Careers

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Duke BME Faculty Expansion Initiative

Duke Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has entered into a phase of rapid growth. This expansion is motivated by the recognition that we are on the cusp of a new era, driven by the revolutionary changes in how biomedical research will be performed and how it will alter the practice of medicine in the near future. Biomedical engineering, located at the nexus of the physical and biomedical sciences, will play a major role in enabling these advances. To capitalize on the opportunity offered by this rapidly changing landscape, in 2014-2015 we added four new faculty to our ranks and plan to recruit another 10 tenured and tenure-track faculty in the next four to five years.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Posted University and Department Positions

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Managing Director, iMSEI

The new interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Institute (iMSEI) at Duke University invites applications for a Managing Director position.

The individual will be involved in and manage, in coordination with the Institute Director, the day-to-day development and growth of an institute that consolidates and advances a key area at Duke that is now spread between different faculty, departments, and schools. This is a major opportunity requiring interaction with and integration of key players across Duke, along with outside stakeholders, to build a leading entity that reflects Duke's brand of materials science. Focus areas include solutions to interdisciplinary and strategic global materials challenges in health, energy and photonics/electronics, and integration of research and education to train next generation Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) leaders. Additional activities that the Managing Director will lead and pursue, with the assistance of an administrative assistant, include: development of web-based and other communications channels for prospective students, corporate partners and donors; implementation of fund raising (industry, government and private) and pre- and post-award contract management activities; and assembly of financial and annual reports. A key element of the Institute’s activities will be to implement and support a new set of graduate programs (led by an Education Director). Although the primary role of this position will be day-to-day operations of the institute, technical involvement with research projects within the Institute could also be envisioned for candidates that desire this and that have an appropriate background.

Candidates are expected to have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience beyond a Master’s degree or a PhD degree, with at least the undergraduate component of their education in an engineering/science field. Experience with administrative management (e.g., of a large program or institute/center), including proficiency in communications, budgeting, grants and contracts, personnel supervision and project management, with the ability to assist with technical aims, is preferred. Ability to work with people from different technical and sciences backgrounds, and in a variety of research settings or programs (especially within a university setting) is essential. The successful candidate must have excellent communication and demonstrated leadership skills.

Applicants should electronically submit: a curriculum vitae, cover letter, names and contact information for three references to iMSEIsearch@duke.edu

Applications received until the position is filled. For best consideration please submit applications by June 17, 2016.

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Tenure Track Positions

Tenure-Track Faculty: Imaging

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in biomedical and biological imaging, broadly defined. Areas of interest include the development of new imaging modalities at all length scales, ranging from the nanoscale to the whole body and their application to problems of significant medical or biological interest.  Specific technical areas of interest include image processing, transducer design, image-guided therapy, molecular imaging, and super-resolution microscopy, though all applicants with skills and research interests that fall within the broad definition of the scope of this search will be given full consideration.

Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, biology or any related discipline, and we encourage applications from physician-scientists. Candidates are expected to have an established research record, be capable of obtaining competitive external research funding, and actively participate in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, but appointments at the Associate or Full Professor level with tenure are available for exceptional applicants. 

Applicants should electronically submit: a curriculum vitae, cover letter, names and contact information for three references, a teaching and research statement, and expected date to the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6088.

Applications received until the position is filled but for best consideration, please submit applications by November 1, 2015.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. 

Tenure-Track Faculty: Molecular Bioengineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at any rank in the area of Molecular Bioengineering. 

We will consider applicants who work in all areas of biomedical engineering at the molecular scale.  Potential research areas of interest include biomolecular therapeutics, molecular delivery strategies, mechanics of biomolecules, molecular design and synthesis of biomaterials, biomimicry, molecular imaging including the design of molecular probes for imaging and diagnostics, protein engineering, DNA nanotechnology, and genome engineering.  Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics or any relevant biological disciplines such as biochemistry, biophysics, genomics, structural biology, or cell biology. We encourage applications from physician-scientists. Candidates are expected to have a record of significant research contributions, to be capable of obtaining competitive external research funding, and to actively participate in teaching biomedical engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A tenure track appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated, but appointments at the Associate or Full Professor level with tenure are available for exceptional applicants. 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (email, address, and phone number must be included), research statement, teaching statement, a curriculum vitae and a list of the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contacts of five references.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to create a publicly accessible Google Scholar profile. Applications must be submitted electronically through

AcademicJobsOnline.org (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6025)

All applications will be considered until the position is filled but for best consideration, please submit applications by November 1, 2015.

