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Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

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Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering

University of Alberta

MH Biomedical Engineering

Competition No. – A107449612

Closing Date – Will remain open until filled.

Department summary
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta is a joint department between the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Our department is at the forefront of one of the most rewarding areas of engineering, applying the theory and methods of engineering to medicine. Research in the department is highly interdisciplinary across a wide range of biomedical engineering fields including biomaterials, biosensing, magnetic resonance imaging, biomechanics, computational modeling, medical robotics, advanced prosthetics, rehabilitation engineering, and many others. We work closely and enjoy long-standing partnerships with departments in the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, Engineering, Science, and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Management of the department has recently transitioned to the Faculty of Engineering. At this exciting time, we are seeking a Department Chair to lead our team through this unique period of transition and growth. The Department currently offers research opportunities and courses leading to MSc and PhD degrees and presently has an enrolment of 34 graduate students. With a newly developed course-based MSc and plans for expanded course, program, and research offerings, we are looking to significantly increase the number of faculty, staff, and students in our Department. A key member of our team, the Department Chair will help realize and achieve our teaching and research goals. More information is available at
Term: 5 Years
Overview of the Role
Department Chairs oversee their department’s operation, including
• strategic planning;
• guiding and enabling the development success of faculty members and staff; development, supervision, and administration of academic programs; student enrollment target planning;
• budget planning, financial management, and oversight; and
• many other department activities.
Department Chairs also focus on the development and growth of a Department and Faculty focused on delivering excellence in education and research, including research funds, evaluations, promotions, and career planning. We are seeking candidates who possess a proven track record in university teaching, research, and administration. The successful candidate will practice effective leadership in an academic environment. They will participate as a member of teams and committees with other University administrators and staff at department, faculty, and college levels. In line with the Faculty of Engineering’s strategic priorities, the successful candidate will lead the Department in modernizing undergraduate and graduate programs with industry-relevant curricula; fostering a positive, inclusive, and safe culture for faculty, students, and staff; and supporting research effectiveness, interdisciplinary research, and mentorship of trainees and new faculty members. They will advance the University’s priority of creating an inclusive and equitable environment that seeks to learn the needs of, and value the contributions of, all members of the campus community.
The Department Chair is a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor, and the appointment will take effect on July 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful candidate must:
• Hold a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline or related field;
• Have been appointed at the level of Professor or equivalent at a research-focused institution; and
• Have demonstrated academic leadership experience and research excellence in a field related to BME..
Faculty of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering is among five departments in the Faculty of Engineering, including Chemical and Materials Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering, which encompasses the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The Faculty of Engineering is continuing a significant expansion in our engineering program offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels; the pursuit of cutting-edge, internationally-recognized research and teaching; and the provision of exceptional service to communities. Engineering faculty members at the University of Alberta work within a vibrant, integrated, collaborative environment, where a strong focus on fundamentals is combined with industrial interaction and opportunities to build research relationships, both inside and outside of the Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty of Engineering is among the largest engineering schools in North America with over 4,800 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students. In recent years, the Faculty has undergone significant expansion of its infrastructure with the addition of over one million sq. ft. of new teaching, research, and personnel space.
University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation in the humanities, natural sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. The University of Alberta offers close to 900 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties across five campuses, including one rural and one francophone campus, and has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s foremost research-intensive universities, with over $446 million annually in external research funding and undergraduate and graduate enrollment exceeding 40,000. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”
The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, home to over one million people and Alberta’s capital. Edmonton offers a vibrant start-up ecosystem, a major industrial corridor for oil and gas, and a growing industry for renewables, with several opportunities for partnerships. The city offers the amenities of a large urban center while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. Edmonton is known internationally for its thriving arts scene with a variety of family activities, an array of indoor and outdoor sports and fitness opportunities, one of North America’s largest stretches of urban parkland, and top-ranked healthcare services. The campus offers child care, and there are multiple housing options within steps of campus. Faculty members are offered parental and medical leaves, retirement benefits, and healthcare benefits. The Faculty of Engineering values families and aims to minimize the long-distance separation of them when possible through our spouse/partner hiring practices.
We invite you to visit these websites for information about the:
• University of Alberta (
• Faculty of Engineering (, and City of Edmonton (
If you would like to discuss this posting and find out more about joining the academic community at the University of Alberta, please contact Simaan AbouRizk mailto:([email protected]), Dean and Chair of the Selection Committee. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection decision.
How to Apply:
Please submit all the below documents together in one single PDF document:
• A cover letter that includes highlights of your profile
• The names and contact information of three referees
• Curriculum vitae
• Leadership statement (4 pages maximum) that describes your previous administrative experience and your vision for the Department of Biomedical Engineering (Attach it under the “Other” tab)
• Research statement (2 pages maximum) that outlines main areas of current research and short- and long- term research goals
• Teaching dossier (2 pages maximum) that includes a teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness
• Equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) statement (2 pages maximum) that outlines your philosophy, experience, training, and future interests and goals in these areas related to the Department Chair role as well as your research, teaching, and service work. The future interest and goals section should be aligned with institutional and disciplinary strategies, such as:
• University of Alberta’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity: and Indigenous Strategic Plan:
• Engineers Canada’s Strategy:
The University of Alberta aims to increase our diversity, equity, and inclusivity and has 5-year plans in the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. We also support Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 Goal to increase the proportion of newly licensed female-identifying engineers to 30% by the year 2030. The Faculty of Engineering is taking steps in our outreach, student recruitment, and hiring processes with the diversity of having as diverse of a community as those we serve.
References will only be contacted for applicants selected for interviews. Review of applications will begin April 10, 2023, and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight MST of the closing date.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
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The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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