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Assistant Professor - Tenure track - in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine & Mechanical Engineering

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Title: Assistant Professor - Tenure track - in Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine & Mechanical Engineering

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Position Description

The Departments of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (School of Medicine) and Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering), in partnership with the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM), invite applications for two full-time tenure track Assistant Professors. Both positions' primary appointments will be in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (School of Medicine) with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering). 100% tenure will reside in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

Applications are sought in the broad area of fundamental science in connective tissue biology (including, but not limited to tissue engineering, mechanobiology, stem cell biology, and/or regenerative medicine). The positions will focus on musculoskeletal conditions that disproportionately affect women’s health and fitness (e.g., osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and ligament/tendon disease). The first position is supported in part by the Endowed Chair for Women’s Sports and Lifetime Fitness, and the successful applicant will become the Chair holder. The second position is supported in part by the Truer-Wagner Chair and the successful applicant will become the Chair holder. 

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who will work collaboratively with faculty in both departments and ISCRM to develop an innovative, extramurally funded research program. Both positions will also involve teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering using active learning pedagogy. The successful candidates will build on our existing diversity efforts and will partner to develop new initiatives that enhance diversity in Orthopaedics and Mechanical Engineering and/or ISCRM. Finally, the holder of both Chairs will contribute to community outreach whose goal is to enhance the health of women throughout their lives. This is a 12-month service period position (July-June) with an anticipated start date in Winter 2022. Review of applications will begin August 2021.

The University of Washington is one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions and our faculty are committed to excellent teaching, outstanding research, and exemplary service. In addition to its internationally recognized clinical care over five hospitals, the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine pursues a wide range of research that ranges from skeletal biology and tissue regeneration to clinical trials to enhance patient care ( The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering, including interdisciplinary work in advanced materials & manufacturing, data science & machine learning, energy & the environment, heath, mechatronics & robotics, and fluids ( The mission of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) is to harness breakthroughs in stem cell biology to develop new treatments for today’s patients (  The University of Washington is uniquely positioned among biomedical research institutions in its ability to lead in both basic discovery and its application to the treatment of disease. The University and its affiliated institutions, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Children's Hospital, are widely regarded as leaders among the premiere biomedical research institutions in the world, with great strengths in the constellation of areas crucial for success in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.


Applicants must have a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant field by the date of appointment. The successful applicant will demonstrate high quality scientific productivity, previous success in securing extramural funding from national agencies, and a documented commitment to enhancing diversity in science.  


Applicants should include a cover letter, contact information for 3 references, and 2 brief statements used for initial evaluation of the applicants (300 words each): 1) a summary of previous efforts and future plans to enhance diversity in science, education, and/or the broader community, 2) a description of the scientific accomplishments the candidate is most proud of. Additionally, applicants should provide a 3 to 5-page statement on their research, teaching & mentorship, and equity, diversity & inclusivity and 3 selected publications or manuscripts in press.

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