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Careers at Duke BME

A great place to work

Duke University is a:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education Great College to Work For
  • Professional Woman’s Magazine Best of the Best College and University Employer
  • Forbes Best Employer and Best Employer for Diversity

Durham, NC—our hometown—is regularly listed among the best places in the United States to live, work and raise a family.

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Committed to Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. The university prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies.

Equal employment and educational opportunities are provided without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Duke University also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Duke Engineering is proud to be part of the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Deans Diversity Initiative. We have earned the Bronze Award from the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, and its recommendation as a national exemplar.

Open Positions

Department Leadership

Chair, Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering

Duke seeks a world-class scholar to serve as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering following the conclusion of its current chair's term in June 2022. The successful candidate must have the presence and academic credibility to lead some of the most preeminent faculty in the field, as well as the creativity and vision to head a department that is fundamental to the strategic priorities of the school and university.

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke and is regarded as one of the world's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to live and work. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third-largest private employer in North Carolina, with international programs in more than 150 countries.

Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering was founded in 1939. It is among the top 20 in research productivity among U.S. engineering schools (Academic Analytics) and ranks #12 among the top 25 overall U.S. engineering schools in research expenditures per faculty member according to U.S. News & World Report. It is home to more than 170 regular rank faculty, approximately 1,300 undergraduates, and almost 1,700 graduate students. In the past decade, external research funding has nearly doubled, with new awards to Duke Engineering rising by 43 percent in the past five years.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is perennially in the top five of U.S.News & World Report rankings, with a current ranking of 3rd in the graduate program and 4th in the undergraduate program. It is known for its strong ties to Duke's School of Medicine (ranked 3rd in the nation) and its academic medical center. Duke BME is home to 570 students across all degree-granting programs (178 BS, 144 MS/MEng and 248 PhD), 51 primary faculty, 39 secondary faculty, and a team of approximately 150 technical and administrative staff members. The department is world-renowned for achievements in research areas of the field, including bioelectric engineering; biomaterials; biomechanics and mechanobiology; biomedical and health data science; biomedical imaging and biophotonics; biosensors and bioinstrumentation; computational modeling of biological systems; drug and gene delivery; immune engineering; neural engineering; synthetic and systems biology; and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Applicants for the position must have a record of inspiring leadership as well as a broad vision for the field of biomedical engineering and its role in addressing the grand challenges of our time. In addition to exceptional leadership experience, the candidate must have established excellence in, and show exceptional promise for, high-quality research, teaching, and professional development. Duke encourages interdisciplinary collaboration as well as entrepreneurial activities, which serve to broaden the societal impact of our research and teaching.

Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our school and university mission. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the biomedical engineering field. We also strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to leverage their leadership experience to ensure that Duke BME remains at the forefront of both groundbreaking research and educational pedagogy. In addition, the candidate must develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, obtain competitive external funding, establish a vibrant research program, and contribute through service to the welfare of the department and the promotion of their discipline. We seek faculty members with an unwavering commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community that fosters excellence and creativity in research, teaching and service.

The Duke Biomedical Engineering chair search is open to candidates both internal and external to Duke. All applicants should submit their application materials electronically through

The position is full-time and based at Duke University in Durham, NC. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Required Application Materials

Submit the following items online at to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter (email, address, and phone number must be included)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a link to the applicant's Google Scholar page)
  • Vision Statement for the Future of Duke BME (up to 1 page)
  • Summary of Research and Teaching Accomplishments (up to 3 pages)
  • Summary of Efforts to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (up to 2 pages)
  • A list of at least five references

Contacts for Further Information


George Truskey:


Office of Faculty Research Mentoring & Recognition
Duke University
North Bldg, 304 Research Drive
Box 103956
Durham, NC 27708 USA

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Tenure-Track Positions

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Building upon our commitment to foster an inclusive and equitable environment, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invite applicants for an Assistant Professor tenure-track faculty position in Synthetic Biology, Delivery of Complex Biologics, and Mechanobiology, each being broadly defined. Applicants whose work bridges several research areas and who envision cross-departmental collaborations are particularly encouraged to apply. Where appropriate, hiring and recruitment will be coordinated as a joint effort with other departments or research centers at Duke University. 

By the time of hiring, candidates are expected to have been awarded a doctoral degree in a quantitative field. The ideal candidate will have commitment, passion, and excellence in research and teaching in a collegial, collaborative community. Candidates should be dedicated to research and teaching that expands scientific boundaries in service to society and to educating a broad and diverse group of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Review of applications will start immediately, and applications received before November 15th, 2022 will have priority consideration. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. We expect to hire for the Fall 2023 semester, although we may extend offers to highly qualified individuals who may not be available for a fall start due to postdoctoral research commitments. Questions regarding this search should be directed to

Research Faculty Positions

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Professor of the Practice Positions

Lecturer or Professor of the Practice in Biomedical Engineering

The Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering invites applications for a full-time, teaching-focused Lecturer or Professor of the Practice position at all levels. This non-tenure-track, regular-rank position will serve as a primary instructor of undergraduate and graduate courses in biomedical engineering and will participate with a team of faculty in service and education-related activities in the department.

