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, Ophthalmology Duke Department of Ophthalmology

A postdoctoral research position exploring the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of retinal diseases is available in the laboratory of Dr. Goldis Malek at the Albert Eye Research Institute at Duke University in Durham, NC. Research in our laboratory focuses on identifying signaling pathways mediated through nuclear receptors, including relevant molecular targets and their consequential impact on the progression and severity of age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Friday, July 10, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Genetic Association Studies of Human Health, Aging, and Lifespan Duke Biodemography of Aging Research Unit (BARU)

Available Immediately:  An exciting research opportunity at the Biodemography of Aging Research Unit, Social Sciences Research Institute, Duke University for the National Institute on Aging (NIA) funded projects.  Our research team is looking for an open-minded and talented post-doc who is excited about the science and can conduct multi-tasking work in multi- and inter-disciplinary environment to apply integrative approaches in studies of complex research questions in genetic susceptibility to human aging, age-related diseases and lifespan.  The position assumes communication skills and collaborative and creative work in multi- and inter-disciplinary environment. The researcher will exploit existing (developed in our group and elsewhere) and develop new approaches to the analyses and interpretation of findings in genetic association studies of human aging, health, and lifespan aiming to significantly improve efficiency of genetic discoveries.  The research agenda will include (but not limited to) working with large-scale datasets with phenotypic and genetic information, statistical analyses of these data, analytic work with the results, functional genomics analyses, mathematical modeling, and publishing scientific papers.  Particular focus will be on the analyses of associations of SNPs with heath and aging/longevity related traits and on addressing the relationships among genetic regulators of physiological aging, senescence, health and lifespan, using several large longitudinal human datasets.  

Friday, August 7, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Seeking motivated candidates for postdoctoral 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, July 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

HIV and and Addictions Research Program (HARP), directed by Dr. Christina Meade, is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in cognitive neuroscience and computer programming. Our team seeks to understand how drug addiction and HIV infection impact neurobehavioral outcomes, including decision making processes relevant to health risk behaviors. As we complete recruitment on three NIH-funded studies that included a multi-modal neuroimaging protocol (task-based and resting state fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and high-resolution structural scanning), we are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to make significant contributions to data analysis and manuscript writing. The postdoctoral fellow will also be responsible for assisting with data collection with human subjects for ongoing projects and for providing MRI-related training for other lab members. This position is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing an independent research career in an academic setting, and the fellow will be supported in the pursuit of independent funding (e.g., NRSA fellowship, K Awards). The position is located at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Responsibilities will include MRI data management and analysis (50%); computer programming for managing and processing MRI and other data (15%); manuscript writing (10%); data collection with human subjects (10%); assistance with grant writing (5%); training other lab members on MRI-related analyses (5%); and administrative tasks, such as IRB correspondence (5%). The position entails planning, executing, and troubleshooting analyses with minimal supervision on a daily basis. The opportunity for first-author manuscripts exists.

Monday, August 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Energy Fellow, Duke University Energy Initiative Duke University Energy Initiative

The Duke University Energy Initiative ( is a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders.As a part of the Energy Initiative, the Energy Data Analytics Lab is developing and applying advanced data analytics tools to transform diverse energy data into insight that leads to energy system performance improvements. Improvements include increased reliability, resiliency, environmental sustainability, and productivity, along with reduced costs. The Lab is a hub of research, education, and engagement activity with thought leaders in the business and the policy world around energy data analytics, and will engage with a broad spectrum of experts and stakeholders to provide energy data-focused solutions to challenging problems in the energy space.Bass Connections is university-wide program for students to engage in interdisciplinary problem-based project teams. These students of multiple educational-levels spend a year working for credit on a team-based project guided by Duke faculty and staff. The goal of Bass Connections is to elevate the importance of exploring societal and cultural challenges by engaging faculty and undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in teamwork; integrating disciplinary approaches and professional practice; and applying knowledge, research, and skills in problem solving. There are five thematic areas of Bass Connections including Energy, Brain & Society, Information, Society & Culture, Global Health, and Education & Human Development.The Postdoctoral Energy Fellow will report to the Managing Director of the Energy Data Analytics Lab at the Duke University Energy Initiative. The Fellow will be engaged in applied, energy data research projects and co-lead team-based educational experiences through Bass Connections.Research. The Fellow will produce computational tools, written reports including journal publications, oral presentations including conference presentations, and web-based media such as interactive data visualizations. Additionally, the fellow will assist with the analysis of unique data sets from external partners including energy companies and government agencies. The projects that the Fellow will work on will vary based on the areas of greatest research need and the particular expertise and interests of the Fellow. Problems under investigation can be distilled into three overarching questions related to energy systems: (1) How can big data be used to develop baseline assessments of energy systems and resources? (2) How can data analytics be used to evaluate the impact of interventions in energy systems and on energy resources? (3) How can new data analysis tools and techniques be used to better forecast and predict energy system performance, costs, and resources? Examples of current projects include work on smart-grid data analytics (e.g., non-intrusive load modeling, energy storage failure prediction), remote identification and estimation of energy systems using aerial image recognition (e.g., solar panels, building building energy consumption), shale gas production estimation, and estimation of the impact of behavioral nudges vs automation on energy efficiency. Relevant tools and experience include statistical modeling, machine learning, data mining, and visualization.Teaching. The Fellow will work with faculty to design and co-lead a research project team of 4-8 undergraduate and graduate students in a for-credit, two-semester Bass Connections project experience. The Fellow will work with other faculty co-leaders to act as a project manager for the experience, and act as the point of contact for all students, faculty, and staff. This project will be developed based on the mutual interest of the Fellow and the research interests of the faculty and staff affiliated with the Energy Initiative. The Fellow will develop syllabi, assignments, introductory materials, and other educational tools to train the students in the area of research. The fellow will guide the students through the research process, empowering them to act more independently as the year progresses.Other Duties. The Fellow will also assist with the broader activities of the Duke University Energy Initiative, as needed, including organizing an energy data analytics research workshop, assisting with the development and implementation of energy data educational modules for classroom and laboratory use, student mentoring, and other duties as assigned.POSITION TERM: One year position, beginning immediately, potentially renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Genomics & Precision Medicine Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, DOM

