Careers

The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program, housed with the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, offers excellent opportunities to pursue careers within an academic environment. You will have the benefit of not only being associated with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery but also with the Duke University School of Medicine. Duke employees are part of a premier organization dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care. By working at Duke, we gain the opportunity and the responsibility to make a real difference in the world. Take a closer look to find out why and whether you can help contribute to the legacy of great achievement and even greater promise at Duke. 


Open Positions

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Regular Rank Faculty Position 
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Division of Physical Therapy, Duke University

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Division (DPT) seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to lead the DEI initiatives and to contribute to the teaching mission at Duke University. The optimal candidate will have a terminal academic degree (i.e., PhD, EdD, DSc, or ScD) and/or a terminal clinical doctorate degree (i.e. DPT) and is passionate about fostering an environment of inclusive excellence that supports divisional missions and values. 

The Director of DEI role involves protected administration time (50% for first 3 years to initiate program then reexamination of effort for subsequent years) for the DEI responsibilities. The Director of DEI will work closely with the Division Chief and the Assistant Program Director to advise, evaluate, and develop the DEI initiatives. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Enhance and implement the Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
  2. Serve on the School of Medicine Inclusion Council.
  3. Lead pipeline initiatives to improve representation within our DPT program, including our Summer Discovery Program, for recruitment of underrepresented student populations.
  4. Establish interactions with other departments in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing that have dedicated diversity roles to share best practices and collaborate.
  5. Disseminate information regarding broader School of Medicine initiatives in the diversity and inclusion sphere. 
  6. Coordinate developmental and educational opportunities when appropriate in areas related to diversity and inclusion (including but not limited to, cultural/structural competency, bias, racism, sexism, gender inequality, LGBTQIA+)
  7. Coordinate diversity-related awareness, advocacy, education and development opportunities for the enterprise (both creation and delivery) including but not limited to lectures, training, awareness, outreach and community engagement, employee resource groups (ERGs) formation and oversight, social outings/learning events.
  8. Establish cultural programs that educate employees and foster an integrated and inclusive workplace.
  9. Cultivate established and create new mentorship initiatives.
  10. Engage leadership regarding best practices for recruitment and retention as well as assist in creation of search committees and search committee processes.
  11. At the discretion of the Division Chief and Chair, perform exit interviews of faculty, staff, or trainees to identify workplace factors that may have contributed to attrition/turnover
  12. Create and implement processes to recruit and retain diverse faculty. 
  13. Collaborate with Division Chief on departmental diversity initiatives and messaging.

The additional 50-75% effort will involve teaching or clinical practice opportunities. Preferences will be given for those with additional content expertise in acute care, long-term care, or integumentary care. Educational collaboration and support are available through Duke AHEAD, an organization of Duke Health Professions Educators. Qualified applicants must be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist in the state of North Carolina.

The search committee seeks applicants with the following additional qualifications or attributes:

  1. Experience in, and a commitment to, excellence in DEI initiatives, 
  2. Experience working with diverse patient, clinical, and student populations,
  3. History of, or interests in, continued scholarly output,
  4. An excellent communicator and innovative thinker,
  5. Organizational and program development skills.

Duke University and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and learners without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We consider diversity and inclusion a critical core value of the institution. We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s research, teaching and clinical mission

The position is a 12-month core faculty appointment with salary and rank commensurate with qualification and experience. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to prepare a 5-year plan that outlines the candidate’s personal educational, research and services milestones.  

All interested candidates should send (in confidence) a cover letter and curriculum vitae by January 1, 2021, including contact information for three references by email to: 

Jeffery Hoder, PT, DPT, NCS (search committee chair)
Associate Professor 
Duke University School of Medicine
DUMC 104002
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 681-8559

jeffrey.hoder@duke.edu


Research Scientist 
Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory (K-Lab) 
Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Division (DPT), the Duke Sports Science Institute, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University seeks to recruit a research scientist in the area of human movement/motion analysis. This appointment is housed in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University within the DPT division. The ideal candidate exhibits strong collaborative skills, a diverse history of independent and/or collaborative (i.e. Co-investigator) governmental and private funding success, and scholarship in varying areas of movement science, engineering, orthopedics, and sports medicine. The research would be based in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab (K-Lab), a state of the art movement science laboratory. 

Minimum Qualifications for this research scientist position include: 

  1. Candidates must have an earned doctorate (PhD or equivalent doctorate e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.) in kinesiology, biomechanics, sports science, bio-engineering, or another closely related area; 
  2. A history of independent research with 5 + years of postdoctoral experience conducting scientific research. Multiple publications and notable significant contributions to scientific research.
  3. Experience working with a diverse professional population (e.g., MDs, physical therapists, athletic trainers).

Expectations

  1. Strong collaborative skills including experience coordinating or collaborating in a movement science/sports performance laboratory;
  2. Proficiency in performing motion capture and analysis, force plate recording and analysis, and isokinetic dynamometry testing and analysis;
  3. Interests in novel, multidisciplinary sports medicine research;
  4. Experience working with diverse patient and student populations;
  5. Excellent communication and organizational skills;

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a brief synopsis of past movement science/sports oriented research. All interested candidates should send (in confidence) a cover letter and curriculum vitae by January 31, 2021, including contact information for three references by email to Dr. Lou DeFrate

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.

Louis DeFrate, PhD
Co-Chair, Search Committee
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University Medical Center (DUMC)
Box 3093, Durham, NC, 27710
(919) 681-9959 • lou.defrate@duke.edu

Todd Cade, PT, PhD
Co-Chair, Search Committee
Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 104002, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 660-9825 • todd.cade@duke.edu     


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