Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Research Assistant Professor in Epithelial Cell Biology and the Mechanics of Morphogenesis

Research Assistant Professor


Tenure Type: Non-Tenure
Department: Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering (engineering.pitt.edu/bioengineering) invites applications from accomplished individuals with a PhD or equivalent degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or closely related disciplines for a non-tenure stream Research Assistant Professor faculty position.  Applicants should have greater than five years of postdoctoral experience carrying out independent as well as collaborative research in the field of epithelial cell biology and the mechanics of morphogenesis. This position will involve innovative research and development of tools and methodology to study the integration of cell polarity and cell mechanics during neurulation in the frog Xenopus laevis. These approaches may include live-cell imaging, development and validation of reagents including knock-down, mutant proteins, and small molecule inhibitors, and analysis of mechanosensing and cell signal transduction pathways. The selected candidate will be responsible for writing grant applications and contributing to ongoing projects covering the mechanobiology of development and coordination of collective cell behaviors. The Research Assistant Professor will also be responsible for preparing reports and archival publications of ongoing projects and communicating research results at scientific meetings. Additionally, the selected candidate may assist in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and overseeing laboratory staff engaged on research projects.

Located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh is a top-five institution in terms of NIH funding, and provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary research, strengthened through its affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).  The Department of Bioengineering, consistently ranked among the top programs in the country, has outstanding research and educational programs, offering undergraduate (~270 students, sophomore-to-senior years) and graduate (~150 PhD or MD/PhD and ~50 MS students) degrees.  The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (mirm.pitt.edu), Computational and Systems Biology (https://www.csb.pitt.edu/), the Vascular Medicine Institute (vmi.pitt.edu), the Brain Institute (braininstitute.pitt.edu), Starzl Transplantation Institute (http://www.stiresearch.health.pitt.edu/), and the Drug Discovery Institute (upddi.pitt.edu) offer many collaborative research opportunities.  The Center for Medical Innovation (https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/CMI/), the Coulter Translational Partnership II Program (engineering.pitt.edu/coulter) and the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data (healthdataalliance.com/university-of-pittsburgh) provide biomedical innovation and translation opportunities.

Interested individuals must submit the following information online at http://apply.interfolio.com/75489: (1) cover letter, (2) complete CV (including funding record, if applicable), (3) research statement, (4) teaching statement, (5) three representative publications, and (6) names and complete contact information of at least four references.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 30, 2020.  However, applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Early submission is highly encouraged.

The Department of Bioengineering is fully committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates.  We strongly encourage candidates from these groups to apply for the position.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.