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Faculty Positions in Bioengineering (Open Rank)

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

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Faculty Positions in Bioengineering (Open Rank)
The Grainger College of Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) invites applications for full-time tenure-track faculty positions. Bioengineering at Illinois develops innovative engineering, technology, and quantitative methods to address grand challenges in human health and sustainability. These efforts encompass research and education across multiple disciplines including micro- and nanotechnology, bioimaging, computational and systems biology, cell and tissue engineering, synthetic bioengineering, and biomedical engineering education. Areas of particular interest include neural engineering and biomedical image computing which, as described below, are new initiatives in the department. The search is open rank and candidates at all levels are encouraged to apply. The Department of Bioengineering is committed to building a culturally and intellectually diverse educational environment and candidates are expected to demonstrate evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service endeavors.

The Department of Bioengineering at UIUC is undergoing substantial growth in its educational and research programs. With the opening of state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and the launch of our new engineering-driven Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, the Department of Bioengineering is positioned to impact fundamental and translational research as well as the integration of engineering and medical education.

Neural engineering is a strategic growth area in the department. An innovative Bioengineering B.S. degree program in neural engineering will launch in Fall 2023. The new program combines bioengineering and neuroscience, leveraging campus strengths across diverse topics from molecular engineering through imaging. Additionally, there have been significant recent investments in neuroimaging technologies, including a new human 7 T MRI system and an ultra-high field animal MRI, as well as an increase in translational research on campus and with our clinical partners. To support this growth, applications from exceptional faculty members with expertise in any subfield of neural engineering are sought.

Biomedical image computing is another strategic area for growth in the department. This area includes a variety of topics that involve a synergy of computing and biomedical imaging. Examples of research in this area include the development and/or translation of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods and other topics related to computational image science. Bioengineering recently created a new M.S. degree in biomedical image computing that will launch in Fall 2022. There is a strong heritage of outstanding biomedical imaging and computational science research at UIUC, and we are seeking applications from individuals who are eager to engage with this collaborative community.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is an internationally top-ranked research institution. Our interdisciplinary and collegial academic community supports innovative cross-campus research initiatives that involve partnerships with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, the Data Sciences Institute, the Carver Biotechnology Center, two new national AI institutes, and many other research centers, clinical sites, and educational programs on our campus.

A successful candidate is expected to possess a demonstrated track record of productivity and experience in research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Minimum qualifications include a doctorate in bioengineering or relevant STEM discipline and the ability to contribute to our educational programs. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Start date is expected in the Fall of 2023; however, this is negotiable.

A qualified senior candidate may also be considered for an endowed tenured Full or Associate Professor position as part of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, a program with multiple named professorships and chairs in areas of strategic interest. Such areas include, but are not limited to, bioengineering, big data, quantum information, robotics, and machine learning. More information about the Grainger Initiative can be found at If interested in being considered for the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative opportunity, the candidate should explicitly refer to "Grainger Initiative" in the cover letter.

Applications should be submitted by visiting and uploading in a single PDF file in the "CV/Resume" section: 1) a cover letter with current contact information including an email address, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of previous research accomplishments and future research plans, 4) a statement of teaching goals, 5) a statement on commitment to diversity, and 6) the names and contact information of three or more references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. For further information, contact Amy Meharry at or 217-300-6905.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged as interviews may take place during the application period, but a hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date.

We have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff (

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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