Below is a list of current faculty and staff job openings in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Visit the Duke Human Resources site for more Duke job postings.

Duke BME Faculty Expansion Initiative

Duke’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 ten tenured and tenure-track faculty in the next four to five years.

Tenure Track Positions

Biomedical and Biological 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 of availability to the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/4735. Applications received until the position is filled but for best consideration, please submit applications by December 1, 2014.

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.


Research Faculty Positions

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Professor of the Practice Positions

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Post-Doctoral Positions

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

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

Staff Positions

Lab Administrator

Job Code: 1865, Level 10, Job Family 28
Job Requisition Number: 400927797

(This is a full-time, 40 hrs/week, 52 weeks/year position)

Occupational Summary: Coordinate and perform a variety of administrative and technical activities in support of large research laboratory made up of faculty, research staff, postdocs, and students (~30 individuals).

Work Performed: Maintain environment for conducting research experiments, documentation of practical experience, and resolving technical problems as required for lab members. This would include the following specific tasks:

  • Analyze lab needs; coordinate with vendors to order equipment and necessary supplies to ensure timely delivery to meet designated research project time-lines.  Monitor and maintain inventory using special care to distinguish between project-related materials versus common stock supplies.
  • Set up service contracts for major lab equipment.  Contact support services for necessary equipment repairs, preventative maintenance and calibrations.
  • Manage all aspects of lab safety (biological, chemical, training and procedures).  This would include oversight for safety training and updates for new and existing lab personnel.  Serving as the lab liaison between the Office of Environmental Safety and primary contact for preparing and response to annual safety audits.  Responsible for handling and shipping biological samples.
  • Participate/represent the lab in the internal Animal Review Committee and Institutional BioSafety Committee (IBC) lab certification and renewal processes.  Facilitate Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) requests with the Office of Corporate Research Collaborations.
  • Primary point of contact for utilizing Buy@Duke for processing purchase requests and performing goods receipt, processing non-travel expense clearing of Duke corporate cards, and coordinate with department grants managers to reconcile expense receipts for allowability, allocability and reasonableness.
  • Update the lab’s WBS and CC codes with the university supply rooms and facilities, creating new accounts as required to maintain a smooth flow of operation.
  • Supervise undergraduate and work-study student employees.  This would include recommending hires, developing work schedules, and responsibility for all associated training.
  • Serve as lab’s primary contact to Pratt’s IT division.  Create and maintain lab’s website contact for intranet.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level
Education/Training:  Work requires knowledge of biological laboratory exercises, techniques and procedures generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program in a biology related discipline or bioengineering.

Experience: Work requires 1 year of laboratory experience to acquire skills necessary to develop and implement biological laboratory exercises, supervise and instruct teaching assistants, students and lab personnel and manage overall operations of the laboratory. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Skills:  N/A

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

To Apply: Go to the Duke HR website, and search for job Requisition Number 400927797.