The College of Engineering and the School of Medicine at the University of Washington invite applications and nominations for Chair of the Department of Bioengineering.

This full-time and tenured position with the appointment at the rank of Professor  will lead a department with a long history of dedication to excellence, tremendous growth and accomplishment in research and scholarship, state-of-the-art facilities, and strong connections to industries. This is a 12-month service period per year position (July – June) with an anticipated start date in Summer 2021.  All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The Chair will build on the department’s commitment to inclusive and excellent undergraduate and graduate education and research. The chair will lead the department to provide leadership and service in research, education, and diversity to the University, the state of Washington, the nation, and the community. The Chair will be expected to represent the department with alumni, donors, industry and the community, and lead advancement activities.

The University of Washington is ranked No. 3 among U.S. public universities and 14th in the world on the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities with a graduate  Bioengineering program that consistently ranks in top 10 (the US News ranking). UW Bioengineering has a tradition of interdisciplinary collaborations and strong partnerships between the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine as well as with industry, national labs, and other academic institutions. Major areas of research include:

  • Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Instrumentation, Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy
  • Molecular and Cellular Engineering
  • Neural Engineering
  • Systems, Synthetic and Quantitative Biology
  • Technology for Expanding Access to Healthcare

The department’s faculty have played a central role in major collaborative centers at the University such as the newly formed UWEB-21, National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC-BIO),Ultrasound-based Washington Molecular Imaging and Therapy Center (uWAMIT), The Institute of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM), the Center for Cardiovascular Biology (CCVB), Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute (MolES), the Institute for Protein Design (IPD) and the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) among many other inter-departmental, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional Centers. The new chair will also have a unique opportunity to lead the department in new research directions that engage in the UW’s new Population Health Initiative, which seeks to address all causes of health inequities.  The department currently consists of 49 core tenure/tenure-track and research faculty, 85 administrative and research staff, 211 undergraduates, 66 master’s and 116 PhD students. For more information on the department, please visit

Our objective is to create a community that encourages participation and connection and values each person’s unique contributions, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical status and age.


The search is open to candidates with a Ph.D. degree, MD or foreign equivalent and national leadership experience. An outstanding record of scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, along with demonstrated collaborative leadership and management skills and a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion are required.

In order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non-U.S.) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or foreign equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Application Instructions

Applications should include:

  1. a cover letter briefly describing qualifications and relevant leadership and administrative experiences (one page maximum);
  2. a vision statement of goals and aspirations as Chair (two pages maximum);
  3. an inclusivity statement describing the candidate’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education including prior experiences (one page maximum);
  4. a research statement (one page maximum);
  5. a teaching statement (one page maximum); and
  6. a complete curriculum vitae

Please submit the nominations or applications by July 31, 2020 via Interfolio.

The University of Washington is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio’s help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877)997-8807.

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Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

About the UW Department of Bioengineering

The department includes 51 teaching and research faculty members, 131 graduate students, 209 undergraduates and 53 post-doctoral fellows. Our educational programs are consistently ranked in the top ten by US News and World Report and our esteemed faculty includes five members of the National Academy of Engineering, among other honors.

Our department has built strong collaborative links with UW Medicine, ranked among the top hospitals in the nation in US News and World Report. The UW hosts an NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and the Washington Research Foundation sponsored UW Institute for Neural Engineering, and was recently ranked the #1 public university in the world for innovation by Reuters.

Many of our faculty collaborate and/or are affiliated with prestigious local research institutions such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Institute for Systems Biology, the Allen Institutes for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Program for Appropriate Technologies for Health (PATH), and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), as well as with a vibrant community of local biotechnology companies.

About jobs at the University of Washington

The University of Washington was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility in 2006. In addition, the University of Washington is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. We are building a culturally diverse faculty and encourage applications from women and minority candidates. University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.