The postdoctoral position will reside in the Duke Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine within the Department of Medicine, under primary supervision by Dr Ricardo Henao and co-mentorship by Dr Ricardo Henao and Dr Geoffrey Ginsburg. The qualified candidate 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. This position is available for immediate hire with a 2 year term and opportunity for additional annual renewal contingent on performance and funding availability.   Additional Scope: The candidate will be expected to develop novel statistical and machine learning methodologies tailored to utilize the data generated by the Ginsburg lab and to address medical / translational problems. It is anticipated that there will be a wide variety of statistical and machine learning methodologies that are relevant to these problems. The candidate will need to be able to remain current in the literature in these fields and it is expected that s/he will spend at least 50% time researching and developing novel analysis methodologies. Remaining effort will be spent in collaborative work with physicians and biologists within the applied genomic medicine programs supporting refinement and interpretation of analytical results from biological and clinical studies and activities destined for publication. The candidate is expected to develop research results into quality manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, and for presentation at relevant scientific meetings or conferences.  The candidate is expected to participate in regular group or project team meetings, and present and discuss research results as necessary. The successful candidate will be an integral member of any team of investigators working on the genomics project(s) from which the data is derived.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Department of Medicine Duke Department of Medicine

A full-time postdoctoral position is available in a research laboratory in the Dept. of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy, Duke University. The successful candidate will participate in studies to define the molecular characteristics of tissue microenvironments that regulate transit, proliferation and dormancy of malignant breast cancer cells in the bone marrow microenvironment. In combination with molecular and cell biological approaches, the candidate will utilize state-of-the-art in vivo multiphoton and confocal optical imaging techniques to explore these questions (References: Science, 322:1861-65; Nature, 435:969-73; Blood, 121:4821-31). Please see also for more information.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Department of Medicine Duke Department of Medicine

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to play a major role in a project evaluating underlying mechanisms of long-term immunity upon immunization with an integrase deficient lentiviral vector (IDLV). Our current work involves developing an IDLV based HIV vaccine that will produce a broad and sustained immune responses involving both T and B cells. Murine models will be used to define the relationship among presence of IDLV episomes overtime, expression of transgene and induction of sustained immunity. 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 viral immunology, vaccine development, and viral pathogenesis.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate(s), Duke Chemistry Duke Department of Chemistry

The Welsher lab ( is an interdisciplinary group aiming to push the limits of spatial, temporal and biochemical resolution in live cell microscopy. We are actively recruiting talented and motivated postdoctoral scientists to join the team. We are looking for those with extensive experience in optical microscopy or spectroscopy. Work with time-resolved and non-linear spectroscopy is a plus. Projects include the development of spatiotemporally super-resolved 3D microscopy methods using a combination of real-time 3D single particle tracking and super-resolution imaging methods, as well as developing methods which yield nanoscale biochemical resolution within cells, utilizing a combination of real-time 3D single particle tracking, hybrid plasmonic nanomaterials and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS).With the development of these new methods, we are also seeking a molecular or cell biologist to apply these new techniques to map the entire viral infection pathway from the perspective of a single virus particle using new high speed 3D microscopy techniques (see Welsher, K. & Yang, H. Nat. Nanotechnol. 9, 198-203 (2014).  With these new high speed techniques, we aim to study the behavior of the virus before it interacts with the cell surface, allowing us to study, in real time, the role of the extracellular matrix.

Monday, June 1, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate-Genomics of Gene Regulation Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

 A Postdoctoral Associate position is available to investigate the effects of genetic variation on genome activity and gene regulation.  Genome-wide association studies have clearly established that genetic variation that alters gene regulation is a major contributor to disease. A major focus of the Reddy Lab at Duke is developing and applying novel high-throughput experimental strategies to measure the effects of non-coding genetic variation on genomic regulatory activity. The postdoctoral associate will have a major responsibility in the continued development of these experimental strategies, with particular application to aspects of maternal health during pregnancy. The research will rely heavily on high-throughput sequencing and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, giving the successful candidate extensive hands-on exposure to these cutting-edge techniques.For more information about the Reddy Lab and the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, please visit and The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on a renewable one-year contract with the expectation of at least a three-year term.   

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


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