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    Director, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    The Virginia Tech/Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering
    and Sciences (SBES) seeks the founding Director of the School. SBES is the
    result of a unique cooperative endeavor between Virginia Tech (VT) and Wake
    Forest University (WFU). The SBES mission is to generate and disseminate
    knowledge through research and education to improve human and animal health
    by cooperate advancements in engineering, science and medicine. There are
    numerous advantages of this collaborative model. Wake Forest provides unique
    support to the effort through its top ranked medical school and wide range
    of research interests. Virginia Tech has a highly ranked college of
    engineering, a well known college of veterinary medicine, and strong
    research programs in related areas throughout the university. The two
    universities are in relative close geographic proximity. SBES offers M.S.
    and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering (BME). These degree programs are
    designed to promote and facilitate unique collaborative interactions between
    both faculty and students at VT's College of Engineering (CoE), the
    Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), and the
    WFU School of Medicine (WFUSM).

    We seek candidates with a recognized research program in one of the focus
    areas of the School, who have administrative experience, and who have the
    interest and drive to build the School into a nationally-recognized
    biomedical engineering program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in engineering
    or a closely related field of science, meet the criteria to be appointed as
    a full professor with tenure in one of the departments within the VT College
    of Engineering, and document ability to work with life scientists and

    Experience with distance education is desirable. The Director position is a
    12 month appointment. Salary is competitive and commensurate with

    Virginia Tech, the land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is
    located about 45 miles west of Roanoke in the scenic hills of southwestern
    Virginia. There are 21,000 full-time residential undergraduates and 6,250
    graduate and professional students enrolled both on- and off-campus
    throughout the state. With annual research expenditures of about $170
    million, Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top 50 research
    universities in the United States. The engineering departments involved are
    consistently ranked within the top 25 nationally. The CoE enrolls
    approximately 5,500 undergraduates and 1,800 graduate students. VMRCVM is
    one of 27 veterinary medical colleges in the United States, and it offers
    comprehensive educational programs, provides advanced clinical care for
    clients throughout the region, and conducts a variety of animal and
    biomedical research programs. Further information about SBES, the
    University, the CoE, and VMRCVM can be found at,,, and Information about the town of
    Blacksburg is available at

    Screening of candidates will begin on November 15, 2004 and will continue
    until the position is filled. Nomination letters should include statements
    about the nominee's relevant credentials. On-line applications at are strongly encouraged. Nominations may be sent to:
    Dean Hassan Aref, Search Committee Chair
    333 Norris Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

    Virginia Tech is committed to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit,
    seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, and people
    with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in
    the application process or needing this material in an alternate format
    should notify the search chair.

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