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    School of Engineering
    University of Kansas
    Rank: Open

    POSITION: The School of Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU)
    invites nominations and applications for two positions (one senior and one
    junior) in the Bioengineering area. For one of the positions, applicants
    should have demonstrated strong research interests and expertise in the area
    of biomechanics. Although all areas of biomechanics will be considered,
    primary consideration will be given to applicants with experimental and/or
    computational experience in biomaterials, biomedical instrumentation or
    cardiovascular engineering. For the second position, applicants should have
    demonstrated strong research interests and expertise in chemical engineering
    related to biomedical applications. Specific research areas include (but
    are not limited to) protein engineering, metabolic engineering, drug
    delivery, gene therapy, tissue engineering, and structural genomics.

    Rank is open for either position subject to the constraint that we prefer to
    hire one junior faculty (as Assistant Professor) and one senior faculty (as
    Associate Professor or Full Professor including as Distinguished Professor).
    Assistant Professor applicants should have demonstrated high potential for
    success in engineering education, research, and professional service, while
    Associate and Full Professor applicants should have outstanding records in
    these areas. The recruited faculty members will be expected to teach both
    undergraduate and graduate level courses, develop graduate level
    bioengineering courses, and support departmental growth. They will also be
    expected to establish a strong externally funded research program, supervise
    graduate student research, and foster collaboration with other departments
    including those at the KU Medical Center. At the Full Professor level, we
    seek a dynamic leader with a demonstrated record of research and academic
    excellence to spearhead the development of strong bio-related research and
    education ties between engineering and other disciplines such as medicine,
    chemistry, and biology. The efforts of the Full Professor, in combination
    with growing faculty research efforts, are expected to eventually result in
    the formation of a multidisciplinary bioengineering research center and a
    bioengineering graduate degree program.

    BIOENGINEERING FOCUS AT KU: The University of Kansas recently selected
    Bioengineering as an important growth area with respect to interdisciplinary
    research and education. The School of Engineering plans to further build
    its faculty in these areas and to spearhead the formation a Bioengineering
    Center of Excellence, characterized by vigorous interdisciplinary research
    and graduate degree programs in these areas. Excellent opportunities exist
    for developing multidisciplinary research programs involving faculty from
    the School of Medicine, the School of Allied Health, Pharmaceutical
    Chemistry and Biological Sciences. In addition, the Kansas City Area Life
    Sciences Institute ( will help to serve as the
    coordinating body for fostering collaborative relationships among the major
    life sciences research institutions including KU and the Stowers Institute
    for Medical Research.

    The home department of the recruited faculty will be either the Department
    of Mechanical Engineering (ME) or the Department of Chemical and Petroleum
    Engineering (CPE) depending upon research interests and qualifications.

    ME DEPARTMENT: The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers B.S.,
    Master's and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. It currently has14
    faculty members, and approximately 220 undergraduates and 50 graduate
    students. The department has been developing biomechanics as a focus
    research area and presently has five faculty members investigating
    orthopedic biomechanics, bone mechanics, biomaterials, biocontrols, and
    biodynamics. Other departmental research areas include computer-aided
    manufacturing, computational mechanics, composite materials, and
    thermo-fluid science. For more information on these activities, see and

    CPE DEPARTMENT ( The department offers B.S., Master's
    and Ph.D. degrees in chemical and petroleum engineering. The department has
    13 faculty members, approximately 200 undergraduate students and 45 graduate
    students. Four faculty members have ongoing collaborative research programs
    with pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry departments. The diversity of
    funded research areas include improved oil recovery processes, fuel cell
    design, plasma processing of electronic materials, advanced computational
    techniques in chemical and petroleum engineering, membrane reactors for
    partial oxidations, advanced process design, fluid phase equilibria,
    supercritical fluid applications and controlled-release formulation
    development. For more information on these activities, see

    1. Earned PhD degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering,
    biomedical engineering or a closely related field.

    2. Demonstrated experience in bioengineering related research (in areas
    described in the "POSITION" section) as either part of the PhD dissertation
    or evidenced by research publications.

    3. Either a proven record of research, scholarship and graduate student
    training (for appointment at the Full and Associate Professor ranks) or
    evidence of strong potential for research and scholarship (for appointment
    at the Assistant Professor rank).

    4. Ability to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the home

    5. For appointment at either the Associate or the Full Professor rank,
    applicants must be eligible for a tenured faculty appointment at the
    appropriate rank at KU. The Faculty Senate Handbook lists the criteria for
    appointment at the Associate or Full Professor ranks.


    1. Nominees must be truly distinguished as scholars in appropriate fields.
    Although this criterion is highly dependent on the breadth of the area, a
    nominee should generally rank among the most distinguished scholars in the
    field in this country as well as be recognized internationally as a leader
    in the field.

    2. Nominees should have proven records of contribution to the growth and
    success of their institutions, colleagues and students.

    3. Nominees should demonstrate some contribution to other fields and
    departments related to their own, and in participation in University affairs

    4. Nominees must expect to identify themselves with the community and the
    State, and their appointment should serve the needs of the community and
    State in special ways perhaps not generally accomplished with regular
    professional appointments.

    1. Experience in multidisciplinary bioengineering related research in areas
    described in the "POSITION" section, and potential to interact with
    researchers at KU and the KU Medical Center.

    2. For Associate or Full Professor appointments, a strong track record of
    externally funded research, and demonstrated capability to interact with
    researchers in the life science disciplines to develop successful
    multidisciplinary research programs.

    3. Ability to teach core courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in
    chemical engineering or mechanical engineering.


    The positions are available beginning August 18, 2003. Base appointment is
    9 months. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with
    qualifications and experience.


    Letters of application or nominations should be sent to: Bioengineering
    Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering,
    University of Kansas, Learned Hall, 1530 W. 15th Street, Room 4006,
    Lawrence, Kansas, 66045. A complete application should include a letter of
    application, curriculum vitae, a description of research and teaching
    interests and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

    Review of applications begins March 15, 2003 and will continue until
    selections are made.

    The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
    Employer. The University encourages applications from underrepresented
    group members. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on
    the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age,
    disability and veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit
    discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and
    parental status.

    Carl W. Luchies, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
    tel: 785-864-2993

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