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Department Science Writer

Occupational Summary

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is an ambitious research and teaching institution dedicated to training the next generation of engineering leaders and developing solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the world today—from improving human health to sustaining our environment to advancing global connectivity. We are looking for an energetic, talented storyteller to help convey the unique strengths of Duke Engineering to key audiences both locally and nationwide, with a particular focus on advancing the strategic goals of our highly ranked departments. 

A member of the Duke Engineering communications team, the Departmental Science Writer will spend 50% of the time covering the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and also contribute to communications for Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering and other programs as assigned.  The position reports to the Executive Director for Marketing and Communications.

Work Performed

The Departmental Science Writer will work closely with department leaders and other members of the school and university communications teams to ensure all work performed is closely aligned with overarching marketing communications efforts and strategic goals.

Specific duties include:

Reporting: Develop and maintain productive, positive relationships with department faculty and program leaders; initiate and attend relevant meetings to gain broad knowledge of current research, educational programs and faculty expertise in order to inform communications strategy and storytelling.

Writing, editing and multimedia content production: Write stories of various lengths for Duke Engineering and department websites, in e-newsletters, in printed publications, on social media and other channels. Produce and/or coordinate production of multimedia content including photos, audio and video and infographics. Examples of work produced could include long-form research features, alumni profiles, graduate student success stories, social media posts, and marketing brochures and mailers focused on department achievements or educational programs.

Publications management: Manage production of departmental e-newsletters and print publications, including editing and coordinating graphic design, photography, and reviews.

Web editing: Post articles and other content to school and department websites using Drupal content management system. Training will be provided.

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.

Qualifications:

Work requires a proven ability to write compelling stories, proof and edit copy, and interpret and communicate scientific research to lay audiences.  Experience producing videos or photography is not required, but a plus.

Candidates should hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of two years of professional writing experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

To apply:

Applications should be submitted at https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply – please search for requisition number 401196808. (Note that the classification title in the HR system is “Public Relations Specialist Senior.”)  Please include links to or PDFs of three writing samples in your cover letter. We look forward to welcoming a motivated, enthusiastic team member to help us share the exciting and important work going on at Duke Engineering.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Professor of the Practice – First-Year Design

Professor of the Practice and Director of Pratt First-year Design Experience

The Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty position to lead the implementation of a signature first-year design curriculum for all its students. We view engineering as a creative, design-centered discipline addressing society’s grand challenges.

This signature experience will allow all Pratt first year students to become comfortable with problem-based learning and design. Applications particularly invited from candidates who have developed design curricula and/or have industrial experience in the area of design. The Pratt School of Engineering student body is a highly selective and diverse group of students who comprise approximately 20% of the undergraduate student body at Duke University.

Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in: biomedical, civil, electrical, computer, environmental, or mechanical engineering, or a closely related field. Successful candidates are expected to have an exceptional teaching record, experience in building a curriculum, and the ability to offer a positive, experiential design experience for our students. We seek faculty members committed to building a diverse and inclusive community that fosters excellence in research and teaching. A regular rank, non-tenure track appointment at the assistant, associate or full professor level is anticipated. The faculty appointment will be in one or more of four departments: Biomedical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Applicants should submit a cover letter (email, address, and phone number must be included) describing their interests and qualification and a curriculum vitae along with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email contacts of three references electronically through AcademicJobsOnline (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8143).

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Tenure-Track Positions

Engineering in the Critical Zone (CZ)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Duke currently includes a diverse faculty of 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty members with primary appointments in CEE. Civil and Environmental programs at Duke are highly ranked, most notably with Environmental Science and Engineering ranking #11 in the world (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2016). 

We anticipate hiring at the Assistant Professor level, although truly exceptional candidates may be suitable at the level of Associate or Full Professor. Applicants whose work bridges several research areas and who envision cross-departmental collaborations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Theoretical and applied aspects of engineering the Critical Zone (CZ) is one such collaborative area of particular interest. The CZ is defined by the National Research Council as the surface zone of the Earth extending from the outer limits of vegetation down to soil and groundwater masses, within which all forms of life are supported, food is produced, and critical infrastructure is engineered. Examples of specific topics of interest include: engineered systems for grid and life-line underground and surface infrastructure; urban underground engineering, particularly as related to its adaptation to climate change and resulting developments in design and operation at the energy-water-climate nexus; coupled-processes (physico-chemical) in geo-mechanics with application to energy production, energy storage, waste storage/disposal (including CO2 and nuclear wastes), and environmental protection; extraction and management of energy, water, and mineral resources; new or emerging materials with application to infrastructure and renewable energy and water resources; environmental transport phenomena and groundwater transport; multiphase, bio- and geo-interface flows coupled with soil mechanics.

Candidates are expected to have a doctoral degree in: civil, environmental, mining or mechanical engineering, applied chemistry, systems analysis, or similarly pertinent disciplines. Once hired, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to obtain competitive external funding, to establish a vibrant research program, and to contribute through service to the welfare of the department and to the promotion of their discipline. We seek faculty members committed to building a diverse and inclusive community that fosters excellence in research and teaching. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter (email, address, and phone number must be included) describing their interests and qualifications and a curriculum vitae along with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contacts of five references electronically through Academic Jobs Online: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8059.

Applications received before November 15, 2016, will receive full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. We expect to hire for the Fall 2017 semester. Questions regarding this search should be directed to Professor Tomasz Hueckel (hueckel@duke.edu), search committee chair. 

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Modeling of Coupled Human and Natural Systems

Job Description:

A post-doctoral research position is available at Duke University for a candidate with expertise in modeling the interactions between human and natural systems. Specific research application areas include climate and land use change, forest management, water quality, air quality, and watershed ecosystem services. The successful candidate would be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program and from the Bridge Collaborative, a new partnership between Duke, The Nature Conservancy, PATH, and The International Food and Policy Research Institute. This is a minimum two-year appointment that includes a competitive salary and benefits. The start date is flexible, but ideally by January 2017.

Requirements:
Candidates should have:

  • A PhD in engineering, environmental science, environmental or natural resource economics, ecological economics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Evidence of past research productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of environmental modeling and ecosystem service valuation.

Candidates with training and interest in statistics, risk assessment, decision theory and environmental modeling of complex systems are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Mark Borsuk (mark.borsuk@duke.edu).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employee opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Meteorology, Fluid Mechanics and Other Areas

We seek a broadly trained individual with interdisciplinary background and research experience in one or more of the following areas:  Hydrometeorology, Mountain Meteorology,  Remote sensing of the Atmosphere, Cloud and Precipitation Processes including Microphysics, Land-Atmosphere Interactions, and Computational Fluid Mechanics.   Field or lab work experience and, or expertise with understanding and using community models such as WRF are especially welcome.  Please send a vita, statement of research interests, graduate transcripts, and the names and addresses of three references to:  Dr. Ana P. Barros, barros@duke.edu.