Director and Chairperson of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Research Institute

West Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 10, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description: Marshall University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Biomedical Engineering Research Institute (Institute) and Founding Chairperson of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (Department). We seek an outstanding researcher and educator who is a visionary leader to lead and grow the new research and educational biomedical engineering endeavor at Marshall University.

Applications and nominations are welcomed from individuals with a strong background in bioengineering. The ideal candidate must possess a Ph.D. or MD/PhD, have an exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching, and service at a level sufficient for appointment as a tenured Professor. She/he must demonstrate commitment to supporting the advancement of fellow faculty members at all levels. Ideal candidates should also demonstrate visionary leadership, strong interpersonal skills and administrative talent, and a commitment to continued excellence and innovation in research and teaching. Successful candidates must have current extramural research funding.

Biomedical Engineering Research Institute (Institute): The new research Institute will be a joint program based in Marshall University’s School of Medicine (MUSOM) and College of Engineering and Computer Sciences (MUCECS). This Institute’s research mission will align with the University’s overall mission of addressing the health care disparities of West Virginia and Central Appalachia with the ultimate goal of achieving National Institute of Health’s designation as the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH COBRE) comparable to Marshall University’s current COBRE ACCORD.  The Institute will have all the resources of the former Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, with a renewed focus on biomedical engineering. The Director and faculty of the Institute will have tenure eligible equal joint appointments in MUSOM and MUCECS. The research enterprise at MUSOM has grown exponentially over the last several years to achieve its first ever US News & World Report Medical School Research Ranking in 2020 as well as substantially contribute to Marshall’s R2 status as a “high research activity” institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2019.

Department of Biomedical Engineering (Department): The new educational Department will be a joint program based in the MUCECS with significant involvement of Marshall University’s College of Science (COS) for undergraduate education and MUSOM’s Office of Research and Graduate Education for post-graduate education. The new department will have both tenured faculty positions as part of the Institute as well as term educator faculty positions within MUCECS. The department’s educational mission is expected to achieve Accreditation with Board for Engineering and Technology certification in due course. The undergraduate curriculum for the Department has been jointly developed between CECS, COS and SOM and has been approved by the MU Board of Governors in 2018. The department has office, class rooms and teaching laboratories in the new Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex (AEC), a 152,000 sqFt facility located next to the SOM’s Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (BBSC), a 200,000 sqFt research facility.

Marshall University is a co-educational public research university in Huntington, West Virginia, founded in 1837 and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall is West Virginia’s second-largest university and the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state, tracing its founding to more than 180 years ago.  Marshall University has been accredited continuously as an institution of higher learning by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1928. It also has earned and maintains specialized accreditation status with 21 agencies responsible for evaluating and conferring specialty accreditation for educational programs and fields of study such as business, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, and teacher education speech-language pathology.

The University is composed of academic units that include the Colleges of Arts and Media; Business; Education and Professional Development; Engineering and Computer Sciences; Liberal Arts; Health Professions and Science, as well as the Honors College; University College, the Graduate College; the School of Pharmacy and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Marshall’s offerings include 120 degree programs leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, first professional and doctoral degrees. In addition, the university provides certificate programs in a number of fields.

Huntington was founded in 1871 by Collis P. Huntington as the western terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. With a population today of about 50,000, Huntington is West Virginia’s second largest city and is a vibrant, progressive city and serves as the hub of the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area, which spans seven counties and three states and has a population of 365,419. Marshall University is one of the largest employers in Cabell County, West Virginia, second only to its affiliated Mountain Health Network, and a major contributor to the heart and soul of the community.

Review of Applications: Review of candidates will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and full contact information for at least three references. Candidates are encouraged provide two to three areas of research interests that may align with existing research at Marshall or compatible with Appalachian health care disparities. Any inquiries regarding this search should be directed to Uma Sundaram, MD, chair of the search committee at or to Catherine Sedergren, MPH, administrator of the search committee, at

Candidates should submit application materials on-line at:

Applications and nominations from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. Marshall University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.