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: Epidemiological, Public Health Research Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The Postdoctoral Associate will participate in substance use and abuse research projects - surveys and clinical trials. This will provide ample opportunities for secondary data analyses of existing datasets and preparation of research manuscripts for publication.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Neuroimaging Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Duke University

 The Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow 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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Ophthalmology Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center

Two NIH funded postdoctoral positions are available at the Duke University Ophthalmology department involving basic ocular science research projects.
- Project One is focused on characterizing scaffolding mechanisms in the lens fiber cell membrane and their role in lens cytoarchitecture, transparency and biomechanics. Research is focused on delineating the function of Periaxin, Ankyrins and dystrophin/dystroglycan in scaffolding interactions and includes the use of gene targeted mouse models.
- Project Two investigates the regulation of trabecular meshwork cell plasticity, transdifferentiation and fibrogenic activity by Rho GTPases, Rho kinase, lipids and mechanotransduction, in the context of aqueous humor drainage and elevated intraocular pressure using primary cell cultures, gene targeted mouse models and rabbits.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Postdoctoral Associates, Cell Biology & Epigenetics Cell Biology, Duke School of Medicine

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Yildirim Lab, Department of  Cell Biology, Duke University School of Medicine in Durham NC. We are  looking for highly motivated and talented applicants who are interested in research involving noncoding RNA mediated epigenetic mechanisms and spatial organization of gene expression in mammalian systems, and the role of these processes in disease and  cancer.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Postdoctoral Associates, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

We are seeking motivated candidates for 1-2 postdoctoral research 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 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. 

Friday, October 24, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC Duke Marine Lab

The Hunt lab at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory ( is hiring a postdoctoral associate in the area of bacterial-phytoplankton interactions focusing on heterotrophic bacteria.  The postdoctoral associate will be mentored by Dr. Dana Hunt but the project involves extensive collaborative with the Rynearson lab at the University of Rhode Island (  Responsibilities and Duties: The postdoctoral associate will be primarily responsible for analysis of the gene expression component of the project and will be working with high-throughput transcriptomic data and physiological data to tease apart diatom-bacteria interactions. Additionally, the postdoctoral associate will develop novel methods for examining small-scale spatial interactions between these organisms.  While largely lab-based, there will also be opportunities for fieldwork examining interactions in uncultured organisms as part of the Pivers’ Island Coastal Observatory (PICO) time series.  Responsibilities include dissemination of results in publications and presentations, contributions to the functioning of the lab, and assistance with graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.  

Friday, December 19, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Molecular Physiology Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

The Duke University School of Medicine has a position available for a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct basic and translational research to identify the diagnostic and prognostic/predictive biomarkers associated with the development of prostate cancer from circulating tumor cells.  The Postdoctoral Associate will be required to become acquainted with the epidemiology and etiology and treatments of the disease so as to use genomic approaches, namely copy number (array CGH) and sequence variation (exome sequencing), to understand the mechanism of disease development, treatment response, and progression.

The Postdoctoral Associate will be housed at the new Duke Molecular Physiology Institute under the supervision of Dr. Gregory, but they will also be co-mentored by Dr. Armstrong.


  • Establishing experimental approaches and design in conjunction with PI (Dr. Andrew J Armstrong) and Co-PI (Dr. Simon Gregory).
  • Analyze and interpret data and synthesize these findings into manuscripts for publication and/or formatted for the submission of grants.
  • Participate in Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Gregory’s ongoing lab meetings and as part of a multicenter effort to determine the molecular predictors of response to systemic therapies in the castration-resistant disease setting.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Research Associate Senior, Pediatrics Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology

Our lab investigates mouse models of brain tumors to unravel novel mechanisms of brain tumor pathogenesis and to develop/evaluate novel therapies. We are looking for a qualified and enthusiastic individual to help manage our transgenic mouse colony as well as lead an independent project in the lab.


  • Conduct a variety of investigations in the planning, development and implementation of experimental procedures and specialized laboratory techniques in the analysis of materials under experimentation.
  • Collect information and data through observation, experimentation and various other methods, to include operating highly technical laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Prepare tissue and specimens for complex procedures, and devise experimental techniques for tests and analyses.
  • Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
  • Confer with principal investigator in determining specific experiments to be included in the research protocol and to discuss the interpretation of results.
  • Review journals, abstracts and scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and to obtain information regarding previous experiments to aid in the design and development of original procedures and techniques.
  • Supervise, train and instruct students, fellows or lower level personnel in laboratory techniques and procedures.
  • Submit IACUC amendments, IBC amendments, and animal protocol renewals.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Biochemistry Biochemistry, Duke School of Medicine

A NIH-postdoctoral position is available in the field of electrophysiology. The background information for the laboratory is available at The information for the project involved can be found with the reference: Lee et al, Cell. 2014 Jun 5; 157(6):1393-404. Research in the lab is aimed at developing specific inhibitors against certain ion channels as well as understanding their molecular mechanisms. The work will involve extensive efforts towards electrophysiological recording as well as biochemistry of ion channels and transporters.  The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the art facilities for electrophysiology, protein biochemistry, and structural biology.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Chronic Disease and Clinical Epidemiology Medicine/General Internal Medicine

Duke Division of General Internal Medicine is seeking a motivated candidate for a full-time Postdoctoral Associate position. The position will work directly with a senior faculty member on research focused on improving quality and access to care for patients with chronic illnesses, with special emphasis on studies in ethnic/race disparities in chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation. Work will also focus on ethnic/race disparities in care.

Friday, October 31, 2014


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