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Faculty Position Broad Area Search, Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. 

The search committee consists of diverse faculty from the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities & Sciences; we are seeking individuals who are fusing engineering and the physical sciences with biology to promote discovery or invention in any relevant area (e.g., agriculture, art, basic science, biophysics, biotechnology, biocomputation, education, environmental science, materials science, manufacturing, medicine, other). Our faculty are trained not only in bioengineering but also in many diverse disciplines.  We are interested in applications from individuals of any discipline who have demonstrated, or provide clear evidence for, their potential to realize outstanding scientific or technical achievements in developing, translating and applying new ideas, tools, or capacities to bioengineering. Ideal candidates should also demonstrate strong communication, teaching, and leadership skills, as well as an ability to contribute actively to a rapidly growing Stanford Department.  A sustaining focus of all bioengineering searches is to contribute to departmental diversity.  We enthusiastically invite applications from women and underrepresented minority groups.  We also encourage applications from individuals representing disciplines or opportunities that are not yet well-established within bioengineering, broadly defined.

A strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching and advising is also essential.  Teaching responsibilities will include participation in and development of both undergraduate and graduate courses, and strong engagement in a core curriculum that serves to define bioengineering for future generations. The supervision of doctoral students and academic advising of trainees at all levels is also expected.

Applications will be accepted only on-line.  Applicants should visit our recruitment site at:  This web site can receive applications starting July 25, 2019.  Review of received applications will start October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a cover letter, brief research and teaching plans, a detailed C.V. including a publications list, and the names and email addresses of at least four references. Parallel, related searches are likely to be open at Stanford. For candidates who are qualified and interested in multiple faculty searches at Stanford, we encourage applications to each solicitation; we will coordinate our search with others and consider joint appointments. Successful applicants may benefit from collaborative opportunities at interdisciplinary institutes and centers, including for example Bio-X (, Wu Tsai Neuroscience (, SLAC (, ChEM-H (, and JIMB (

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


Bioengineering and Translational Technologies

Bioengineering research makes its way into clinical care through technology translation. The central role of Stanford University in the creation of Silicon Valley — helping to launch companies like Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, Sun, Yahoo and Google — is well known. A similar story of cooperation between Stanford and industry is underway in the biomedical technology sector. Within a 50-mile radius of the Stanford campus there are over 600 medical and biotechnology companies, which range from start-ups to some of the titans in the industry. Last year, $2.1 billion of venture capital was invested in California life sciences, most of which went to companies in Northern California. Many companies in the region have deep Stanford roots, including some of the larger biotech and med tech corporations (for example, Affymetrix, Genentech, Guidant, Medtronic Vascular and Nellcor).

Among the sub-disciplines in Bioengineering, Biodesign has specifically focused on building resources to support invention and technology transfer in the biomedical technology area. The Stanford Biodesign Program provides faculty and students access to over 1,500 professionals in health care technology, along with patenting, prototyping, regulatory and other resources. Biodesign and the Office of Technology Licensing have partnered to develop a technology assessment program in which outside experts from the med tech and venture industry help evaluate and market new inventions. This activity has resulted in a significant increase in patenting and licensing activity by faculty members in the med tech sector, with 50 major med tech licenses executed in the last 10 years. Biodesign has also developed a fellowship program and several course sequences for young med tech inventors. Within the last 10 years, the fellowship and courses have led to the filing of multiple patents, the creation of 12 venture-backed start-ups by fellows and students, and several licenses to existing companies. In total, over 150 industry leaders regularly participate in courses and other Biodesign events.