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Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging Physics

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Mechanical Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor, Medical Imaging Physics

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Position Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, invites qualified candidates to apply for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. This position is on a 9-month service period with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2024.

We seek to hire a faculty member in medical imaging physics. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct basic and/or translational research making fundamental advances in the understanding of medical imaging physics (ultrasound, x-ray, PET, MRI, etc.) and their applications to advanced diagnostic and therapeutics in medicine and biology.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative and internationally recognized research program with direct impacts on both academia and industry. A critical expectation for the recruited candidate is to lead interdisciplinary research efforts in close collaboration with various entities and researchers both on and off campus, such as the School of Medicine or the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with direct impacts on both academia and industry. The candidate will also be expected to provide innovative, high-quality teaching in ME’s Bachelors, Master’s and PhD programs, to mentor, and educate graduate students, and to contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus. A critical expectation for the recruited candidate is to lead interdisciplinary research efforts in close collaboration with various entities and researchers both on and off campus, such as the School of Medicine or the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound.


The UW Mechanical Engineering Department has achieved international prominence in Engineering Sciences applied to Medicine. We have a strong presence in areas like cellular and cardiovascular biomechanics, rehabilitation and artificial limb engineering, cerebral palsy biomechanics, biophotonics and advanced endoscopy/microscopy diagnostics, urology, and point of care viral diagnostics. We aim to expand this success to advanced medical imaging techniques for diagnostic and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, endourology, musculoskeletal disorders, etc., where the ME Department already have a strong foothold and collaborations with the UW School of Medicine. ME@UW is in a significant and sustained growth period and seeks to build on existing strengths while expanding its impact. We want to emphasize that the individual’s excellence in research, as clearly identified by a record of publication in archival journals and presentations and top international conferences, is more important than the specific area of sub-specialization.

Seattle is a vibrant international city, known for its cultural diversity, robust economy, and natural beauty. The University of Washington is the top U.S. public institution for federal research funding, and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university. University of Washington faculty are committed to excellent teaching, outstanding research, and exemplary service. The Mechanical Engineering department’s research and teaching portfolio covers all aspects of the broad field of mechanical engineering. The department currently has 39 full-time tenured, tenure track, research and teaching faculty, 600 undergraduates, 250 Master’s students, 150 PhD students and 30 postdoctoral researchers and continues to grow. More information about the ME department is available at 

The base salary range for this position will be $11,111-$17,000 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. 



Applicants must have a PhD or other equivalent doctorate degree in Mechanical, Biomedical Engineering or a related discipline. The successful applicant will be expected to provide innovative, high-quality teaching; to develop a vigorous, externally-funded research program; and to contribute to the goals and missions of the department, college, and university.



Applications should include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements of research plans and educational experience and philosophy, and 4) a statement of how they have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion at the previous institutions they have been affiliated with and how they plan to contribute to the UW’s efforts and goals in DEI. The applicant should also provide the names and contact information for at least three references and copies of their three most significant publications.

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024, with applications accepted until the position is filled.

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