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Assistant or Associate Professor of Neuroengineering

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants, Instruction, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Engineering/Biomedical Engineering

Department: Knight Campus
Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
November 13, 2020; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
The search will receive applications until the positions are filled. The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2020. To receive consideration, applicants must submit a complete application including a cover letter, a brief statement of research interests and future research plans, a statement of their pedagogical philosophy and experience, a current C.V. and contact information for three references.

The Knight Campus is dedicated to the UO’s goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

Position Announcement
The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (Knight Campus) invites applications for one or more tenure track faculty positions in neuroengineering at the University of Oregon. Candidates seeking an assistant or associate professor position with a significant track record of research excellence as appropriate to their seniority and a commitment to translating research discoveries into innovations to improve the human condition are encouraged to apply. For this neuroengineering position we are seeking candidates with a research focus in neural interface design, micro and nanofabrication methods development, bio-active and cellular implants, pre-clinical research models in bioelectric medicine, and/or data analytics for closed-loop neuromodulation therapies.

Department or Program Summary
The Knight Campus is a bold new effort designed to accelerate the cycle of translating scientific discoveries into innovations that improve quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. Rooted in the University of Oregon’s 60-year history of interdisciplinary collaboration, the Knight Campus catalyzes new research opportunities, forges partnerships with industrial and clinical practitioners, and provides integrated experiential training for the next generation of citizen scientists and entrepreneurs. Initial faculty expertise is in areas such as bone regeneration, femtosecond imaging and fabrication, miniaturized implantable sensors, thin film electrodes for neural interfacing, synthetic neurology, protein engineering and gene synthesis.

Individuals joining the Knight Campus through this search will be among the early cohort of Knight Campus faculty, providing significant input to the growth and culture of the new initiative. Knight Campus faculty will be housed in a spectacular new 160,000 square foot research building scheduled to open in Fall 2020. Additionally, faculty joining the Knight Campus will have the opportunity to engage with the newly formed joint Biomedical Data Center with Oregon Health Sciences University which will provide a robust resource for computational analysis, tools and collaboration. More information on the Knight Campus strategic priorities can be found at: https://accelerate.uoregon.edu/strategic-plan.

Minimum Requirements
• Doctorate in Applied Physics, Engineering, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Biology, or related discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Demonstrated ability to mentor and support students from diverse backgrounds through examples of cross-cultural communication skills, successful experience with different teaching strategies with the goal addressing different learning contexts and/or an example of supporting or leading program or set of activities that promoted interest and retention in the sciences by individuals from under-represented groups.
• Teaching experience in courses relevant to bioengineering and neuroengineering curricula such as applied physics, material science, peripheral nervous system physiology, machine learning, as relevant based on seniority.
• Successful record of external support for research program as relevant to seniority in the position.
• Successful record of peer-reviewed publications as relevant to seniority in the position.

Preferred Qualifications
• A nationally recognized track record of scientific achievement as evidenced by an outstanding publication record and other appropriate external indicators as relevant to the individual’s seniority in the field.
• Experience working in complex, multi-stakeholder environments with the ability to build successfully at multiple interfaces (e.g. UO colleges and departments, other Oregon universities, and industry).
• Demonstrated experience with large government agencies, foundations, industry, and philanthropy with a thorough understanding of funding opportunities and pathways and strategies to successfully attract funding sufficient for the individual’s research program and ambitions as relevant to the individual’s seniority in the field.
• Demonstrated commitment in translating research discoveries to applications that improve the human condition.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversifying the pipeline of participants in science training and careers.
• Demonstrated success in a pedagogical environment using evidence-based pedagogical methods.

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 167,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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