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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Biomedical Engineering 10016106
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Tenure System

Position Summary

The College of Engineering at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) tenure-system faculty positions focused on innovating across the cancer research continuum. We welcome innovative research across all areas of cancer, from understanding fundamental mechanisms of tumorigenesis to developing new diagnostics, therapies, and prevention strategies. We encourage applications for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor and will consider exceptional candidates for appointment at the rank of Associate or (Full) Professor. 

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline at the time of appointment, with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2024.  The candidate is expected to establish a sustainable, externally funded, and internationally visible research program; make significant scholarly contributions to their discipline; be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students; engage in institutional and professional service; and contribute toward the university’s mission in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates are encouraged to describe the potential impacts of their research focus and how their work might complement existing strengths in the Department.  Other qualifications include strong leadership and interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to work in a collaborative research environment, and a commitment to promoting and embracing diversity. Joint appointments with other engineering or bioscience departments are possible considering existing strengths and capabilities as well as the candidate’s preferences. Successful candidates will be appointed to an academic-year position in the tenure system, with tenure, if appropriate. Successful candidates are expected to elevate the reputation of MSU through their professional activities.  Those who conduct research that enhances or is related to aspects of inclusion and equity are of high interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field 
  • Track record of significant contributions to the biomedical engineering discipline 
  • Potential/ability to establish a sustainable and internationally recognized BME research program  
  • Evidence of ability to be an effective teacher and mentor of both undergraduate and graduate students 
  • Interest in/evidence of institutional and professional service  
  • Dedication to the university’s mission in diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service 

Desired Qualifications

  • Additional research experience beyond the PhD, through a post-doctoral, industry, or faculty appointment 
  • An ability to participate in BME curriculum development 
  • Ability to collaborate with current faculty in the Department as well as throughout the university 

Required Application Materials

Interested individuals should apply for this position through and refer to posting #929992. Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. a detailed resume,
  2. a cover letter summarizing their qualifications,
  3. a vision statement for teaching,
  4. a vision statement for research with a focus on cancer,
  5. a vision statement for diversity, equity and inclusion, including the individual's awareness/education in DEI; examples of work conducted; the assessment of that work; and outcomes and demonstrated impact of that work, and
  6. names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Items 3, 4, and 5 should be limited to one page each. Candidates are encouraged to describe the potential impacts of their work and how it complements existing strengths within the Department, College, or other programs at MSU.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.  Data indicates a paucity of underrepresented minorities and women faculty in biomedical engineering; individuals from these groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions about these positions are welcome and should be directed to the search committee chair by email at

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Summary of Health Risks

Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue and other body fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions 
TB risk or work within 3 feet of human patients in a health care setting or have potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium. 
Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue. 


Department Statement

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Michigan State University was founded in 2016 and is poised for significant and sustained growth and expansion. BME consists of 19 core faculty and 22 adjunct faculty with a wide range of interdisciplinary interests including bioinformatics, stem cell engineering, nano-robotics, neural engineering, and molecular imaging. BME faculty are funded through numerous external awards from a variety of sources, including multiple NIH R01 awards and three NSF CAREER awards. Approximately 40 PhD students are currently enrolled in the BME graduate program, and our faculty actively engage undergraduate students from a variety of degree programs in their research, teaching, and outreach activities. The development of an undergraduate BME degree program is one of many potential future growth areas for the department. The BME department is located in a new 130,000-square-foot facility outfitted with state-of-the-art research tools and infrastructure. Our department is closely aligned with MSU’s new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering ( Research and training opportunities are available through multiple new initiatives including investment in novel imaging systems, new partnerships with healthcare organizations (McLaren Health, Corewell Health, and Henry Ford Health), and the MSU Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). One of the growth areas for BME and the University is cancer research.  Faculty hired into these positions will join a vibrant community of cancer researchers at MSU studying questions across the continuum of cancer from fundamental etiology to public health.   

Advancing, disseminating, and applying engineering knowledge has been the focus of the MSU College of Engineering for more than 130 years.  The mission of the MSU College of Engineering is to deliver the highest-quality engineering graduates, cutting-edge research, and innovative technology for the benefit of society locally and globally.  The college carries out its mission through educational and research programs over eight departments tackling interdisciplinary themes such as computational sciences, energy, health, manufacturing, materials, mobility, security, and sustainability with research expenditures totaling $60 million annually.   Research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, with themes spanning eight departments in the college and an extensive network of collaborators in other colleges and research organizations. The departments and college have strong track records of mentoring junior faculty to grow their academic careers successfully.

MSU is an R1 university that enjoys a park-like campus with some outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 541,000.  Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. Michigan State University is proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual-career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU’s dual-career support can be found at  Information about WorkLife at MSU and the College of Engineering can be found at and

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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