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Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’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 work and live. 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, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Occupational Summary:

Coordinate administrative and technical activities in the Biomedical Engineering Department's Teaching Laboratories, focusing on the Department’s physiology, electronics, neural engineering, and biomechanics and biomaterials laboratories.

Work Performed:

    Work with a diverse team in Biomedical Engineering (BME) to run an extensive array of undergraduate laboratory exercises in electronics, mechanics, biomechanics, biomaterials, electrobiology, microbiology, and genomics.
  • Maintain order in laboratory by cleaning, organizing, and mentoring students in good laboratory hygiene.
  • Assist faculty in the development of new laboratory exercises for new and existing courses. This may include planning new exercises with instructors, conducting and evaluating prototype labs, and recommending and/or making necessary changes in materials, techniques, or procedures. Instruct and supervise student teaching assistants (TAs), including planning lab coverage and leading preview sessions. Keep laboratory facilities and procedures up to date and in keeping with the department's strategic planning.Maintain, repair, and operate laboratory equipment, e.g. electronics bench equipment, tensile testers, and others related to microbiology and genomics. Assist students with proper, safe use of hand tools, power tools, and laboratory instruments used in the completion of design projects. Serve as needed as a TA to ensure full coverage of teaching needs.Research and recommend major lab equipment purchases to department administration.Assist as needed in all BME teaching laboratories. 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.



Work requires a minimum of two year of laboratory and/or engineering experience to acquire skills necessary to supervise and instruct lab personnel, teaching assistants, and students in the overall operations of the laboratory.


Excellent analytical, organizational and communications skills are required. Knowledge of general electronics and mechanics laboratory instrumentation is required. Basic proficiency in at least one major Electronic Design and Analysis (EDA) package. Basic proficiency in at least one major 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) package. Proficiency in at least one programming language. Successful candidate should have a working knowledge of sterile technique and physiological measurements. Experience with analytical instrumentation for molecular biology is a plus. Knowledge of business & operational matters, competence in applying general personnel practices, applying budgeting principles, and coordination of research and/or teaching laboratories or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. Ability and desire to learn quickly in a dynamic environment.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in engineering or field of science related to the position.


Work requires a minimum of 5-7 years experience in laboratory management. OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications


Duke 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.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob 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.




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Job No:
Posted: 2/24/2021
Application Due: 3/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time