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, Genome Editing and Small Molecule Therapy Pediatrics and MGM

Postdoctoral position available immediately for research on genome editing and autophagy. Genome editing with adeno-associated virus vectors is a major focus of the laboratory. The project will include in vivo genome editing to treat glycogen storage disease type Ia and to reverse the hepatocellular abnormalities of that disorder.  A second focus is to develop small molecules to stimulate autophagy and reverse the hepatorenal abnormalities in GSD Ia. New drug therapy for GSD Ia will have implications for the treatment of more common conditions, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetic nephropathy. Recent publications describe the scope of this project , including development of a candidate drug to restore autophagy in the GSD Ia liver (Farah, Landau et al. J. Hepatol. 2015) and genome editing to stably correct the GSD Ia liver (Landau, Brooks. et al. Mol. Ther. Epub ahead print). Duke University features outstanding clinical and scientific resources with opportunities for local and international collaboration. This position will support an active collaboration with established genome editing, autophagy, and virology research groups. The position is located in Dwight Koeberl’s laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Medical Genetics,and the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department at Duke University. Website:

Friday, July 1, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

 The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) at Duke University ( seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in East Asian Studies, focusing on social science disciplines and international relations. The position will start in fall 2016 for one year, with possibility of renewal for another. The selected candidate will conduct his/her own research, teach one course each semester, and mentor the students of Duke's MA program in East Asian Studies. Pay is competitive and benefits are included.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Postdoctoral Associates, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Department of Medicine, Div of Hematologic Malignancies

The Kang Lab is seeking motivated candidates for 1-2 Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate Sr. positions at the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center. The position is available immediately. The overall duties and responsibilites for this position are: 1) to develop hypothesis-driven approaches to improve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using mouse animal model or to identify novel theraputic 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; 4) to train and direct support personnel. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate – HIV Latency Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division

We are seeking a postdoctoral associate to play a major role in a project analyzing the genitourinary (GU) tract as a unique compartment and reservoir for HIV. This follows from our long standing work demonstrating the molecular pathogenesis of HIV-associated nephropathy and prior demonstration of the kidney as a potential reservoir for HIV. The proposed work will evaluate other segments of the male GU tract for distinct compartmentalization of the viral reservoirs and will use viral sequence analysis to determine source of the virus with reactivation. This laboratory is situated in the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. Researchers have access to biocontainment facilities, flow cytometers, and other essential equipment for these studies. This position provides an opportunity to participate in collaborations with other laboratories and to train in the areas of virology, immunology and viral pathogenesis.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Asian Connections Global Asia Initiative, Duke Ctr for International Studies

The Global Asia Initiative at Duke University's Center for International Studies, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position in Asian Connections from the Fall 2016 for one year, renewable for another.  Asian Connections, also known as Inter-Asian Studies by our partner institution, the Social Science Research Council, is the study of connections between two or more Asian societies historically or in the contemporary period.  The research may be comparative, but the goal is to reveal regional or trans-local processes.  Applications will be entertained from both humanities and social science fields.The selected candidate will pursue their own research in conjunction with the projects of the Global Asia Initiative and will have the opportunity to organize an international conference during their tenure. If interested, the candidate may also teach one course, but since a relevant department at Duke will need to authorize it, please indicate your interest early, at the time of application. The salary will be $45,000 per year. Information about the Global Asia Initiative is available on the website:

Friday, April 15, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Dept of Immunology Immunology, Duke University Medical Center

The Ciofani lab studies the transcriptional regulatory networks that govern inflammatory immune cell development and function.  We are seeking motivated, talented candidates for full-time postdoctoral positions to be held in the Department of Immunology, Duke University Medical Center.   Positions are immediately available in two exciting project areas: I.  A National Multiple Sclerosis Society-funded position aimed at identifying novel genetic mediators of multiple sclerosis (MS).  The project applies an integrative network approach, combining regulatory information from global transcriptomic and chromatin conformation measurements of human CD4 T cells with genome wide association study data to identify and prioritize MS risk-linked genes.  The researcher will apply established protocols as well as develop novel methodologies to achieve this goal.  The study will involve high-throughput sequencing; CRISPR/Cas9 genome targeting; and screening of gene candidates in mouse models of MS, thus providing the successful fellow with experience in several cutting-edge techniques.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in immunology and/or molecular biology; and be interested in managing an interdisciplinary project focused on the generation and computational analysis of large data sets. II.  The gene regulatory mechanisms governing inflammatory T cell development, plasticity, and function.  Our focus is on the role of AP-1 family transcription factors and non-coding RNAs.  The researcher will take advantage of cell culture methods; global genomic regulatory assessments (RNA, accessibility, transcription factor occupancy); and in vivo models of infection and autoimmune disease in gene-deficient animals to perform functional and mechanistic studies.   Appointments will be made on a renewable one-year contract with the expectation of at least a three-year commitment.   Positions are available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Postdoctoral Associates, Gut-Brain Sensory Neurobiology Duke Departments of Medicine and Neurobiology

The connection between the gut and the brain has fascinated humans for centuries. But, the cellular underpinnings of this interface have been largely unexplored. The Bohórquez laboratory at Duke University studies sensory neural circuits at the gut-brain interface. We are seeking TWO daring scientists to join studies on gastrointestinal neural circuits that modulate brain behaviors. Our laboratory is part of the Departments of Medicine and Neurobiology. We are members of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and collaborate closely with scientists at Duke Biomedical Engineering. We use 3D electron microscopy, viral neurotracing, electrophysiology, intra-vital imaging, 3D printed biomedical devices, and behavioral approaches to study gut-brain neural circuits. The scientists will use optogenetics, molecular techniques, multi-photon microscopy, and/or novel exvivo/in-vivo preparations to understand signal transduction in these neural circuits. Successful candidates will receive close mentorship from a committee of advisors. They will also benefit from a solid network of research facilities at Duke and strategic alliances that the laboratory maintains within and beyond the Duke campus.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Biochemistry and Ion Channel Research Unit Biochemistry and Ion Channel Research Unit

The Huanghe Yang lab at Duke University Medical Center is seeking a highly motivated electrophysiologist and/or cell biologist to join our team as a Postdoctoral Associate. We are interested in studying the molecular and cellular mechanism of the newly discovered TMEM16 family of membrane proteins and their physiological roles. Some of the TMEM16 proteins encode novel ion channels and some of them work as more intriguing lipid scramblases. TMEM16 proteins are critical for many physiological processes, and mutations of TMEM16 members have been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of human diseases such as ataxia, seizure and muscular dystrophy. A combination of electrophysiology, mouse models, biophysical, biochemical and state-of-art imaging techniques will be used in the laboratory to decipher the molecular and cellular mechanism, physiological and pathological functions of these novel proteins.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate (Substance Use/Mental Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Trials) Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Conduct statistical analysis of research datasets, conduct literature reviews, prepare reports, write/publish manuscripts, and assist project work as assigned.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Radiation Therapy and DNA Damage Response in Brain Tumors Department of Radiation Oncology, DUMC

Postdoctoral Associate needed in the laboratory of Scott Floyd in the Departments of Radiation Oncology/Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine. The project is focused on the epigenetic modifier regulation of DNA damage-induced cell signaling in brain tumor cells. We use gene editing, molecular pharmacology, cell and molecular biology in 2D and 3D cell culture and orthotopic mouse models of glioblastoma to study and improve brain tumor treatments such as radiation therapy. For more information, please see:

Monday, February 29, 2016


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