Careers

The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program, housed within 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

Medical Instructor/Assistant Professor
Division of Physical Therapy, Duke University

To meet the needs of our growing program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division (DPT) at Duke University announces the opening of a full-time, regular rank, non-tenure-track faculty position. This position is best suited for a highly motivated, doctoral-trained licensed physical therapist (PhD, ScD, DSc, or DPT) with a diverse clinical background. Specific preferences include those who have teaching experience or interests in neurology, anatomy, geriatrics, and/or community health, have demonstrated past research productivity, professional service or advocacy, and/or have experience in service-learning and leadership. 

Qualifications
    •    Clinical or academic doctorate;
    •    Licensed physical therapist (or eligibility) in the state of North Carolina;
    •    Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
    •    Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a variety of faculty;
    •    Interest in teaching;
    •    Scholarly agenda;
    •    A diverse clinical background.

Technical Skill Requirement:
    •    Proficient use of dedicated software such as MS Word, Excel, or statistical software;
    •    Understanding of pedagogy.

Responsibilities
    •    Course coordination and teaching in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division;
    •    Providing lab assistantship;
    •    Pedagogical support for faculty and curricular staff.
    •    Provision of clinical physical therapy services at Duke Health.

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. 

The position is full-time, 12 month appointed position. Interested candidates selected for an interview will be asked to present their teaching and research portfolio. All interested candidates should send (in confidence) a cover letter and curriculum vitae by August 15, 2021, including contact information for three references by email to:

Derek Clewley PT, PhD
Chair, Search Committee
Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Division 
Duke University Medical Centre (DUMC) 
Box 104002, Durham, NC, 27708 
1-919-613-9053 • derek.clewley@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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