Rice University, Office of Faculty Development

Position ID:RiceU-Office of Faculty Development-ASSIS10 [#22940]
Position Title: Professor of Bioengineering
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Houston, Texas 77005, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biomolecular Engineering
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/09/23, finished 2023/04/06)
Position Description:    

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Tenured Department Chair Faculty Opening in Bioengineering at Rice University

Department of Bioengineering, Rice University



Position Description

The Department of Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston, TX is currently soliciting external senior applicants for a tenured, full professor in bioengineering, who will serve as the new department chair starting in July 2023, and be nominated for the John W. Cox Professorship in bioengineering.  The department is currently ranked among the top 10 bioengineering programs in the country by US News & World Report and aspires to continue to enhance its impact and recognition.  All faculty laboratories and teaching facilities for the department are located at the BioScience Research Collaborative, a 477,000 sq ft. building at the intersection of the Rice University campus and the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.

The department has 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty with significant growth in faculty size planned over the next several years.  The successful candidate will be senior faculty with a demonstrated capability to (i) provide outstanding leadership to the department, (ii) lead a highly impactful research program, (iii) enrich and engage in a collegial departmental environment, (iv) promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The candidate must have an internationally recognized track record of cutting-edge research, and a strong record of leadership and management skills. While serving as the department chair, the successful candidate will be given a teaching release. At the conclusion of the chair appointment, the faculty member will be required to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses. Rice offers an outstanding environment for basic, applied, and translational research at the interface of engineering and medicine through collaborations with numerous institutions in the adjacent Texas Medical Center.

We seek greater representation of women, scholars of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who have historically been underrepresented in Bioengineering; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

About Rice University

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic Museum District and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.  It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students.  Rice consistently ranks among the top 20 national universities and the top 10 in undergraduate teaching (US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities.


All candidates must have a PhD degree in bioengineering or a related field and professional experience consistent with the position rank.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will commence December 1st, and candidates are encouraged to apply early in order to be given full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement (up to 5 pages), (4) statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages), (5) statement of past and planned contributions to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 2 pages), and (6) vision for the future of the department (1 page) to the job posting.  You will also be asked to provide the names of 3-5 references.  These names will only be contacted with your permission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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Postal Mail:
Rice University
Office of Faculty Development MS 105
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892