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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Cancer Research Biomaterials or Body-Device Interfaces

Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 19, 2023

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Cancer Research Biomaterials or Body-Device Interfaces

Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks to recruit an innovative researcher in the area of biomaterials and body-device interfaces in cancer research for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant professor level. As the successful candidate, you will have expertise in either the development and application of materials compatible with living systems to treat disorders in humans and/or animals and/or the development of interfaces and systems including sensors for monitoring and analyzing health data remotely. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, postdoctoral experience, a record of outstanding publications and a history or strong promise of successful extramural research funding. Investigators with backgrounds in either chemical engineering, materials science engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanics or computer science are encouraged to apply. A tenure track position in the appropriate department in the College of Engineering will accompany this appointment in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke.

This is primarily a research intensive position, but will include responsibility for some teaching in graduate programs as well as providing research mentorship for graduate, medical and undergraduate students. The position will be located at the FBRI at VTC ( on the university’s health sciences campus in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to the original 100,000 square foot research institute that opened in 2010, a new adjacent 139,000 square foot research building ( recently opened in which the new faculty member will have their research program. The biomaterials and body device interfaces wing has a good manufacturing practice facility, 3D printing facility, machine shop, chemical containment facility and multiple wet lab research bays. In addition, the building contains multiple MRIs for human and animal research including high field MR guided PET, micro-CT-PET and MR guided focused ultrasound, multiple cellular/molecular imaging facilities including spinning disc confocal microscopy, standard laser scanning confocal microscopy, scanning block face electron microscopy, super resolution microscopy, a fully shielded optically pumped magnetometry facility as well as biochemical and molecular biology cores including mass spec and behavioral testing suites for animals and humans.

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in October, 2023. To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and plans, and teaching/mentoring philosophy at, posting #526920. To complete the application, the applicant should also have at least three references post their letters of support to the same site.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, bringing talent, experience and insights from multiple perspectives to work together in collaborative teams to solve the most pressing challenges in the biomedical and health sciences. Virginia Tech is a public global land-grant university, committed to research, teaching and learning, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. 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. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community (, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, Dr. Michael J. Friedlander at

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have an earned a doctorate (PhD, MD and/or DVM), postdoctoral research experience, a record of accomplishment of research productivity through high quality publications and a record of successful extramural funding (preferably from NIH).

The successful applicant will be expected to establish and maintain a high-quality, extramurally-funded research program and participate in research mentoring of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students with some teaching in graduate programs.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.


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