Postdoc Positions at Duke

Below are some of the postdoctoral positions available at Duke University. Please note that this list is NOT comprehensive. If you do not see a position in your area of interest, you should directly contact Duke faculty who are working in your research area(s) to inquire about possible positions.

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Position Title Department Job Description Deadline to apply
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Health Preference Research Group Duke Clinical Research Institute/Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

As part of the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke Clinical Research Institute is known for conducting groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes and health policy research. DCRI research spans multiple medical, statistical, and social science disciplines. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Duke University Medical Center is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical care, research and education, being the one of only two orthopaedic departments in the United States to be ranked in the top 10 in each of these three categories. The department is committed to developing scientists who work alongside clinicians to invent the future of musculoskeletal care.The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Duke Health Preference Research group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate in health-preference research and medical decision-making. The group specializes in survey research to elicit and quantify preferences of patients, physicians, and other stakeholders for features and outcomes of medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical interventions using rigorous utility-theoretic discrete-choice experiments and experimental behavioral methods. The studies apply state-of-the-art methods, including advanced statistical analysis. These studies are in demand by regulatory agencies, industry, and academia. The group currently has several ongoing research projects, but also offers opportunities to develop new sponsored research in this field. Members of the collaborative group include internationally recognized thought leaders in preference research, health economics and clinician researchers. The positionfs joint location in a clinical department and research institute offers an excellent environment for professional growth and development, including co-authored publications. The group is committed to fostering a collegial research environment and providing strong mentorship in developing conceptual expertise and empirical research skills. The position is currently available and will be filled as soon as possible.

Friday, May 15, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate Pediatric Endocrinology

A postdoctoral position is available in the MacIver Laboratory in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.  Funding is available for up to 3 years.  The MacIver laboratory is focused on Nutritional Immunology and Immunometabolism.  We explore the effects of large changes in nutrition (such as malnutrition or obesity) on T cell immunity, using both human cells and mouse models.  T cell changes in malnutrition or obesity can lead to altered infection response, autoimmunity, and inflammation. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

The Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University Medical Center is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate for a one year appointment to work on several high-dimensional research projects.  The specific goals of the project are to identify genes or molecular markers that are predictive of clinical outcomes in renal and prostate cancer and to validate the signatures.  This position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible.  Appointment could be extended beyond the first year based on additional funding.  For more information about the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, please visit our website:              

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University Program in Education Program in Education

The Duke University Program in Education invites applications and nominations for a postdoctoral position to begin July 1, 2015 (one-year term).

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Position in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Brain Imaging and Analysis Center

 The Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University seeks a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate to perform independent research in the area of posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This position will be working with Dr. Rajendra Morey and will include both pre-clinical and clinical studies, with emphasis on human neuroimaging biomarkers (lab website). The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for the design and evaluation of experiments, development of new ideas that promote current research as well as performing quantitative data analysis in a multi-disciplinary team setting.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Clinical Associate, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development (Geraldine Dawson, Director) is seeking candidates for a Clinical postdoctoral fellowship involving half time clinical practice and half time clinical research with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship is a one- to two-year position with a start date on or around July 1, 2015. Clinical responsibilities will include participating in an interdisciplinary, team-based treatment program at the Duke Center for Autism that is dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with ASD (infancy through young adult) and their families and supervising clinical psychology graduate students in training.  Research responsibilities will include conducting clinical assessments of children with ASD within a clinical trial that is evaluating whether umbilical cord blood (stem cell) therapy is effective for reducing core symptoms of autism.  This will involve functioning as part of an interdisciplinary research team that is conducting a wide range of longitudinal assessments, including diagnostic, observational, eye-tracking, EEG, and MRI/DTI measures.  This position is funded by the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development and the Marcus Foundation. Research and clinical training activities will occur at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  The Duke Center for Autism is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to research, clinical services, training, and policy that can help each individual with ASD reach his or her full potential and improve the lives of individuals with ASD and related disorders. More than 100 autism patient visits occur weekly and close to 3,000 children are screened annually through Duke primary care sites, providing a large clinical population from which to draw. Over 2,600 unique autism patients are served at Duke annually. Currently, Duke offers behavioral health services including parent training, early intervention based on the Early Start Denver Model and traditional ABA, social skills groups, cognitive-behavioral therapy, speech-language therapy, and occupational therapy. Medical subspecialty care at Duke includes medical genetics and genetic counseling, neurology, gastroenterology, and treatment of sleep disorders, eating disorders, and psychiatric co-morbidities, such as anxiety disorders, depression, and ADHD. The Duke Center for Autism is comprised of approximately 8,500 square feet of space that accommodates faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, a clinic, and a Clinical Research Core, all located in the same building. The clinic is part of the Duke Child and Family Study Center and provides nine therapy rooms with video capability and one-way mirror observation, physician exam rooms, and a spacious reception area with full time receptionists.  The Clinical Research Core includes an EEG laboratory and computation and analysis laboratory, eye-tracking laboratory, several observation rooms with one-way mirrors and video capability, break and conference rooms, phlebotomy room, research staff offices, and a welcoming and comfortable waiting room for research participants and their families.Duke University offers a rich intellectual and scientific environment facilitated by several institutes, including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, which are designed to promote interdisciplinary research. Translational autism research is facilitated through frequent seminars, retreats, and workshops supported by the university that are designed for both clinical researchers and those conducting preclinical studies.This clinical postdoctoral training experience will include participating in team-based clinical activities focused on children with a range of ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  The fellow will spend .50 time involved in clinical activities, which will include participation in psychological and interdisciplinary evaluations and intervention with children presenting with a wide array of challenges, with the majority of clinical work focused on autism spectrum disorders. The fellow will also supervise clinical psychology graduate-level practicum students.  The fellow will have an opportunity to obtain training in the Early Start Denver Model, an intervention for infants and toddlers with ASD.  In addition, the fellow will spend .50 time participating as part of an interdisciplinary assessment team on a research program that is evaluating the efficacy of cord blood (stem cell) therapy for improving outcomes of children with ASD. This research experience will provide training and exposure in how to design, conduct, and analyze clinical trials research with children with ASD and how to conduct comprehensive outcome measures, including EEG and eye-tracking measures. 

