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, Genomics and Precision Medicine Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, DOM

Are you a quantitative scientist with a strong interest or background in genomic medicine? The Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine (CAGPM) at Duke University would like you to join our interdisciplinary team! As a postdoctoral associate in CAGPM, you will work within applied genomic medicine programs focusing on development of novel statistical models and analytical methods from high-dimensional genomic and clinical datasets, including (RNA) sequencing data, microarray data, multiplex PCR data or other complex ‘omic’ datasets. The work may also extend to text mining and pathways analysis. You will apply the developed quantitative methods and classical statistical approaches to a variety of clinical datasets to elucidate novel biological information and clinical relevance. The specific clinical areas of interest include infectious disease, biopolymer exposures, cardiovascular events, and pharmacogenomics, with evolving expansion to other clinical fields. This position is available for immediate hire. Additional Scope: You will develop novel statistical and machine learning methodologies tailored to utilize high-dimensional data and address medical / translational research questions. At least 50% of your effort will be spent researching and developing novel analysis methodologies. Remaining effort will be spent in collaborative work with physicians, biologists, and quantitative scientists within the applied genomic medicine programs supporting refinement and interpretation of analytical results from biological and clinical studies and activities destined for publication. The opportunities for publication will be numerous, both in methodological journals as well as the relevant medical journals. You will develop research results into quality manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and present your work at relevant scientific meetings or conferences. You will also have the opportunity to work with quantitative scientists within the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), through a strong and growing collaboration. As a postdoctoral associate, you will be an integral member of any team of investigators working on the genomics project(s) from which the data is derived. There are significant opportunities for upward mobility in CAGPM. A successful postdoctoral appointment is likely to lead to a long-term staff or faculty role within the center.

Friday, December 18, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference, SSRI Duke Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)

The Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) at the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University invites applications for a postdoctoral position to conduct mentored transdisciplinary research activities related to ethical, legal, psychosocial, and societal issues at the intersection of genetics/genomics and constructs of “race,” ethnicity, and ancestry. The training program provides domestic and global opportunities for the appointee to: conduct independent and collaborative social science, bioethics, public health, and/or policy research; author and co-author manuscripts; participate in a variety of seminars and workshops; and acquire experience in teaching, grant writing and submission, project management, and supervision of student researchers. Initial appointment is for one year, with possible addition of a second year, depending on acceptable progress. Salary is commensurate with credentials, experience, and the NIH post-doctoral fellowship structure.

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Lecturing Fellows, Thompson Writing Program Thompson Writing Program, Duke University

We anticipate offering several lecturing fellowships on a multidisciplinary faculty charged with teaching an innovative first-year course in Academic Writing.  Those with PhDs in STEM disciplines or the quantitative social sciences are especially encouraged to apply. Fellows are asked to draw on their disciplinary training and interests to design a seminar-style course introducing students to academic writing. Teaching load is five sections of Academic Writing per year, with each section limited to 12 students.  Appointment is at a level of Lecturing Fellow (non-tenure-track), starting July 1, 2016.  Contract is for an initial three years, renewable after successful review for two more years.  Salary is competitive with a strong benefits package, and with opportunities for professional development. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke School of Medicine

Several postdoctoral and staff positions are available in the laboratory Dr. Jason Locasale.  Dr. Locasale has recently relocated his research group to Duke University.  We are a group of young, energetic, and highly collaborative scientists consisting of biologists, computational scientists, and analytical chemists.  We are interesting in applying integrative approaches to understand metabolism and its contribution to health and disease.  We are particularly interested in understanding the metabolism of cancers.  We combine state-of-the-art mass spectrometry technology, stable isotope tracing for flux analysis, computational modeling, genomics, and rigorous biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology approaches.  Under the direction of Dr. Jason Locasale (Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical School), the postdoctoral associate will be responsible designing and executing research in these areas.
Projects involving several areas of inquiry are available including: 1) Understanding the influence of metabolism on chromatin biology 2) Computational modeling of metabolic regulation 3) Integrating cancer genomics and metabolomics data with biological validation for precision anti-metabolite therapy 4) Developing and applying tools for metabolomics and flux analysis 5) Understanding the biology of serine, glycine and one carbon metabolism in cancer.    The postdoctoral associate will also collaborate with other scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Molecular Physiology Institute and have access to the numerous core facilities and resources. The person is expected to work independently to execute research projects. The person will gain training in grantsmanship through drafting fellowship proposals and assisting Dr. Locasale in annual grant reports to NIH, grant renewals, and other documents related to the project.

