Faculty Job Opportunities

Opening for Faculty Positions in:

  • Biomanufacturing and Biosynthesis
  • Multiscale Biomechanics

The Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering seeks to co-hire, along with other Penn State institutes and departments that include Chemistry and Kinesiology, multiple full-time biomedical engineering (BME) tenure-track or tenured faculty members for 2017-18. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of bridging diverse research interests across multiple departments and will be hired at the level of assistant, associate, and/or full professor.

This growth reflects our continued effort in a multi-year expansion that includes a plan to:

  • Add 12 new tenure-lined BME faculty members by 2019
  • Break ground on a new state-of-the-art BME building in 2016
  • Expand the intellectual footprint of the department to compete at the highest levels

Applications from researchers representing a wide array of biomedical engineering / bioengineering research areas are welcomed, and we are particularly interested in candidates with a documented track record in:

  • Biomanufacturing and Biosynthesis apply nature and biology as guidelines for the development of novel chemical tools, methods, or biomaterials that address biomedical problems in the following fields: biomanufacturing for the (re)generation of tissue and organs, drug delivery, immune therapy, cell manipulation, and biomolecular/cellular analysis. Areas of particular interest include: the synthesis of biomolecules (e.g. proteins, peptides and nucleic acids) for applications such as biomanufacturing, drug delivery, manipulation or probing of biological processes, as well as biomimetic synthesis of nanoscale materials for macroscopic manufacturing of tissue or organ mimics.
  • Multiscale Biomechanics includes vascular remodeling, clinical applications related to joints/bones/soft-hard tissue mechanics, mechanotransduction, tissue regeneration, musculoskeletal modeling, design of orthoses, prostheses and neural prostheses, neuro-motor control, analyses of human locomotion using behavioral, neural, and/or imaging-related approaches, computational biomechanics, and multiscale characterization as applied to cardiovascular, orthopedic or respiratory disease, cancer, and other pathophysiologies.

Candidates would be expected to secure (or for Associate and Full Professor ranks, have an outstanding track record of) extramural funding, be effective educators in the application of engineering to the medical and life sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in service to further the missions of the department, College, and University.


The core mission of Penn State’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is to improve healthcare effectiveness and delivery by employing fundamental engineering principles to solve problems in life sciences and medicine at the basic science, clinical, and industry levels. We are looking for qualified individuals who can help bridge activities ongoing across interdisciplinary colleges and institutes and who can make a significant impact on Penn State’s biomedical engineering research, educational, and translational activities. The department is committed to the highest quality education for undergraduates and graduate students in line with the college’s mission of training world-class engineers and with the Penn State’s land grant mission of enhancing quality of life in the commonwealth and nation through technology and innovation.


Applicants should have a doctoral degree in BME or related field(s). Women and members of underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Cheng Dong, Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Biomedical Engineering, cc Leah Mehm via email or phone (814-865-1407). Please submit current contact information, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching objectives, links to 5 representative research publications, and the names and contact information of 4 to 5 references in one PDF file. Apply to PSU jobs listing 66014.

Applications to be fully considered should be submitted by October 1, 2016, and will be considered until the positions are filled. Screening of applicants will begin on October 15, 2016, and interviews will commence in November 2016 until positions are filled. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614