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Professor and Chair - Bioengineering

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 8, 2023

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Professor and Chair - Bioengineering

About the Opportunity

The College of Engineering at Northeastern University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Bioengineering Department. The Chair will provide vision to direct the hiring of faculty, the nurturing of research foci, and the development of educational curricula.

About the department

The Bioengineering Department ( ) is the newest department (founded in 2014) at Northeastern University and is rapidly expanding its international reputation. The Department comprises 30 world-class core (tenured/tenure-track) faculty, with active research programs spanning systems biology, mechanobiology, biomechanics, bioimaging, molecular engineering, single-cell proteomics and cell engineering. There are also five full-time teaching faculty, 5 co-operative education coordinators, and 6 staff members. The departmental spirit is collegial, vibrant, and growing and is home to 93 Ph.D. students, 122 M.S. students, and 582 undergraduate students, over half of whom are women. Experiential education is a hallmark of our program, with over 180 students completing co-op placements in the past year, many at leading biotechnology companies based in Boston's globally-dominant entrepreneurial space (Moderna, Editas, Gingko Bioworks). Northeastern's integrative education model is ranked #1 in Cooperative education program (US News and World Report: 2022) which leads directly to the remarkable career placement rate of 96% for our bioengineering students.


We are seeking candidates that demonstrate outstanding leadership, management, and mentoring ability, and possess a clear vision for the future for bioengineering. The new chair will be expected to build upon the department's recognized strengths, recruit outstanding faculty, promote scholarly initiatives, facilitate internal and external research collaborations, further develop already strong relationships with Boston's premier medical institutions, build strategic educational and entrepreneurial partnerships with Boston's vibrant biotechnology sector, and oversee curriculum changes. Furthermore they should be able to foster corporate and alumni relations, promote new funding opportunities through research and advancement, steer the department through an exciting period of growth and change in the field, and lead the department to its next level of excellence and visibility.

Candidates are expected to have demonstrated strategic vision through leadership of a well-established, nationally and internationally recognized research program, with a strong record of externally-funded research.

Candidates will have demonstrated excellence and significant experience in teaching, with a commitment to high-quality teaching in bioengineering, and interest in advancing education programs with a balance between undergraduate and graduate levels.

Candidates should also have demonstrated leadership and administrative experience and a distinguished record of service.

A doctorate degree in bioengineering or closely related fields of science and engineering is required by the appointment start date.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including women, are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the College

The College of Engineering at Northeastern University is a vibrant academic enterprise that is growing in both size and stature. The College has 177 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 3,894 undergraduate and 4,186 graduate students. At the core of the Northeastern Engineering experience is our top-ranked cooperative education program, which contributes significantly to richer experiential learning, industrial collaborations, and use-inspired research. In addition, the College of Engineering runs a $76M (annually) externally funded research enterprise including 16 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes with funding from eight federal agencies. Our Boston campus facilitates collaborations with major medical centers, research labs, neighboring academic institutions, and industry. Our recently added Center for Imaging Living Systems, Experiential AI and Roux Institutes broaden the reach and depth of research opportunities for College of Engineering faculty.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential research university and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. The university is in the top-tier for research activity among U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Since 2006, the university has hired 656 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Our tradition of partnership and engagement creates a distinctive approach to education and research built on the values of experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world's most innovative cooperative-education program. The University in 2018 was ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review for internships and co-ops. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 136 countries on seven continents. The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. The 220,000 square foot, six-story Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex extends Northeastern's research enterprise with new state-of-the-art infrastructure, and by fostering collaboration across disciplines and with industry, academia and government. Located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern is situated among the nation's best hospitals, world-renowned research and teaching institutions, and high technology firms, and offers a rich history of arts and culture. Regional campuses are also located in innovation hubs across North America, including Charlotte, NC; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Silicon Valley; Portland, ME; Toronto and Vancouver.

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae and four professional references. Please include a strategic vision statement for where you believe bioengineering is headed and statements of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging (DEIJB) *, your own research, teaching, and leadership philosophies. Your CV should highlight positions of leadership in particular. Please limit the combined statements to three pages. Consideration of applications will begin Fall 2022. The target starting date is July 1, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled. Inquiries and nominations for the position should be submitted to Prof. Jeff Ruberti

* DEIJB Statement instructions: Please provide a statement of your commitment and contribution(s) to diversity efforts that describes your past experience, activities, and future plans to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging in your teaching, research, and service. Your statement should demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities in your field and be in alignment with Northeastern's mission and BEYOND 2025: The Academic Plan Paragraph 4.1 A Magnet for Diversity, and a place for belonging, which can be found here: As noted, your statement should reflect the diversity of the societies in which Northeastern maintains campuses and meet the educational needs and interests of its diverse population. Some chair candidates, in their opinion, may not have substantial past activities or lived-experiences which reflect areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging. If that is the case, we recommend focusing on future plans in your statement.

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Additional Information

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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