Employment Opportunities


Postdoctoral associate

The Verbridge Laboratory for Integrative Tumor Ecology (LITE) in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a funded project to develop advanced 3D engineered models of the dynamic tumor vascular niche. This will be a highly dynamic and interactive research opportunity, with the potential to collaborate on ongoing projects in the fields of brain and pancreatic cancer modeling, tumor ablation therapy development, and studies in tumor-bacterial interactions. Our lab uses a host of engineering, imaging, and molecular methods to analyze tumor microenvironment dynamics, and collaborates closely with experts in cancer, small and large animal models, microbiology, and devices, both at Virginia Tech and at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. The position will initially be for a 12-month period, with possible yearly extensions based on annual performance evaluations.

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Alumni and External Relations Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Alumni and External Relations Coordinator develops, coordinates, promotes, maintains and evaluates special alumni relations events and programs. The coordinator supports relations between the department and potential employers of program graduates, including organizing special events that promote interaction between students and potential employers. Activities may be on or off campus, therefore some travel will be required. Works with faculty in support of external visibility and relations, and interfaces with Advancement.

Core responsibilities:

  • Develops, coordinates and evaluates alumni relations programs and projects.
  • Plans, coordinates, and attends special alumni relations-related events, including recognition banquets, receptions, departmental homecoming events and alumni golf outings.
  • Provides stewardship of alumni donors and friends of the department.
  • Develops donor recognition programs.
  • Works collaboratively with the Department Academic and Career Advisor by participating in recruiting activities for the department.
  • Communicates, in a highly professional manner, with department faculty, university administrators, researchers, staff and students and with the many callers and visitors from outside the Virginia Tech community.
  • Works with departmental personnel to develop web based articles/news stories related to professional awards received, notable research projects and activity.
  • Develops and maintains departmental social media interactions through coordination with Marketing Team lead.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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Tenure-track/tenured faculty at the assistant or associate level, cancer studies

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. Faculty candidates are sought from the broad spectrum of cancer research from an engineering and mechanics perspective. Neuro-oncology is a key focus area at Virginia Tech; however, qualified candidates in other cancers will also be considered. Special attention will be given for applicants who have expertise in translational cancer research for emerging technologies to identify, treat, and protect against cancer. The successful candidate will initiate and maintain an active research program and contribute to the educational mission of the Department.

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Tenure track/tenured faculty at the assistant or associate level, mechanics of smart energy materials

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in the broad area of mechanics of smart energy materials. Special consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and interests in bio-inspired dynamical systems, nano-engineered systems, and advanced materials for energy applications as well as those candidates whose work is at the food, water, and energy nexus. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong research program and contribute to the educational mission of the department at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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Full-Time Instructor of Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) at Virginia Tech is seeking non-tenure track Instructors for two positions that will start on August 10, 2017. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of continuation dependent upon performance and availability of funding. Duties will include teaching undergraduate mechanic courses, particularly statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials. Additional opportunities may be available to teach undergraduate courses in engineering science and mechanics and/or biomedical engineering.

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