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Department Head, Biomedical Engineering

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Biological Engineering

Posting Number: req8129

Department: Biomedical Engineering

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Arizona (UArizona) is seeking nominations and applications for a department head with excellent leadership skills and enthusiasm for world class research, innovative teaching, and industry/government/community/healthcare collaborations. The BME Department Head, who reports to the College of Engineering dean, should be a visionary who can lead a diverse group of faculty, staff and students; oversee modern educational research laboratories and facilities; and, most importantly, spearhead the continuing transformation of BME for the challenges of the 21st century.

Successful candidates are expected to have extensive research and teaching experience at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full Professor. The BME Department at the UArizona has a strong local, national, and international reputation for undergraduate and graduate education and research. The department has 21 tenured or tenure track faculty, 2 career track faculty, and 32 joint faculty that support teaching, research, and service missions. The department has more than 170 undergraduate (sophomore-senior), a total of 31 M.S students, and 42 Ph.D. students enrolled. Undergraduate research is a major emphasis of the BME Department as almost 90% of our undergraduate students are placed in research labs and nearly 30% go on to graduate school.

The UArizona, a Research I, Land-grant, and Hispanic Serving institution, ranks in the top 4% of all US Institutions, with more than $734 million in annual research expenditures, according to data from the National Science Foundation. The annual research expenditures for the department exceed $3 million.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaboratively develop and
    annually review a three-year department plan that supports the University of
    Arizona's strategic goals and aligns with related programs at the university
  • Implement a plan to keep internal
    and external stakeholders informed on progress and changes
  • Make equity-informed
    decisions on faculty recruitment, diversity, development, performance,
    retention, and promotion
  • Lead the department in
    achieving student and faculty recruitment and retention goals
  • Keep the department focused
    on educating BME graduates that are equipped to be productive in modern
    industrial settings, graduate school, medical and other professional schools
  • Identify and promote
    research opportunities and actively facilitate and participate in
    interdisciplinary research
  • Maintain existing and
    create new relationships with alumni and the biomedical engineering industry
    and research community
  • Leverage relationships with
    the biomedical industry and research community to connect students with
    applicable employment opportunities including internships and full-time
  • Increase the departments
    research expenditure and national ranking
  • Drive research excellence
    and cross-disciplinary collaborations, particularly with health sciences
  • Maintain an inclusive,
    positive workplace environment
  • Work with College and UA leadership on opportunities to expand the program,
    including satellite campuses
  • Strengthen existing ties
    and build new relationships with stakeholders such as industry, leading
    graduate and medical programs
  • Oversee the department's
    operations including budgets, resources, fiscal management, and ABET
  • Foster a sense of community
    for students, alumni, staff, and faculty
  • Assist the College of
    Engineering in fund raising activities

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstrate effective managerial leadership, clear communication, and a
    commitment to shared governance, community engagement, and diversity, equity,
    and inclusion
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards
    and is expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way
  • Ability to be responsive in a timely manner to the needs of faculty, staff, and
    students in the department
  • Skills necessary to perform as an effective communicator to internal and external constituents
  • Commitment to a participatory decision-making process
  • Proven leadership skills with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong communication skills
  • Capable of inspiring and recruiting great students as well as exceptional faculty and staff
  • Commitment to an inclusive departmental culture

Minimum Qualifications

  • The successful candidate
    will have a distinguished record of achievement in scholarship, research,
    and/or professional practice commensurate with an appointment at the rank of
    Full Professor with tenure
  • Earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering, or related
  • Scholarly achievement,
    including a record of technical papers published in internationally recognized,
    peer-reviewed journals
  • Track record of
    collaboratively building a vision and the skills to follow through to make the
    vision a reality
  • History of successful
    funding from industry and government

Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative experience as head or associate head, center director, or equivalent leadership position
  • Membership on boards of academic journals and/or professional associations
  • Have successfully established internationally renowned research program with high impact output
  • Experience collaborating with medical schools, university health science centers, or other private or government health care organizations
  • Experience working with stakeholders, either through direct employment or through cooperative research and development activities
  • Demonstrated record of engagement with diversity issues, diverse students, women in engineering, and other diversity related faculty, staff, and student communities
  • Experience in fundraising

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Sammy Tin, Department Head, Materials Science and Engineering>

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Four Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please submit the following SIX (6) documents:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3) Leadership Statement to include commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the 'Additional Document' slot

4) Statement of Research Interests in the 'Additional Document' slot

5) Statement of Teaching Philosophy in the 'Additional Document' slot

6) Contact information (phone and e-mail) for a minimum of three professional references in the 'Additional Document' slot

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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