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AOI Biosensing Chair Position
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri (MU) College of Engineering invites nominations and applications for a tenured faculty position as the AOI Chair in Biosensing. This newly-formed position is an interdisciplinary Chair, funded by a donation from Dr. Thompson Lin and Applied OptoElectronics, Inc. (AOI). The Chair position is for five years and is renewable based on performance. The position's home department is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Additional appointments in other academic units, such as Bioengineering and the School of Medicine, are possible.

Responsibilities: The AOI Chair will be a visionary individual who will provide leadership and guidance for new programs in the interdisciplinary fields of biomedical sensing and translational research. The AOI Chair will develop a world-class program in noninvasive sensor technology related to biomedicine; modalities can include micro- and nanotechnologies, optoelectronics, photonics, nanophotonics, imaging, or other closely-related areas. The AOI Chair is expected to work closely with multiple departments to assemble interdisciplinary teams to investigate new sensor technologies and applications. The AOI Chair will strengthen the scientific leadership and visibility of interdisciplinary research at MU.

The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through research, teaching, and service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The AOI Chair is expected to lead and support external development opportunities; be an advocate for the college; enhance the national and international reputation of the department; establish cooperative opportunities with industry partners including AOI, and mentor faculty at different stages of their career.

Required Qualifications: Qualifications and attributes for the successful candidate include a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, biophysics, biomedical engineering, or a closely associated field. The candidate must have a demonstrated record of excellence in biomedical research or a related field. The candidate must have demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, and students as well as other leaders in electrical engineering, biophysics, biomedical, medical device sensor research areas, and technology. The candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.

About MU and EECS Department:
MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is a member of the American Association of Universities. Founded in 1839, MU was the first university west of the Mississippi River, and in 1849, the first to offer classes in engineering. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is both an ideal college town and vibrant small city and is consistently ranked among the top places to live in the United States. The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

College of Engineering
The MU College of Engineering ( includes 9 disciplines and 130 faculty members, 3,319 undergraduates, and 600 graduate students. The College is currently recruiting for 40-50 new faculty in biomedical innovations, big data analytics, and sustainability. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the doctoral level.

The College of Engineering is home to numerous research centers, signature programs, and laboratories. Major research strength areas include big data analytics, pattern recognition and machine learning, bioinformatics and medical informatics, cyber security, high-performance computing, image processing and graphics, physical and power electronics, geospatial intelligence, eldercare and rehabilitation technology, nano/micro systems, signal processing, computer vision, and robotics. We also house our own office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, an Inclusivity Center, and a Women in Engineering Center.

Areas of strength at MU include a world renowned Veterinary Medicine College on the same campus as an innovative School of Medicine and teaching hospital, an outstanding animal sciences department and a College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. MU is home to the National Swine Resource and Research Center, which produces transgenic pigs, the National Center for Gender Physiology, and the Dalton Cardiovascular Center, which fosters interdisciplinary research. The University of Missouri Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (MU-iCATS) serves as the focal point for MU programs that transform research findings into solutions for human health issues. The University of Missouri Clinical Research Center facilitates clinical trials (Phase 1 – 4) at the university and serves as a bridge between patient-centered care and biomedical science

To apply for this position, apply online through the MU web site at and submit the following documents: (1) Cover letter, including a summary of professional accomplishments; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A narrative of your vision for the area of Biosensing (4) Names and contact information of three references (The candidate will be notified before any references are contacted).

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Marjorie Skubic, Chair of Search Committee (

Benefit Eligibility:
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment:
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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