We seek faculty members committed to building a diverse and inclusive community that fosters excellence in teaching.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 1, 2021, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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Post-Doctoral Positions

Laboratory Seeking Link
Michael Tadross Recent PhDs in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or related discipline Info and apply »
Charles Gersbach PhDs in biomedical engineering, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, or related field Info and apply »
Marc Sommer
biomedical or electrical engineering, neurobiology, or a related field and have experience or a dedicated interest in neurophysiology and research involving non-human primates. Info and apply »
Sina Farsiu PhDs in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or computer science Info and apply »
Nenad Bursac PhDs for a number of post-doctoral fellow positions Info and apply »
George Truskey Recent PhDs in biomedical engineering or related field  Info and apply »
Sharon Gerecht
Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, biology, optics or related field, ideally with expertise in conducting animal studies and biomedical optics. The position is available through a collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs. Info and apply »
Sharon Gerecht
Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Life sciences, or another related field and have significant research experience in stem cells. Info and apply »
Sharon Gerecht
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Life sciences, or another related field and have significant research experience in biomaterials. Info and apply »
Amanda Randles
We seek a highly-motivated individual to pursue computational hemodynamics research in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our goal is to advance personalized simulation to improve diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. We have an NIH-funded project to develop, validate, and apply massively parallel physics-based model coupled with machine learning. Candidates should have relevant research experience and hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or another related field, excellent knowldege of computational fluid dynamics, experience with C programming and knowledge of parallel programming. Info and apply »
Nenad Bursac
Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Gene Therapy is immediately available in the Bursac lab ( We are looking for electrophysiologists with significant experience in whole-cell, cell-attached patch clamp, and sharp electrode recordings in single cells and intact tissue preparations.Qualifications include PhD or post-PhD experience in single cell (patch clamp, sharp electrode) recordings, tissue/organ electrophysiology, molecular biology and biochemical techniques, and gene therapy. Info and apply »
Nenad Bursac
Multiple postdoctoral positions are immediately available in the Bursac Lab at Duke University. The focus of the work will be on the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to study skeletal and cardiac muscle biology, disease, and regeneration. Qualified candidates should possess a PhD or MD/PhD degree in cell and molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences. Info and apply »

Associates in Research

Laboratory Seeking Link
George Truskey

Graduates with bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or related field. 

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Sharon Gerecht
Graduates with master's degree in biomedical engineering or related field. Five years related experience, specifically with genetic manipulation of mammalian cells and cloning.
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Ashutosh Chilkoti

We are seeking exceptional candidates for a full-time position to help develop a point-of-care diagnostic platform for breast cancer detection. The research associate will also contribute towards other projects involving biointerface science and surface chemistry, and drug monitoring.

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Warren Grill

Graduates with bachelor's or master's degree in engineering, physics, math or computer science.

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Nenad Bursac

The Bursac Lab at Duke University, Department of Biomedical Engineering is seeking an individual with strong experience in animal surgery and handling. Qualifications include BS, MS, PhD, MD, DVM, or equivalent degrees in physiology, veterinary medicine, medicine, or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences.

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Jessilyn Dunn

The Dunn lab seeks a research associate to work at Duke University on an exciting new project at the interface of machine learning and neuroscience. The associate will run experiments and apply new tools for computer vision to analyze new high-dimensional datasets of real biological systems. The position will provide opportunities to co-author publications and build a productive portfolio for applying to graduate programs or industry jobs. 

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Amanda Randles

he Randles Lab has an opening for an Associate in Research for Computational Modeling and Software Development. We seek a highly motivated individual to pursue software engineering work in a highly supportive and collaborative environment. The HARVEY project is using large-scale supercomputers and cloud computing to enable personalized blood flow simulation. The Randles Lab is a part of the Aurora Early Science Program and has a large DOE INCITE proposal providing time on some of the biggest supercomputers in the world. We are seeking a DevOps and Automation engineer to contribute toward efforts aimed at enhancing, expanding, and improving the software infrastructure of the project, including integration with cloud-based infrastructures, user interface experience, data production, and data analytics pipelines. Successful applicants should have a background in C programming, automation, and scripting languages.

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Research Analyst

Laboratory Seeking Link
Nenad Bursac

B.S. degree in biology, biomedical engineering, or related fields with at least 2-4 year experience in lab management, mammalian cell culture, and molecular biology techniques. Experience with Duke ordering system is highly desirable. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until position is filled.

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G. Allan Johnson

Digital Image Analyst. Work requires a bachelor's degree in biology or directly related scientific field. Require technical competence in operating complex systems. Software competence in MATLAB, C, Python or related programming.

Contact Tawynna Gordon at with CV or Resume. Any questions can be addressed to the same email.