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
Duke Law & Biosciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Duke Science & Society

Duke University Science & Society invites applications for the 2015-2016 Law & Biosciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This fellowship is intended for individuals with a doctoral degree (JD, PhD, MD, DPhil) who are interested in an academic or policy career working on issues in science and society, with a particular interest in the legal, ethical, and social implications of the biosciences. Science & Society: Duke Science & Society is an interdisciplinary initiative that examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting a pluralistic approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications for science. For more information, visit our website at Fellowship: 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. 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 appropriateSupport 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 & SocietySupport 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, Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) Processing Civil and Environmental Engineering

The project team of Dr. Marc Deshusses at Duke University in collaboration with Dr. Bill Jacoby at the University of Missouri has built a SCWO reactor in a 20’ shipping container on the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.  The project receives funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Initiative aimed at improving sanitation in developing countries. The team is looking for an experienced engineer to perform a thorough evaluation of the prototype reactor designed to process sewage sludge. The SCWO Process Engineer will be a key member of a small team that will rigorously and methodically test and enhance the design of the reactor. Value engineering and the optimization of process parameters will be employed to minimize energy requirements while enhancing system reliability and safety.  System design and component selection will be reviewed to maximize the potential for low cost manufacturing and sustainability.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Postdoctoral Associate, Skeletal Development, Disease, and Repair Mechanisms Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

A postdoctoral research position is available in the Hilton Laboratory within the Duke Orthopaedic Cellular, Developmental, and Genome Laboratories at Duke University School of Medicine. The primary research focus of this position will utilize novel mouse genetic and surgical models to study  skeletal development, disease, and repair/regeneration with a particular emphasis on identifying underlying molecular mechanisms that contribute to normal skeletal development and repair processes or the pathogenesis of disease. One of the major focuses of the Hilton Lab is to utilize conditional (Cre/LoxP) mutant and transgenic mouse models coupled with primary cell culture and biochemistry to understand the contributions of various signaling pathways to the development and maintenance of the growth plate and joint cartilages, as well as, to skeletal fracture repair and bone regeneration.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Postdoctoral Scholar, Cell Therapy of CNS Damage, Robertson Clinical & Translational Cell Therapy Program [CT2] Duke University Medical Center

A postdoctoral position funded by an NIH T32 Training Grant is available immediately for a PhD with laboratory research experience studying neural and/or glial cell biology. Successful candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Scholar with an initial appointment for one year. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Friday, December 26, 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 creative, accomplished and highly motivated applicants who are interested in research involving noncoding RNA mediated epigenetic mechanisms and/or spatial organization of gene expression in mammalian systems, and the role of these processes in disease and cancer.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Laboratory for Cutaneous Immunobiology Department of Dermatology

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated candidate with background in skin, immunology, cancer, and/or microbiology to join the newly established Laboratory for Cutaneous Immunobiology in the Department of Dermatology at Duke University in Durham, NC.Our current research focuses on cutaneous innate and adaptive immune responses relevant to skin barrier function as well cancer immune surveillance and escape. 

Friday, December 12, 2014
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, 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


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