BEE/CALS, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-BEE/CALS-BESMI [#6220]
Position Title: Biological Engineering: Measurement and Instrumentation
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Electronic Materials and Devices
Molecular Biology
Environmental Engineering
Ecology (more...)
Appl Deadline:2017/05/31 filled (posted 2015/09/16)
Position Description:    

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Faculty Position Available: Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure-track 9 month appointment.

Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Biological and Environmental Engineering Department (BEE) is one of the largest of its kind in the country with a very diverse faculty, staff and student population. The department serves three integrated functions: teaching of undergraduate and graduate students; research on problems in biology and the environment; and public outreach to help society implement new knowledge.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of biological engineering. The position is open to all biological engineers with an interest in developing advanced technologies for monitoring and understanding biological and environmental systems to meet the challenges of unprecedented climate change and a diverse social economic landscape. The appointee will establish a strong research program in the area of applied measurement science for a range of applications related to biological, agricultural, and environmental systems. Some examples include, but are not limited to, detection of pathogenic organisms as epidemics emerge from toxins in our food and water supplies, monitoring plant and animal responses to various environmental stressors, and agro-ecosystem responses to different management decisions. Strong skills in two or more of the following areas are preferable: electronics, microfluidics, synthetic biology, molecular biology, plant or animal physiology, biogeochemistry, electrochemistry, and ecology.

The appointee is expected to teach a bio-instrumentation course for biological engineers at the junior level. This course will address advanced tools that engineers use to quantitatively analyze biological systems at the molecular, cellular and tissue scales. A second course will be at the graduate level associated with the appointee’s research area. Advising undergraduate students and mentoring postdocs and graduate students is also expected. This individual would contribute primarily to our biological engineering BS program but would also be open to participating in our environmental engineering BS program and CALS initiatives in Environmental Science and Sustainability.

The successful candidate has the chance to participate in university-wide initiatives and centers such as Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Center for Materials Research and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Collaboration within and outside the department is encouraged and expected.

This position is offered in a rich environment of many university-wide centers at Cornell including the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Nanobiotechnology center, the Center for Materials Research, and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Collaboration within and outside the department is encouraged and expected. This position requires a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%) on a 9-month academic year basis.


A Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline is required with demonstrated capability and success in developing research and teaching programs at the interface of engineering and biological sciences. A strong background in engineering and biology is required and an engineering degree is preferred.

Applications and Starting Date: Anticipated starting date is July 2017. Applications including a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, copies of relevant publications, 3 reference letters and unofficial transcripts should be submitted online at:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until this position is filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 2016.

To strengthen an already diverse faculty, the department encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply for this position.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Search Coordinator
106 Riley Robb Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853-5701

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