Faculty Opening – Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in Biomedical Imaging and Analysis

University of Washington: Academic Personnel: College of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

Location: Seattle, WA

Open Date: Oct 6, 2020

Description: The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites outstanding faculty candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level. This position is on a 9-month service period with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2021.

Candidates are being targeted for a cluster of hires that will occur over the next few years within the College of Engineering in the area of high-throughput biomedical imaging and big-data analysis.  New hires will join a strong existing network of faculty who are pioneering this field within the College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and College of Arts and Sciences.  For this particular hire within the cluster, the primary appointment and teaching responsibilities will be in mechanical engineering, but adjunct/affiliate appointments in other relevant departments/institutions will be encouraged.  UW has a culture of inter-departmental and cross-college collaborations, close relationships with regional institutes, clinics, and industry partners.  UW is also committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university.       

The ME department seeks to build on its existing strengths in areas that include (but are not limited to): high-resolution imaging instrumentation, sample/patient-preparation technologies, advanced visualization techniques, machine learning for big-data image analysis, and imaging-based interventions (including robotics and automation).  Ideal candidates should be able to leverage the competitive advantages in healthcare, biotechnology, and data sciences that exist within the University of Washington and the surrounding region, including (but not limited to): UW Medicine, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, the VA Puget Sound health care system, the Allen Institutes, and numerous companies leading the big-data revolution. Our ultimate goal is to leverage our collective expertise to address critical challenges in clinical care, health equity, and social transformation.       

Successful candidates will be expected to develop a high-impact federally funded research program of international repute, to contribute to an innovative undergraduate curriculum, to develop graduate courses in their areas of expertise, and to contribute to efforts in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the campus climate for students, faculty, and staff.  Our department faculty are also expected to serve as mentors for relevant capstone design projects, such as through our Engineering Innovation in Health (EIH) biodesign program.

The Mechanical Engineering department’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering, including interdisciplinary programs in healthcare, robotics and controls, materials, advanced manufacturing, and alternative energy. The department is growing and currently consists of 39 full-time faculty, 409 undergraduates, 261 master students, 126 PhD students and 17 postdoctoral scholars.  More information about the ME department is available at http://www.me.washington.edu.

Applicants must have a PhD (or other foreign equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, or a discipline that is related to this targeted search, by the date of appointment

Application Instructions
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a brief research statement (maximum 3 pages), teaching statement (1 page), and diversity statement (1 page).   Names and contact information should be provided for at least three references. Please submit all applications at:


Review of applications will begin immediately and full consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2020. The process remains open until the position is filled.

Guidance for research, teaching, and diversity statements (junior faculty candidates)
The research, teaching, and diversity statements can be organized in a variety of ways, but should, at a minimum, communicate the following information:

  • The broad vision and long-term impact that the applicant seeks to have
  • Examples of prior activities and accomplishments, if any, that showcase the ability of the applicant to achieve their vision
  • Immediate plans and specific strategies for addressing that vision.

Candidates are encouraged to be creative with how they structure their statements, and to provide any additional information that they feel is relevant (within the page constraints).  For example, figures and references are not necessary, but can be helpful in some cases, as well as mentioning other faculty and programs associated with the UW that can be synergistic with the applicant’s proposed programs.