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Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering


Viterbi School of Engineering


Los Angeles, California

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair and holder of the Dwight C. and Hildegarde E. Baum Chair. Applicants must hold an earned doctorate in Biomedical Engineering or related discipline and meet the qualifications for appointment to the rank of full professor with tenure.  The USC Viterbi School is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and welcomes applications from women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at USC, established in 1976, is home to 27 primary tenured/tenure-track, research, and teaching faculty, with 47 affiliated faculty representing departments across the University including the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The Department’s 250 undergraduate students are some of the most talented undergraduates attending the University, with five University Valedictorians awarded to BME students since 1980. The Department’s faculty lead our 200 plus graduate students in research across four broad thematic areas including: biomedical devices & imaging, systems cellular & molecular bioengineering, mathematical/computational biosystems, and neuroengineering. The Department has a long tradition of multi-investigator research centers including the NIH funded Biomedical Simulations Resource and the Medical Ultrasound Transducer Research Centers, the NSF Engineering Research Center in Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, as well as the Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics. Through its Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership Program and the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC, the Department’s faculty are actively engaged in translating their fundamental research discoveries into commercially viable biomedical technologies.

The Department’s primary faculty also hold affiliated appointments in numerous departments where their leadership advances research at the intersection of engineering, medicine and biology throughout the University. Our faculty are contributing members to University-wide research centers and institutes including the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, the USC Neurorestoration Center, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, as well as the Institute for Technology and Medical Systems (ITEMS) and Keck Medicine of USC.

Further information about the Department can be found on our web site


We seek an accomplished, visionary biomedical engineering researcher and educator, with a distinguished record of scholarship and educational innovation, who has the vision and collaborative skills to lead the Department’s faculty, students, and staff in our mission to improve human health and well-being through biomedical engineering innovations. The Chair will promote and expand the strong collaborations between Department faculty and other research and clinical centers within the University, as well as enhance the Department’s tradition of translational research, through their advocacy with other faculty and administrators throughout the University. The Chair will also engage our students’ active participation in their education to continually advance the Department’s educational programs and the discipline of biomedical engineering. In addition, the Chair will take a prominent role in representing the Department with the broader biomedical engineering community, including national/international biomedical engineering societies, government agencies, and industry stakeholders.

The Viterbi School and USC

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is among the top tier engineering schools in the world.  It counts 191 full-time tenure-track faculty members, 79 full-time teaching faculty, and 40 full-time research faculty. Home to the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the School has been the recipient of many national centers, including two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, a Department of Energy EFRC (Energy Frontiers Research Center), and the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, CREATE.  Affiliated with the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the Institute for Creative Technologies and the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, the School is the host of the NSF Innovation Node Los Angeles. Research expenditures exceed $200 million annually. In 2017, the School was awarded the ASEE President’s Award for its continuing efforts to “change the conversation” about engineering and develop a robust and diverse engineering pipeline.

USC is committed to a vibrant and healthy work environment, being consistently honored as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to health, vision, and dental plans for employees, spouses/partners, and dependents, USC also provides services such as the Center for Work and Family Life, access to child care, and the Mindfulness program, as well as cultural events such as Visions and Voices.  Deeply connected to the surrounding community, USC partners with local initiatives and encourages faculty to participate through programs such as Good Neighbors and CS@SC.

Application process

To receive full consideration, candidates should apply on-line at by February 28, 2021. Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their leadership and administrative experiences, vision and goals as Chair, and approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. A complete curriculum vitae, as well as research and teaching statements must also be submitted. References will be requested at a later time.

Nominations or questions about the position can be addressed to the Biomedical Engineering Department Chair Search Committee c/o Professor David Z. D’Argenio at

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.The USC Viterbi School of Engineering is committed to enabling the success of dual career families and fosters a family-friendly environment.

Published on September 12th, 2017

Last updated on February 3rd, 2021