Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Position Summary: The Department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 9-month (AY), tenure-track, faculty position (60% research/40% teaching) at the assistant professor rank with a focus in Biomanufacturing. We seek candidates who are interested in using biological systems (e.g., living/resting microbes, eukaryotic cell cultures, plants, tissues, enzymes, or synthetic biology) to produce commercially important biomolecules for use in the agricultural, food, materials, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. The position comes with access to a state-of-the-art pilot-scale facility in addition to laboratory space in a new research building. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized research program focused on new and/or improved biomanufacturing tools for the production of value-added products. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and develop a graduate course that complements other BSE courses.
The successful candidate will contribute to the Biodesign and Bioprocessing priority area in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Intelligent Infrastructure and Human-Centered Communities (IIHCC) Destination Area (DA) at Virginia Tech. The IIHCC DA is focused on bringing visionary humanists and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. Faculty working together in this area are committed to transdisciplinary solutions that exist along the interdependencies between humans, community, and infrastructure with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life around the globe. Information about Destination Areas at Virginia Tech is available at provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html.
The BSE department is a diverse, dynamic, and rapidly expanding unit that includes faculty members conducting cutting-edge research in Bioprocess/Biomolecular Engineering and Watershed Science and Engineering, while implementing crucial extension programming through Virginia Cooperative Extension. The BSE department is affiliated with two nationally ranked colleges: the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The department has close collaborations with many faculty, departments, and institutes across the university and state that are involved in biomanufacturing, engineering, and biological research.
A Ph.D. degree in an Agricultural, Biochemical, Biological, or Biological Systems Engineering (or a closely related field) is required. Candidates should demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preference will be given to candidates with at least one degree in Engineering and evidence of peer-reviewed publications, extramural funding, teaching excellence; demonstrated experience with interdiscipliany teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech's university-wide multi-disciplianry focus on Intelligent Infrastructure and Human-Centered Communities; and experiences and interests in culturally diverse groups.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).