Employment

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.

Posted Positions

Department of Biomedical Engineering:

Pratt School of Engineering:

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.

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.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.  Duke University provides 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

  • No positions available at this time.

Professor of the Practice Positions

  • No positions available at this time.

Post-Doctoral Positions

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://www.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

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

 

Pratt School of Engineering Positions

Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Position

Occupational Summary:
This position directs the Pratt School of Engineering’s research collaborations and fund raising activities with private foundations, corporate foundations, industry and corporations. The Director works closely with Pratt School of Engineering leadership, faculty, and staff in initiating, strengthening, and managing strategic relationships to advance research opportunities, student placement, commercial support of research efforts, corporate partnerships and philanthropic support for the school. The Director coordinates efforts with Duke University’s office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Office of Research Support and Office of Licensing and Ventures.  This position reports to the Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and works in partnership with the Associate Dean of Research and the Associate Dean of Development and Principal Giving.

Job Responsibilities:
Effectively manage the school’s relationships with top foundation, corporate prospects and industry contacts to enable sponsored research agreements and gifts. Prioritize according to ability, readiness and inclination. Manage cultivation and solicitation strategies.  Establish personal contacts with appropriate corporations and foundations for long-range cultivation and the establishment of viable relations.

Coordinate with University and Health System programs involved in corporate and foundation relations to develop and expand research opportunities, student placement and philanthropic opportunities with corporate and foundation partners.  Generate opportunities for Pratt faculty and students to connect with corporate and foundation representatives.  Secure cash and in kind resources from corporations and foundations in support of the School’s strategic plan.

Analyze and recommend methods to match current interests of corporations and foundations with School of Engineering and department priorities and faculty initiatives. Work with administrators, deans, department heads and faculty to develop proposals. Ensure appropriate contacts between the School of Engineering and corporate and foundation representatives.

Maintain current and up-to-date information on corporate and foundation opportunities; coordinate with the Offices of Sponsored Programs and Research Support for sponsored research agreements negotiated through contacts.

Serve as the School’s liaison to the Office of Licensing and Ventures, maintain a strong understanding of the technology transfer process to advise faculty and students.  Work closely with University and Pratt innovation and entrepreneurship efforts.

Coordinate trips and accompany administrators and faculty to meetings with foundation and corporate representatives. Coordinate campus visits by foundation and corporate representatives.

Organize and facilitate industry related events and boards in support of School of Engineering objectives.

Prepare briefings for senior administrators and faculty for meetings, travel and campus visits.

Work with gift officers on all foundation and corporate related funding requests.

Direct the corporate and foundation acknowledgement process. Coordinate stewardship activity as needed with members of the Development team.

Develop and monitor a budget for the Corporation and Foundation Relations program.

Supervise Associate Director for Corporation and Foundation Relations who is responsible for student programs and career services.

Education:
Bachelor's degree required, Master's or advanced degree preferred.

Experience:
Six years progressive experience in university-industry relations/alumni affairs/public relations/fund raising/grant writing/non-profit or related field. Experience at the intersection of university and corporate partnerships. Knowledge of foundations and/or experience in the non-profit field is desirable. Engineering degree and experience preferred.

Interested Applicants are asked to submit their application on the Duke HR website at https://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/apply/external.php

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.

 

Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures Position

Scope of Focus: 

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will seek to inspire and prepare all members of the Pratt community for innovative leadership through the following: (1) Education - Teaching entrepreneurship courses and mentoring students at all levels on their individual or collective design projects or ideas that could have commercial or market applications; and (2) Translation – Which involves actively encouraging and enabling faculty and students to apply findings from their basic research to provide practical applications and technical solutions that map to both the time scale of industry and Duke’s desire to generate knowledge in the service of society.

Proposed Job Description: 

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will be a highly visible member of the engineering community. He or she will play a key role in developing and implementing best practices in fostering the creation and launch of companies based on innovations generated by the Pratt community.

He or she will work with Pratt faculty, staff and students to assess the business potential of innovations generated within engineering, and advance these opportunities down the path for commercial development, if warranted. Outside of Pratt, the Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will be responsible for working with entrepreneurs, regional economic development organizations, early stage venture capitalists, corporations, start-ups and other entities, to advance these innovations toward eventually being spun-out of the University.

Other potential duties include evaluating inventions for marketability, working with the University leadership in developing and executing commercialization strategies for inventions that include, but are not limited to: identifying management teams, seeking early-stage investors, participating in company formation decisions, implementing spin-off strategies, and following up and monitoring of licensee performance.

The Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures will broaden the bench of entrepreneurial experts at Duke by holding a joint appointment/affiliation with Duke’s I&E Initiative. He or she will be required to teach entrepreneurship to undergraduate, graduate and professional students through the Initiative’s course offerings and the undergraduate certificate program in I&E.  He or she will host I&E seminars, workshops and networking events as well as develop and teach courses in Pratt through our MD/Inventor and PhD+ programs.

Lastly, the Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures may be asked to provide support to Duke’s Bass Connections program by teaching courses and/or advising Bass Connections students whose design projects and/or design ideas could have commercial applications in the areas of neuroscience, information and data analytics, energy, and global health. https://bassconnections.duke.edu

Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter and names and contact information for three references to the following website: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6511.

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.