 Duties include: Supervising a research technician, medical students, and undergraduates in the lab
; Designing and executing metabolomics experiments
using mass spectrometry ; Developing and applying computational models of metabolism; Performing cell & molecular biology and mouse work focused on cancer metabolism
; Managing daily laboratory operations including laboratory safety, budgets, and logistics
; Help to prepare grants, manage project collaborations, draft scientific manuscripts.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Announcing the Foerster-Bernstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program for Women in STEM Office of the Provost, Duke University

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral opportunity for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  The Foerster-Bernstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program will fund three outstanding women researchers in STEM fields for one-year postdoctoral fellowships, beginning as soon as possible. The Foerster-Bernstein Post-Doctoral Fellowships are targeted to women scientists, and each Fellow will work in the research lab of a woman Duke faculty member in a STEM field.  Funds may be used for new postdoctoral hires OR to cover a year of salary for postdocs currently at Duke. Current Duke postdocs who fit the criteria are encouraged to apply.

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Gastroenterology Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine

The communication between the gut and the brain has fascinated humans for centuries.  But, the cellular underpinnings of this interface have been largely unexplored.  The Bohorquez laboratory at Duke University is dedicated to uncover how the brain knows what the gut feels.  The laboratory seeks a daring scientist to join our mission of unveiling the neural circuits transforming gastrointestinal sensing into behaviors. Our laboratory is part of the Departments of Medicine and Neurobiology.  We use 3D electron microscopy, viral neurotracing, electrophysiology, functional imaging, and behavioral approaches to study gut-brain neural circuits.  The scientist will use optogenetics, electrophysiology, multi-photon microscopy, and novel ex-vivo/in-vivo preparations to understand signal transduction in these neural circuits.  The laboratory is supported by a solid network of core research facilities and has established strategic collaborations beyond the Duke campus.                

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Medical Physics Department of Radiation Oncology, Duke Univ Medical Center

The Radiation Oncology Department at Duke University is seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Associate to conduct research in the Medical Physics Division under the guidance of Dr. Jackie Wu and Dr. FangFang Yin. The Medical Physics Division of the Radiation Oncology Department at Duke University has a strong focus on developing novel knowledge guidance models and treatment planning tools for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of radiation therapy. The projects will encompass many aspects of this general direction and therefore will involve knowledge and skills in multiple subject areas and require active collaboration and creative thinking.   

Friday, December 18, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Dermatology Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center

We are seeking a recent PhD graduate interested in the study of the regulatory proteins of the NF-kB and JNK signaling pathways in melanoma growth and metastasis. We are particularly interested in understanding the role of MALT1 paracaspase and K63-ubiquitin specific ligases/deubiquitinases in melanoma progression and therapeutics. The new postdoc will use CRISPR and shRNA-mediated gene silencing techniques to perform both in vitro and in vivo studies.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate - B Cell Studies, Department of Immunology Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

The Sarantopoulos Lab is seeking a B-cell enthusiast. We study the role of B cells in the pathophysiology of chronic graft versus host disease using primary patient samples and in murine models. Our studies are aimed at understanding the role of B cells and BAFF in chronic GVHD and anti-leukemia/tumor responses. Our lab previously identified potential therapeutic targets via studies of aberrant B cell activation. Our studies also aim to identify potential anti-tumor B cell activity in patients who have undergone allogeneic stem cell transplantation. A newly acquired R01 grant award has resulted in this new postdoctoral associate position.

Friday, November 6, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Immunology Duke Department of Immunology

The Reinhardt Lab in the Department of Immunology at Duke University is seeking motivated PhD graduates with an interest in immune cell behavior during infectious, malignant, and allergic disease. The lab has generated two novel reporter mouse strains in which to track the function of specific adaptive an innate immune cells in vivo. These mice use Cre-recombinase technology combined with fluorescent proteins to fate-map cell behavior. The postdoc will be responsible for driving two new projects that pertain to these unique in vivo tools. The first is to understand how prior parasitic helminth infection can modulate the development of allergic disease (such as asthma). The second is to address the role that follicular helper T cells and T regulatory cells play in the development and/or progression of B cell lymphoma.

Friday, October 30, 2015


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