Friday, April 3, 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow - Glaucoma Research, Duke Ophthalmology/Roche Labs Duke Ophthalmology/Roche Labs

Vasantha Rao, PhD, Professor of the Duke Department of Ophthalmology, has a joint Roche-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship program. The Duke Eye Center is Roche's academic partner for this postdoctoral training. The Duke Eye Center is a leading institute which performs fundamental and strategic scientific research in the field of translational research in ophthalmology. Seeking a recent graduate with interest in translational research with good communication skills. This is an excellent opportunity for a person who is interested in a career in the pharmaceutical/biomedical sector. As a Roche Postdoctoral Fellow, you will be performing research in the laboratory of Professor Vasanth Rao(, and will study the role of the autotaxin (ATX)/LPA axis in the pathophysiology of glaucoma. The goal is to establish a novel non-inasive imaging technique to quantify ATX activity in the eye of live animal models. In this position, you will:- Establish a non-invasive NIR imaging technique to quantify spatial localization and changes in ATX activity in the eye anterior chamber and AH outflow pathway. - Modulate ATX activity in the live and/or enucleated eyes that will be quantified by NIR imaging and compared with IOP changes.- Identify relevant disease animal models for glaucoma based on aberrant ATX activity. Focus will be to link increased ATX activity with a glaucoma-like pathology such as impaired plasticity and fibrogenic activity in the trabecular pathway and/or retinal ganglion cells loss in the optic nerve head.This position is initially limited to two years at Duke with a potential extension to a third year at Roche in Basel, Switzerland. This is a physiology/pharmacology signaling project with a translational significance. The stipend is higher than the NIH postdoc fellowship stipend, and the postdoc will be able to attend 1 national and 1 international (Roche annual postdoc fellowship program symposium in Europe) meeting each year. The postdoc will also work closely with a Roche scientist, Dr. Christoph Ullmer, PhD.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Addiction Neuroscience Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke School of Medicine

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Center for Addiction Neuroscience at Duke University School of Medicine to research the neural and behavioral bases of addiction and its treatment. Currently funded projects in the Center focus on tobacco and cannabis, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations including individuals with comorbid psychiatric (e.g. ADHD) or medical (e.g. HIV) disease. Priority for this position will be given to individuals interested in clinical research focused on the influence of addiction on neurocognition and decision making; the development of novel pharmaco-behavioral interventions to treat addiction, and the neuroeconomics of addiction. The trainee will benefit from a dynamic research and mentoring environment at the Center and close connections to other Duke centers/institutes including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, the Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Science, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.   

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy Div of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy, Duke Med

The Division of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy, Department of Medicine, Duke School of Medicine, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate. Responsibilities: - Perform studies, analyze data, develop new protocols, and train students and technicians.  - Uphold scientific integrity, publish work in high impact journals, present work at both national and Duke research meetings. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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