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Open Opportunities & Positions in the Department of Bioengineering

Engineering Education Fellow, Department of Bioengineering

The Bioengineering Department at Stanford University is inviting applications for an Engineering Education Fellow to work with committed faculty in transitioning Bioengineering core courses from traditional lecture/problem set courses into active learning experiences and to reimagine and retool the undergraduate core curriculum.  This is a unique opportunity to join an exciting and collaborative department and to help define the future of Bioengineering education.

Strong applicants will typically have a PhD in Bioengineering, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, or a related engineering/scientific field, along with demonstrated interest and experience in education and how learning works.  Experience with course development and/or in facilitating interactive learning is desirable, though not required. 

The Fellow will join a community of other new Science and Engineering Education Fellows at Stanford, across disciplines from Physics, to CS, to Biology. The Fellow will get training in active learning and assessment methodologies and will directly engage in course (re)development with faculty, preparing the Fellow for further opportunities as an educator in the Department of Bioengineering or elsewhere.

The primary focus of the Fellow will be on improving student learning in core courses, typically supporting one course per quarter in its initial transition to active learning, with courses ranging across the Bioengineering core curriculum.  A Fellow’s role will generally include the following course-specific elements in the quarters before, during, and after the course: facilitate the identification, development, and/or improvement of learning goals for the course; research and improve or develop measures of students’ relevant prior knowledge; work with the faculty instructor to develop activities, problem sets, pre-class preparation assignments, and other curricular materials that target the learning goals; co-lead some portion or set of in-class activities; develop instruments to assess the effectiveness of course elements and incorporate corrections; document and archive course materials using modern sustainable techniques that facilitate collaboration and sharing with other faculty.

In addition to this focus on core course improvement, we expect that the Fellow will participate in or lead other learning-related initiatives, for example the development and integration of modern online education technology into the curriculum.  The Fellow may also join department instructors and leadership in an ongoing process of restructuring and reinventing the Bioengineering core curriculum.

Finally, the Engineering Education Fellow in Bioengineering may have the opportunity to co-create and co-lead new courses, depending on the Fellow’s background, and the goals and interests of the Fellow and the department.

The appointment begins on or before July 31, 2018, for a two-year term that the department plans to extend for one additional year depending on programmatic need and job performance.  Position title and starting salary will depend on the candidate’s level of experience—Lecturer or Postdoctoral Fellow are among titles that could fit this opportunity.   

Applicants should submit the following materials: a letter that addresses interest in the opportunity and qualifications, including any relevant experience in course development and in science/engineering education, learning, and pedagogy; a current curriculum vitae; a teaching statement; and a summary of student, peer and/or other teaching evaluations. 

In addition, applicants should include contact information for three references and arrange for at least one letter of recommendation (not more than three) to be submitted by the reference writer(s). At least one letter writer should address the applicant’s experience or qualifications/promise as an educator.  If the applicant has not yet completed the Ph.D., one letter writer should address the status of dissertation progress toward completion by the end of June 2018.

Application materials should be submitted via email to:

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we will begin scheduling interviews by late May 2018.

For further information about the position, please send questions to:

Stanford University 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.


Faculty Position
Broad Area Search
Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). Appointments will be made at a rank commensurate with experience and accomplishment. 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, biotechnology, 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 can 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.  We are especially open to candidates who would embrace joint appointments with other departments and schools at Stanford. 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 online. Applicants should visit our recruitment site here. This web site can receive applications starting September 1, 2017. Review of received applications will start October 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a brief research and teaching plan, a detailed C.V. including a publications list, and the names and addresses of at least five 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 (, SNI (, SLAC (, ChEM-H (, and JIMB (


Stanford University 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.