The F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Kentucky invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Chair. The department was recently named in recognition of Dr. Halcomb, a distinguished alumnus of the university's engineering and medical programs. With Dr. Halcomb’s generous support, the department is poised to grow significantly in the coming years, and it is expected that the Chair will provide leadership during this critical phase, including further development and outreach.
The Chair will have overall responsibility for the academic and research programs of the department as well as for administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions. The department currently offers doctoral and master’s level graduate degrees in addition to a minor in BME for undergraduate students. The Chair should possess strong leadership skills and the vision necessary to advance the Department towards higher levels of excellence. Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree and an outstanding record of academic and professional achievement commensurate with this position. The Chair is also expected to maintain an active research program. Current research areas in the department include biomaterials and tissue engineering, biophotonics, cardiovascular and neural engineering, and musculoskeletal biomechanics. Candidates with a research focus that aligns with these areas are desired; however, exceptional candidates active in any area of biomedical engineering will be considered.
While it is anticipated that the candidates for this position will hold the rank of Professor, current Associate Professors with a strong record of accomplishment and therefore eligible for promotion to the rank of Professor are eligible to apply. Salary and benefits for this position are highly competitive. In addition to the position of Department Chair, strong candidates will also be considered for the first $2M endowed F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Chair in Biomedical Engineering.
The University is one of only a small number of U.S. institutions having a major academic medical center with all six health sciences colleges and the full spectrum of academic colleges on a single campus. BME is located centrally within the College of Engineering and within walking distance of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. The University is located in Lexington, a city of 300,000 residents in the heart of the rolling hills and horse farms of the Bluegrass region of central Kentucky, an area consistently rated among the best places to relocate and raise a family. The cost of living is low compared with most major metropolitan regions in the U.S. Recreational opportunities (e.g., hiking, cycling, riding, fishing, hunting, and boating) are enjoyed by many residents. The local arts community focuses on Appalachian music, country dance, and crafts. Cincinnati and Louisville are each a 90-minute drive away.
The desired start date for this position is August 1, 2017. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2016, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. Submit PDF files consisting of: 1) a cover letter indicating their interest in the position and including their department leadership philosophy, 2) complete curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for five professional references.
Interested applicants should apply for the position on-line here. For questions about this position or additional information about the department, please visit our website (www.bme.uky.edu) or contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Guoqiang Yu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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