Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy: Program Director and Lecturing Fellow


The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law seeks to fill the position of Program Director. The Program Director will also have the title of Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School and Research Fellow at the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Initiative. The Center brings together technology and business leaders, government officials, legal professionals, and academic experts to promote innovation and economic growth by identifying improvements in federal law and policy focused on information, communications, and intellectual property. It has partnerships with the I&E Initiative, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and the Center on Law and Technology at Duke Law.

The Center works from Duke’s Durham, NC campus and the University’s offices and conference facilities in Washington, DC. The Program Director will have considerable flexibility in allocating time between the two locations.

The Program Director’s duties will include working with the Center’s faculty directors, Stuart Benjamin and Arti Rai, to plan and oversee events and projects, work on grants, and manage the ongoing operations of the Center. The Lecturing Fellow aspect of the position will include invitations to all faculty workshops and support for scholarship. It will also include the possibility of teaching a course if s/he wishes (with faculty approval). In general, because the administrative component of the position is not full-time, the Program Director will be able to spend considerable time on independent academic work.

The starting date is the summer of 2018 (with flexibility as to precise date). The salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. The Program Director will also receive Duke University benefits. Initial appointment is for one year, renewable upon mutual agreement by the Program Director and the Center. Candidates should have either a J.D. or a graduate degree in a STEM discipline or social science.

Application materials should be sent to carol.abken@law.duke.edu and include the following:

  1. cover letter describing the candidate’s qualifications, interests and experience;
  2. curriculum vitae;
  3. law school or other graduate school transcript(s);
  4. a writing sample that demonstrates some scholarly focus; and
  5. names of three references.

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.

We look forward to receiving your application.