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 in Pain Neurobiology Duke Anesthesiology

The Nackley lab integrates molecular genetics, behavioral pharmacology, and clinical epidemiologic measures to understand neurobiological processes underlying chronic pain as well as to identify unique biomarkers for the diagnosis and management of clinical pain conditions. A position is now open for a postdoctoral fellow to work on a project in the area(s) of adrenergic signaling, immune response, and gene regulation. This position is within a stimulating and dynamic group that interfaces with other basic science labs and clinical programs in the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University to provide a rich experience in the context of translational pain research.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Medical Genetics/Pediatrics Medical Genetics/Pediatrics

A Postdoctoral Associate position is available immediately in the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. We are looking for a highly motivated, creative, and collaborative postdoctoral research to evaluate gene therapy, protein therapy, and small molecular drugs for treatment of glycogen storage diseases using cellular and animal models.

Monday, February 15, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Cardiovascular RNA Biology Medicine / Cardiology

 The newly-formed RNA Biology Group in the Duke Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) is seeking a talented post-doctoral associate to work on the role of non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) in cardiovascular health and disease.  In particular, the initial focus of the project will be on the novel emerging functions of snoRNAs (small nucleolar RNAs) in cardiac biology.  The group is led by Dr. Christopher Holley, MD, PhD, whose own work has led to a new appreciation of snoRNA for their role in the generation of reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress.  Work in the RNA Biology group will include innovative use of RNA-sequencing methods to study this under-appreciated class of RNA, so prior experience with RNA-seq is a plus but not required.  Other methods in the lab include classical biochemical methods for subcellular fractionation, cell culture/transfection, isolation of primary cardiac cells from animals, transgenic mice, and analysis of human samples.  Additional information can be found at the Holley Lab website: 

Friday, December 11, 2015
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Health Services Research Relevant to Nurse Anesthetists Duke University School of Nursing

Join our experienced investigators for a unique one to two year postdoctoral training program focused on health services research relevant to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).Fellows will participate in and gain an understanding of health services research relevant to CRNAs through mentored experiences in:

  • Health system, policy, regulatory and health financing issues relevant to CRNA practice and clinical and administrative outcomes;
  • Methodological training emphasizing use of large secondary clinical and administrative datasets;
  • Design and implementation of conceptually-driven studies.

Postdoctoral appointment is for one year beginning in spring 2016 with potential for a second year.  Stipends are provided for the fellowship.

Friday, December 11, 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cardiac Regeneration Biomedical Engineering

Our group has developed robust methods to engineer highly functional human ES and iPS cell derived heart tissues for use in drug development, disease modeling, and cardiac regenerative therapies. We are looking for a talented postdoctoral fellow with expertise in cardiac biology and differentiation of human iPS cells that would pursue studies of human cardiomyocyte proliferation and differentiation in engineered human tissues in vitro and rodent models of myocardial infarction in vivo. This fellow will be involved in screening of small molecule inducers of cardiomyoycte proliferation and hypertrophy and study mechanisms of their action in vitro and in vivo.  Studies will also involve physiological measurements of cardiac electrical and mechanical function at a variety of spatial scales from a single cell to whole organ. This work is the part of a large interdisciplinary project involving cardiac cell and developmental biologists, bioengineers, and clinical scientists.

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Position in Modeling and Treatment of Human Skeletal Muscle Disease Biomedical Engineering

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the area of human skeletal muscle tissue engineering and disease modeling. The goal of the project is application of miniature human skeletal muscle tissues (“organoids”) made of primary muscle progenitors or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to disease modeling and drug discovery. Specifically, human engineered muscle microtissues will be used to study exercise-induced changes in muscle physiology and metabolism and develop therapies for insulin resistance in diabetes and other diseases. Furthermore, human iPSC and primary cell derived muscle organoids will be used to develop models and gene correction therapies for Pompe disease (glucogen storage disease type II) and different types of muscle dystrophies (e.g. DMD, LGMD, FSHD). All studies in engineered muscle microtissues will involve non-invasive monitoring of generated contractile force and intracellular calcium transients, biochemical and molecular assays, genetic modifications, and potential evaluation in vivo.

