Assistant Professor in Bio, Micro and Nano-Systems

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Not specified
Sep 12, 2018
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Bio, Micro, and Nano-systems at the assistant professor level to start in August 2019.  The primary areas of interest include mechanobiology, the interface of mechanics and biology/medicine at all lengthscales, biotransport, and modeling of biological systems ranging from molecular to genes, organelle, cell, and tissue level.   Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. The successful candidates will be responsible for mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and developing an internationally recognized research program.  We are looking to hire an outstanding candidate who can contribute to Virginia Tech’s transdisciplinary Destination Areas (particularly to Intelligent Infrastructure and Human Centered Communities—IIHCC DA), which involve faculty and departments across the eight colleges of the university.  While faculty remain in their home department, their research and academic activities contribute to the advancement of the VT’s Destination Areas in addition to their own department/discipline. For more information about the VT Destination Areas, please visit the website: Blacksburg is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is widely recognized by national rankings as a vibrant and desirable community with affordable living, world-class outdoor recreation, an active arts community, and a diverse international population. The Department of Mechanical Engineering, which includes a Nuclear Engineering Program, has 63 faculty, research expenditures of over $18M, and a current enrollment of 340 graduate students with 180 students at the doctoral level, and over 1100 undergraduate students.  The Department is ranked 14th and 22nd out of all mechanical engineering departments in the nation in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. The Department includes several research centers, and its faculty members are engaged in diverse multidisciplinary research activities.  The mechanical engineering faculty also benefit from a number of university-wide institutes such as the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Biocomplexity Institute (BI), VT Carillion Research Institute (VTCRI),Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI); College level centers such as the recently established Rolls-Royce University Technology Center (UTC) in advanced systems diagnostics, and the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS); and state level industry-academic research centers such as the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).  For more information about the department visit our website at .   Qualified applicants must electronically submit the online application at, include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of published journal articles, a maximum two-page research statement, a one-page statement on teaching philosophy, and the names of five references that the search committee may contact. Apply to posting TR0180106. Review of Applications starts November 23, 2018, and applicant screening will continue until the position is filled.  Virginia Tech is committed to diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities.  Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers ( Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. For assistance submitting the application, please contact Ms. Amanda McCoy (, (540) 2314162). Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Prof. Amrinder Nain (, (540) 231-6036. If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.