Position: The Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to start in Fall 2021. We seek a highly collaborative colleague in the research area of immunoengineering. The SBME strategic plan, in alignment with the Gallogly College of Engineering and University of Oklahoma strategic plans, has selected immunoengineering as one of two focus areas for several upcoming faculty hires to build on existing research strengths that additionally include cancer, nanomedicine, peptide engineering, optical bioimaging, and regenerative medicine. Applications spanning the spectrum of immunoengineering are warmly welcome, with examples including T cell immunology, biomaterials, delivery, and/or immunomodulation. Competitive candidates will be outstanding and effective communicators who value translational research and who enjoy and contribute to a shared camaraderie with faculty, staff, and students. We welcome candidates whose professional experience has prepared them to be an integral member of a culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional activity.
Department and Region: SBME was founded in 2016 and we moved into our home in the new Gallogly Hall building in 2019. SBME has a close collaborative relationship with the Gallogly College of Engineering Diversity & Inclusion Program, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and which aligns with the university’s strategic plan. Our faculty and students enjoy extensive partnerships with scientists and clinicians at the OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), including the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC). The SCC achieved NCI designation in 2018, and immuno-oncology is a high priority for the SCC, with resources available to support immunoengineering faculty with cancer interests. For the HHDC, research across the basic and clinical complications of diabetes emphasizes the role of immunity in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In support of translational research, the SCC is ranked #1 among all cancer centers in the nation for the number of people participating in NCI-sponsored National Clinical Trials Network. The SBME faculty are highly translational, with multiple startup companies and NIH SBIR grants. There is fertile ground for entrepreneurship in support of translational research with resources including the Tom Love Innovation Hub, the Tom Love Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, the Norman Economic Development Coalition (NEDC), startup company investment from Innovation to Enterprise (i2E), and SBIR proposal support from the OK Catalyst program. There is opportunity for regional funding via organizations such as the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) and the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR), and a rich network for collaborations with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (OKC VA). OU SBME is committed to undergraduate and graduate education, with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Engineering. SBME currently has 10 faculty, ~250 undergraduates, and ~30 graduate students (~80% PhD), with the expectation of expanding to 15+ faculty in the near term on a strong sustained growth trajectory.
The University of Oklahoma: OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: the main campus in Norman, the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members. Known as the City of Festivals, Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located in the Oklahoma City metro area. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Explore further at VisitNorman.com. The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides. The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. This enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty, and staff and for the communities we engage. The Gallogly College of Engineering holds strong the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University of Oklahoma, recognizing its obligation to guarantee equal opportunity to all persons in all segments of University life, reaffirms its commitment to the continuation and expansion of positive programs that reinforce and strengthen its equal opportunity policies. This commitment stems not only from compliance with federal and state equal opportunity laws but from a desire to ensure social justice and promote campus diversity. Our commitment to the concept of equal opportunity requires sincere and cooperative efforts throughout all levels of our employment structure.
Qualifications: A PhD is required in biomedical engineering, immunology, or closely related field. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to research and teaching engineering courses, with the potential to develop a strong record of external grant funding. We seek candidates who will contribute to fostering an inclusive culture in all aspects of faculty responsibility, including the classroom, the academic community, and their professional commitments.
Application Process: Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021 and will continue until final selections are made. Upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, research statement, teaching statement, and contact information of four references to be used with your permission at https://apply.interfolio.com/82730. Salary and benefits are nationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Nominations may be sent to Prof. Michael Detamore at email@example.com.