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Human Vaccine Institute Duke Human Vaccine Inst & Ctr for AIDS Vaccine Immunology

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology & Immunogen Design (CHAVI-ID), providing national and international leadership in the fight against major infectious diseases, is currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Associate positions.  The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental institute dedicated to the study of basic and translational science required to understand host-pathogen interactions that can be translated to vaccines against human diseases. DHVI comprises a team of highly interactive investigators that have expertise in mucosal and systemic virology, molecular biology, microbiology and animal models.  We are seeking a highly motivated recent graduate to join our team involved in the assessment of Vaccine Induced HIV-1 Env Antibody Responses. Broadly neutralizing antibodies can protect against HIV-1 infection in animal models. The laboratory investigates the antibody response to broadly neutralizing epitopes on HIV-1 Envelope protein in the context of Envelope vaccination. Many of the broadly neutralizing epitopes involve N-linked glycosylation, which is a central focus of the laboratory's research.  The Postdoctoral Associate will perform the isolation and characterization of HIV-1 antibodies from vaccinated nonhuman primates and will work independently to perform immunoassays, fluorescence-activated single B cell sorting, and antibody cloning. More specifically, the candidate will characterize the binding and neutralization phenotypes of the monoclonal antibodies identified by cell sorting and next generation sequencing, investigate the ontogeny of vaccine-induced neutralizing antibodies. Under the guidance of the Principal investigator, the candidate will be responsible for designing and executing experiments, interpreting the data, and presenting the results at internal and external meetings and in scientific publications.   More specifically, the Postdoctoral Associate with perform the following activities:- Fluorescence-activated cell sorting of single B cells from vaccinated macaques.- PCR amplification of antibody genes.- Expression of recombinant HIV-1 antibodies by transient transfection. - Illumina MiSeq next generation sequencing of antibody genes.- Antibody sequences analysis.- Design, expression, and purification of trimeric HIV-1 envelopes for use in immunoassays.- Immunoassays to include (luminex, ELISA, and Western Blots).- Present scientific results at meetings (internal and external) and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.- Participation in training opportunities for bioethics, laboratory management, and scientific writing.

Friday, December 18, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

The Heaton Lab ( is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct research on the mechanisms of influenza A virus pathogenesis. We are a molecular virology lab that focuses on engineering viruses to allow us to ask questions about mechanisms of viral disease and immunity. We are currently interested in understanding how alternative cell fates after viral infection alter the immune status of the host. We use a range of experimental systems including biochemical assays, cell culture and animal models. Highly motivated individuals with a record of productive research are encouraged to apply. Experience in microbial pathogenesis research is not required, but would be beneficial. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Friday, July 1, 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Medicine Department of Medicine, DUMC

Seeking a motivated PhD graduate to study the interactions between the bone marrow microenvironment and hematopoietic stem cells. The major responsibilities of this position include the following: perform studies, analyze data, develop new protocols, and train students and technicians. The primary objectives of this position are to uphold scientific integrity, publish work in high impact journals, present work at both national and Duke research meetings. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke 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 to join our young, energetic, and highly collaborative team as a Postdoctoral Fellow. We are interested in studying the neurobiology of a newly discovered ion channel family in the brain. A combination of electrophysiology, mouse models, biophysical, biochemical and imaging techniques will be used in the laboratory to understand the largely unknown functions of the TMEM16 proteins. Motivated and enthusiastic individuals with a demonstrated track record in neuroelectrophysiology and neuroscience are welcome to apply. Experience on mouse genetics, behavioral/cognitive neuroscience, and molecular/cellular biology will a bonus.

Thursday, December 31, 2015


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