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
Research Scientist, Duke Radiology Duke Center for In Vivo Microscopy, Department of Radiology

The Center for In Vivo Microscopy ( is recruiting a Research Scientist to support the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research team that develops hyperpolarized Xenon (Xe) MRI for preclinical imaging of pulmonary disease in small animal models, and clinical imaging in patients. The person in this position will oversee the operations and continued development of our hyperpolarization infrastructure. RESPONSIBILITIES: Operate/maintain/perform quality assurance on hyperpolarization systems (preclinical and clinical polarizers) and small animal ventilators; oversee upgrades and performance enhancements; order gases and consumables; develop and keep current standard operating procedures, and train others on the procedures; maintain batch record documentation; assist with preclinical and clinical imaging studies, including image archiving and transfer; develop coils, pulse sequences, analysis code; develop new projects. OTHER SKILLS: Background in physics or engineering and strong hands-on capabilities, including proficiency with vacuum systems, optics, electronics, and computer software/hardware, machining, and data acquisition. Beneficial skills include hyperpolarized gas physics, vacuum technology, MATLAB, LabView, C, electromechanical assembly and testing.

Friday, February 27, 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
Postdoctoral Associate, Molecular Genomics and Cell Biology Duke Pediatrics / Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

Duke University School of Medicine has a two to four year NIH-sponsored Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research to elucidate the mechanisms by which novel genes cause focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a chronic kidney condition that is responsible for significant cases of kidney failure world wide. The position involves cell culture work with podocyte and other cell lines, the generation of animal models of mutations found in human FSGS and the use of next generation sequencing data and Sanger sequencing to identify new FSGS genes.The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for establishing experimental approaches and design in conjunction with PI Rasheed Gbadegesin, MD. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be housed at the new Duke Molecular Physiology Institute under the supervision of Dr. Gbadegesin.

Saturday, February 28, 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
Duke Law & Biosciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Science & Society

The Law & Biosciences Fellowship is a residential fellowship that provides an opportunity to become involved in the activities of Science & Society and Duke University, while pursuing independent scholarship at the intersection of science and society. Candidates are offered a one-year position, with a possibility of renewal for a second one-year position. Fellows dedicate approximately one third of their time to supporting the activities of Science & Society, one third of their time supporting the research of the Director of Science & Society, and one third of their time on independent research. Fellows are provided with office space, a competitive stipend, and benefits. Applicants should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (MD, PhD) in a relevant area. A law degree is a significant advantage but is not a requirement. Fellowship Responsibilities:Independent scholarship at the intersection of biosciences and law:- Complete at least one mentored research project which culminates in a manuscript of publishable quality - Participate in bioethics conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate Support Research of Director of Science & Society:- Provide research support on research projects, presentations, and grant proposals under the supervision of the Director of Science & Society- Draft manuscripts, engage in empirical and qualitative research activities in support of the research projects of the Director of Science & Society Support Science & Society activities:- Organize and implement for the master’s program the colloquium series “Contemporary Issues in Bioethics & Science Policy,” which involves coordinating a series of speakers for the course- Help plan and implement Science & Society workshops and events, including the Distinguished Lecture Series and the Science & Society Roundtable- Implement a training program for young researchers interested in learning more about Science & Society topics- Support the work of Science & Society, including research, education, and engagement- Complete other tasks as requested

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Medicine/Div of Hematologic Malignancies & Cellular Therapy

Seeking motivated candidates for a Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate Senior position at the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. The position is available immediately. The candidate should have a doctoral degree such as MD or PhD or equivalent degree and has interests in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using mouse animal models or in the development of novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of multiple myeloma. The overall duties and responsibilities for this position are: 1) to develop hypothesis-driven approaches to improve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using mouse animal model or to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of multiple myeloma; 2) to perform experiments and collect data, and to evaluate experimental data and establish the relevance to experimental problems under investigation; 3) to prepare research results for publication in reports, papers, journals, books, and other media; and 4) to train and direct support personnel.

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, In Vitro Modeling of Human Skeletal Muscle Disease Biomedical Engineering

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the area of human skeletal muscle biology and tissue engineering. The goal of the project is the development of 3-D cell culture models of functional human skeletal muscle tissue using primary myogenic cells from human muscle biopsies as well as satellite cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Myogenic cells will be derived from patients with diverse pathologies including the glycogen storage disease type II (Pompe disease) and different types of muscle dystrophies. Resulting engineered muscle tissues will be optimized for functionality, validated for a pathophysiological phenotype, and utilized in molecular, pharmacological, and gene therapy studies. Functional measures will include non-invasive monitoring of generated contractile force and intracellular calcium transients. Studies in rodents will be further employed to explore the utility of the human engineered muscle for predictive screening of novel therapeutics.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


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