Professor and Department Head, Biomedical Engineering
Pittsburgh, PA 
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Job Description
Carnegie Mellon University: College of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering
Open Date

Jul 07, 2021


Carnegie Mellon University Department of Biomedical Engineering

Department Head Position

The Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering announces a worldwide search for the next Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).

An accomplished academic leader is sought to provide strategic vision and outstanding operational management, to oversee high-quality research and educational programs, and to guide the BME community to the next level of accomplishment and impact. The BME Department Head will maintain and strengthen the culture of collaboration and innovation internal and external to the department; enhance the reputation of the department; lead the department in strategic planning; have a proven track record in and vision for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at the department and institutional levels; and demonstrate a commitment to a high-quality student experience.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon was formed in 2002, building on a base of innovation in biomedical engineering education and research begun at the university in 1967 with the establishment of an interdisciplinary Biotechnology Program. The department currently has 20 core faculty members, of whom 10 are jointly appointed with other departments within Carnegie Mellon. It has an additional 44 affiliated faculty members from various departments and colleges within Carnegie Mellon, providing a broad range of expertise for our students. The department also has 16 adjunct faculty members, including many physicians who teach courses and facilitate clinical opportunities in medical facilities around the Pittsburgh area. Educational offerings include BS, MS, and PhD programs, as well as an MD/PhD program offered jointly with the University of Pittsburgh. Our student population boasts about 243 undergraduates (all pursuing the BS in BME as an additional major or minor) and 101 graduate students, approximately evenly split between PhD and MS students.

Research in Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon is characterized by interdisciplinary collaborations, reflecting the culture of the college and university. Research activities include computational and experimental methods that span fundamental science to technology development for clinical translation. Current research foci include biomaterials and nanotechnology; cell and tissue engineering; biomedical imaging and signal processing; medical devices and robotics; and neuroengineering. The mission, goals, and current activities of the department are described at .

Individuals with expertise across a wide range of areas related to biomedical engineering will be considered. Applicants must have earned a PhD in a field of engineering or science closely related to biomedical engineering. Teaching experience and an internationally recognized record of research are essential. Applicants must be qualified for an appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. E-mail inquiries concerning this position may be sent to the Search Committee at

Carnegie Mellon is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching and service. Carnegie Mellon seeks to meet the needs of dual-career couples and is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) that assists with dual-career searches.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining your leadership experience and philosophy and your vision of the future of the field of biomedical engineering; curriculum vitae; diversity statement; statement of research experience and interests; and statement of teaching experience and interests. The Search Committee will solicit names of references and their contact information only for a subset of applicants after the initial review. These applicants will be notified in advance before letters are requested.

Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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