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View the Kenneth and Celia Carlile Chair in Materials Science

View the Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering

View the McCollum Endowed Chair of Data Science

The Kenneth and Celia Carlile Chair in Materials Science, and
The Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University is seeking to fill two newly established endowed faculty positions. The Mearse Chair was established to support and build the broad area of Biological or Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on Biomaterials. The Carlile Chair was established to enhance the expanding research capabilities of the University in the broad area of Materials Science and Engineering.

These positions are expected to contribute to the growing research enterprise at Baylor University in the strategic areas of Materials Science, Health, and Human Flourishing and as identified in the Illuminate vision document. Successful candidates are expected to maintain a highly active and internationally recognized research program, engaging in sponsored research, teaching, mentoring and training of graduate students, collaborating with other faculty and colleagues in new research projects, and establishing strong ties with the Baylor community. While the tenure home of the holder of either chair will be in one of the departments within the School of Engineering and Computer Science, joint appointments across disciplinary boundaries are encouraged.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, material science or a related field and have a demonstrated record of accomplishments that include sustained research funding, internationally recognized scholarship, and outstanding teaching commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure. The successful candidates are expected to help increase research activity, promote the formation of new degree programs, and maintain teaching excellence. The position will begin as early as August 2021 at the Full Professor level. Highly competitive startup packages will accompany the position. Because of Baylor’s strong Christian mission, the successful applicant must have an active Christian faith.

In the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor offers Ph.D. programs in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science. The School has state-of-the-art research facilities in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, a newly developed, modern research facility designed to foster scientific and technological innovation. The College of Arts and Science includes 12 programs in the Sciences housed in the Baylor Science Building that includes multiple core and service facilities with over 150 laboratories.

Consideration of applications will commence January 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must include: (1) a current vita, (2) an individualized statement of research plans related to Baylor's programs, (3) a statement of active Christian faith, and (4) contact information for at least five professional references who will be contacted for finalists. Further information, including official transcripts and background check, will be required of finalists.

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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Hallmarks of Baylor include a commitment to education in a supportive Christian environment, faculty collegiality, and small class sizes. Baylor offers over 46 doctoral programs with more than 19,000 students.

McCollum Endowed Chair of Data Science

The McCollum Family Endowed Chair in Data Science is a research-focused position in the Baylor University Computer Science and Informatics Department. Data Science is one of the five Signature Academic Initiatives in Baylor’s strategic plan Illuminate and is involved in key research for the University. This transformative, endowed position is a visionary investment in the future of Data Science research and education across the university.

Qualifications: The University invites applications for this tenure-track position at the rank of Full Professor beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. An ideal candidate will help shape a comprehensive, university-wide strategic plan for Data Science. This will be done through leadership, collaboration, and growth of infrastructure and interdisciplinary research. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Data Science or a related discipline; Baylor is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Other qualifications include an established history of extramural funding, high impact academic artifacts, and graduate student mentorship. A viable applicant should demonstrate excellent potential as an individual researcher and collaborator across multiple disciplines.

The Department: Computer Science and Informatics is one of three departments in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. It offers a B.S. in Informatics with majors in Data Science and Bioinformatics, B.S. and B.A. degrees in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computing with a major in Computer Science Fellows. On location M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science are offered, as well as an online M.S. program which started Fall 2020. The Department has 17 full-time faculty, over 280 undergraduates, and over 25 graduate students. Visit the departmental website for more information.

The University: Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Great Colleges to Work For." Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier-one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission. As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has over 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

Appointment Date: Fall 2021. For full consideration, applications must be received by December 31, 2020.

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit a letter of application, a 1-2 page research plan, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, a copy of an official transcript showing the highest degree conferred (if the Ph.D. is in progress, a copy of the official transcript of completed Ph.D. hours should also be submitted), and the names and email addresses of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation as a single PDF file by clicking the button below. Finalists for this position will be required to submit official transcripts for the doctoral degree in advance of a campus visit. Inquiries about the position can be sent to

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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