rank of Associate Professor, advanced Assistant Professor or at least four years of post-Ph.D./MD experience in the relevant fields at the time of appointment with strong leadership potential.

A Ph.D. in radiochemistry, or a related field, is required. Applicants with industrial experience and a suitable academic background are also welcomed.


Application Instructions:

Anticipated start date of the new position is August 1, 2024. Salary is commensurate with the position and experience of the applicant. Review of applications will begin 12/2023 and continue until position is filled. Applicants must include 1) a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant's research and teaching goals and objectives 2) a comprehensive curriculm vitae 3) a statement of research and teaching interests 4) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least five professional references when applying. Please reach out to Dr. Jindong Tan for inquiries at


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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