Duke University, Office of the Dean, Pratt School of Engineering

1061 20844
Position ID:Duke-FacultyResearchMento-BMECHAIR [#20844]
Position Title: Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27701, United States [map]
Subject Area: Engineering / Biomedical
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/12/17, finished 2022/07/21, listed until 2022/03/04)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Duke BME seeks a world-class scholar to serve as department chair 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 undergraduate program. It is known for strong ties to Duke’s School of Medicine (ranked 3rd in the nation) and 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 https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20844. Review of applications will start immediately, and applications will be accepted through March 4, 2022; however, applications encouraged by February 20, 2022.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20844 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

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 opportunity 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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Pratt School of Engineering, Office of the Dean
110 Science Drive, Teer Bldg 305
Box 90271
Durham, NC 27708