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Research Faculty Positions

  • No positions available at this time.

Professor of the Practice Positions

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Post-Doctoral Positions

Multiple Postdoc Positions: Regenerative Medicine

Multiple postdoctoral associate positions are immediately available in the Bursac Lab. Areas of focus include:

  • Cell and Gene Therapy for Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Genome Editing for Striated Muscle Regeneration
  • Use of Human Skeletal Muscle Organoids for Studies and Treatment of Muscle Disease
  • Cardiac Tissue Engineering

For more information, please visit bursaclab.pratt.duke.edu/positions.

Postdoc Position: Image Processing

There is an immediate opening in the Vision and Image Processing (VIP) Laboratory at Duke University Biomedical Engineering Department (http://www.duke.edu/~sf59) for a Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in interdisciplinary applications of image processing with emphasis on Adaptive Optics (AO) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Applicants with expertise (and publications) in AO-SLO/OCT hardware design and implementation will be also considered.

Post-doc will be supervised by Prof. Sina Farsiu in collaboration with Prof. Joseph A. Izatt and other senior professors from Duke University Biomedical Engineering Department, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Duke University School of Medicine.

Requirement: PhD in EE, BME, or CS. Previous experience in ophthalmic sciences or optical coherence tomography is a plus but not necessary.

The candidate must have a demonstrated strong background in image processing, especially image segmentation, as evidenced by publication of papers in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (TIP, PAMI, TMI, BOE, CVPR, etc) in the past three years.

Candidates will be considered for a wide range of interdisciplinary projects funded by NIH in VIP laboratory. Projects can be chosen based on the interests and background of the individual candidate.

The positions will remain open until filled. Interested candidates may send CV in PDF format to sina.farsiu@duke.edu .

Postdoc Position: Protein engineering for tools in neuroscience

A postdoctoral position in developing protein tools for neuroscience is available in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. The lab is interested in expanding the set of tools to optically record and control neural activity using novel protein tools and microscopy tools. Recent publications of the lab are geared toward optical voltage imaging (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2015/11/18/science.aab0810.full). This opportunity also includes training in innovative microscopy technologies and animal preparations. The interdisciplinary projects in the lab will include opportunities for collaboration with investigators in Engineering, Biology, and Neurobiology at Duke. Together, the diverse opportunities for research will prepare candidates to establish an independent research program in modern neuroscience, investigating the complete pathway from molecular biology to animal behavior.

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biophysics, neuroscience, neurobiology, molecular or cell biology, or related fields with strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record. Because of the broad nature of studies in protein engineering and neuroscience, experience in the following could significantly improve the depth and reach of undertaken projects:

  • Molecular biology
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Basic programming
  • Oral and written communication

Qualified candidates should submit a CV, the names and contact information of three (3) references, and cover letter with description of research interests directly to Yiyang Gong at neuroscience.toolbox@gmail.com.

Webpage: http://neurotoolbox.pratt.duke.edu/

Postdoc Associate: Large-scale hemodynamic simulations

The Randles Lab has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct applied research in the area of large-scale hemodynamic simulations.

We are interested in questions that are of crucial importance for vascular disease research, and we use mathematical and computational techniques to approach them. In particular, we are coupling a kinetic representation of fluid mechanics with a deformable representation of suspended bodies and vessel walls to create patient-specific simulations of hemodynamics.

Such methods are extremely computationally intense and require use of large-scale supercomputers. The focus of the candidate will be on the development and application of multiscale/multiphysics software to study the localization and progression of disease. The position is available for immediate hire with a two-year term and opportunity for additional annual renewal contingent on performance and funding availability. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Scientific Computing or Computational Biology.
  • Strong programming skills
  • Experience with C or C++ programming language
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports and papers and to deliver scientific presentations.
  • Publication record in peer-reviewed journals and/or conferences.
  • Experience with the lattice Boltzmann method is preferred

Qualified candidates should submit a CV, three references, and cover letter with description of research interests directly to Amanda Randles at amanda.randles@duke.edu.

