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Assistant Professor in Biomechanics
Virginia Tech

Date Posted Jan. 19, 2021
Title Assistant Professor in Biomechanics
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Engineering Mechanics
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level effective August 2021. Those with expertise in biomechanics as well as broader scholarly interests in theoretical, computational, and/or experimental methods to investigate biological systems at any scale are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, engineering mechanics, or a closely related discipline, prior to the effective date of the appointment. Postdoctoral experience leading projects beyond graduate school is considered preferred. The successful candidates will be responsible for developing a strong externally sponsored research program, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and mentoring students.

BEAM is an interdisciplinary department with faculty having broad interests spanning engineering, science, mathematics, and medicine. It offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering and in engineering mechanics, and currently has 42 faculty, a new undergraduate biomedical engineering program, and nearly 200 graduate students. The department and its School for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) combine the strengths of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Further information can be found at

Virginia Tech, a public land-grant university founded in 1872, is committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. It is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University (USN&WR) and a Top 50 Public Research University (National Science Foundation). Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and is also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech’s exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024.

Qualified applicants must electronically submit their application materials at (posting #514887) including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three separate statements (research interests, teaching interests and philosophy, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; limited to three pages each), and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications starts February 10, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. For assistance submitting the application, please contact Cristina Rosa Castaňer (, 540-231-6651). Inquiries about the positions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. Raffaella De Vita (, 540-231-5905).

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service missions through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Service Center at or at 540-231-9331.

  • Virginia Tech is committed to the principle of diversity and seeks a broad and diverse spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Ms. Pamela Stiff, 540-231-8191, Virginia Tech is a recipient of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award ( to increase the participation of women in academic science and engineering careers.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Raffaella De Vita
    Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
    Virginia Tech
    Kelly Hall, Room 335
    325 Stanger Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • 540-231-5905


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