Postdoc Associate: High-performance scientific computing

The Randles Lab has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct applied research and development in the area of high-performance scientific computing.

The focus of the candidate will be on research and software development in the computational fluid-structure interaction domain with the goal to improve or develop new algorithms for multicore architectures. This work will be completed as part of a wider multidisciplinary team developing patient-specific hemodynamic models to provide insight into the development and progression of disease.

To date, the code scales with high efficiency to 1.6 million cores of the Blue Gene/Q supercomputer. The candidate will develop methods to scale the application on heterogeneous architectures including GPUs. This position is available for immediate hire with a two-year term and opportunity for additional annual renewal contingent on performance and funding availability.

The successful candidate will have: a PhD in Computer Science, Scientific Computing, or Applied Mathematics, strong programming skills, experience with GPU programming, and experience with MPI and parallel programming.

Qualified candidates should submit a CV, three references, and cover letter with description of research interests directly to Amanda Randles at amanda.randles@duke.edu.

Postdoc position: Gene therapy, regenerative medicine, genetic reprogramming and protein engineering

A postdoctoral position in gene therapy, regenerative medicine, genetic reprogramming, and protein engineering is available in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.  The position is associated with an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for engineering enhanced morphogenetic factors for genetic reprogramming and regenerative medicine.  This interdisciplinary project includes opportunities for collaboration with investigators in Engineering, Surgery, Pediatrics, and Medical Genetics at Duke.  This project also includes training in innovative technologies that can serve as a foundation for future research projects in diverse areas of medicine and basic science.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in biomedical engineering, molecular or cell biology, genetics, pharmacy/pharmacology or related field and have experience and interests in protein engineering, stem cell differentiation, genetic reprogramming, and/or regenerative medicine.  Candidates should have a strong experimental background, academic history, and publication record, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Candidates should email a CV with publication record, a description of research interests, and the names and contact information of 3 possible references directly to Dr. Charles Gersbach at charles.gersbach@duke.edu.  Additional information about the research group is available at http://gersbach.bme.duke.edu.

Charles A. Gersbach, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Duke University, 
Durham, NC

Phone: 919-684-1129
Fax: 919-684-6492
Email: charles.gersbach@duke.edu
Webpage: http://gersbach.bme.duke.edu

Laboratory Staff Research Positions

Research & Development Engineer

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Department of Biomedical Engineering

An opportunity exists to join a research team developing and deploying technology for brain stimulation. Brain stimulation devices are increasingly used to study the brain, treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, and enhance cognitive performance.

We seek a motivated individual who is interested and experienced in hands-on development and support of electronic instrumentation. This is a full-time position with University Benefits and provides exceptional opportunities for exposure to exciting engineering projects in both research and clinical settings. The position involves interactions with a multidisciplinary team of engineering, neuroscience, and clinical researchers, as well as companies supplying commercial equipment.

Skills commensurate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering are required, including strong hands-on experience with design, simulation, construction, programming, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting of electronic hardware. The candidate must be meticulous in carrying out and documenting assignments.

For consideration submit a resume and the names and contact information of three professional references as a .pdf file attachment to:

Angel V. Peterchev, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering
angel.peterchev@duke.edu

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Associate in Research

Requirements for the position: BS or higher degree in Engineering, plus at least two years experience in optics laboratory work including optical design and optical system assembly. Skills in Matlab and/or C/C++ programming required. Skills in electronics prototyping and mechanical design (Solidworks) would be helpful.

Initial term: 12 months, beginning ASAP.

Duties: Conduct research in optical coherence tomography technology development, including optical design, prototyping, and testing. Participation in preparation and presentation of research results. Computer programming in Matlab and C/C++. Position involves supporting extensive collaborative activities with Duke Medical School faculty, including conducting collaborative animal and human subjects research studies at Duke Hospital and Duke BME. Position also involves limited administrative support of PI's laboratory including financial accounting and laboratory safety assurance.

This position reports directly to Professor Joseph A. Izatt. Candidates should email their CV and contact information for references directly to Professor Izatt:

Joseph A. Izatt, Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Duke University
Office: 2573 CIEMAS
136 Hudson Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-660-5128;  Fax: 919-613-9144
Email: jizatt@duke.edu
Duke webpage: http://www.bme.duke.edu/faculty/joseph-izatt