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Multiple Post-doctoral positions at Duke University

1. Postdoc, Pulmonary Medicine

Department:  Medicine

Job Description: 

The McMahon Lab at Duke and VA is seeking a motivated postodoctoral researcher. We are launching new projects in RBC transfusion medicine, the role of RBC mediators in sepsis, and blood-centric phenotyping in sepsis. Lab funding is from NIH, VA, and pharma sponsors. 

More info is at:


Requirements: PhD or MD or equivalent

How to Apply: 

Please direct inquiries to:


Contact Name:  Tim McMahon

Contact Email:  tim.mcmahon@duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

2. Postdoctoral Associate - 180048

Department: Duke Human Vaccine Institute

Job Description: 

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) performs basic and translational research to fight against major infectious diseases. DHVI is seeking Postdoctoral Associates to join our team in developing vaccines for HIV and beta-coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2.  The Duke Human Vaccine Institute is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental institute dedicated to the study of host-pathogen interactions that can be translated into biologics and vaccines. DHVI is composed of a team of highly interactive investigators that have expertise in mucosal and systemic immunology, virology, molecular and structural biology, computational biology, and animal medicine. With these expertises, the DHVI is working collaboratoratively to develop vaccines and countermeasures against pathogens like HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and influenza.

We are seeking a highly motivated recent PhD graduate to join our team to work on the development and characterization of immunogens targeting a key broadly neutralizing epitope on HIV-1 Envelope. The work will involve studies on the immunogenicity of structure-based immunogen designs in novel knock-in mouse models, subsequently leading to studies in non-human primates. The goal of the project is to develop immunogens to be tested in human clinical trials for the induction of neutralizing antibody responses against a key HIV-1 vaccine target. The position will allow the Fellow to interact with and be mentored by leading investigators in the field and acquire advanced training and skills to pursue a future career in immunological research.    


Applicants should possess a PhD in Immunology or related biological sciences. In addition, the applicant should have an excellent working knowledge in cellular immunological and molecular biology techniques including flow cytometry, fluorescence/confocal microscopy, PCR and vector cloning for receptor expression. Experience in cell culture and FCM phenotyping, PAGE and WB analysis, chromatography techniques and ELISA assays is preferred. Familiarity with antibody-antigen binding interaction analyses using SPR, or BLI platforms would be a plus. The applicant should have a record of accomplishment that has either been published or is in press in highly regarded, peer-reviewed international journals. Ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and have an excellent oral and written communication skills.

How to Apply: 

You will only be considered for the position after you have applied to requisition 180048 on the DHVI careers page and/or Duke Careers Website.



External: https://careers.duke.edu/job-invite/180048/

Contact Name: Munir Alam

Contact Email: munir.alam@duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, June 30, 2022

3. Postdoctorial Associate, Radiation Oncology

Department: Radiation Oncology: (Reitman Lab)

Job Description: Postdoctorial Associate (3820) (Reitman Lab)

Occupational Summary:

The goal of the Reitman Lab (https://radonc.duke.edu/research/reitman-lab ) is to make discoveries that guide the design of improved treatment strategies for children and adults with brain tumors. We leverage molecular biology techniques, genetically engineered mouse models and cancer genomic approaches to carry out our work. The Reitman Lab is based in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the team works closely with the faculty and staff in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, the Department of Neurosurgery and the Duke Cancer Institute.  We are interested in several research themes, including:

 (1) using primary genetically engineered mouse models of pediatric and adult brain tumors to study mechanisms of tumorigenesis, mechanisms of treatment resistance, and candidate therapeutic strategies

(2) identifying new therapeutic dependencies associated with frequent cancer mutations

(3) identifying methods to increase the efficacy and decrease toxicity of radiation therapy for brain tumor patients

(4) using single cell genomic techniques to understand tumor heterogeneity, to define brain tumor lineage of origin, and to improve diagnosis and treatment for brain tumor patients

The job duties include the following:

·      Organize overall research plan, and design individual experiments.

·      Develop and utilize novel and existing mouse models of brain tumors.

·      Design and perform experiments involving ionizing radiation treatments to mice and cell lines.

·      Design and perform experiments in genetically engineered mouse models of brain tumors, gene editing, molecular cloning, cell biology and biochemistry.

·      Care for laboratory mice.

·      Develop and utilize technology for analyzing signal transduction in vitro and vivo.

·      Prepare manuscripts for scientific publication with PI supervision.

·      Maintain an organized and complete electronic laboratory notebook detailing all experiments in paper and electronic formats.

·      Keep PI informed by pointing out all important positive and negative results.

·      Keep equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.

·      Maintain safe and healthy work environment by complying with regulations and following standards and procedures.

·      Protect organization's value by keeping research information confidential.

·      Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, networking and presenting at local, national and international meetings, and reading current primary literature.

·      Provide a friendly working environment and be available to help teach research technicians and other trainees laboratory techniques and scientific methodology.


 Min Degree Requirements:

·       Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.).

·       Should be used for post-doctoral fellows if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred; the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred.

Other Credential/Experiential Requirements:

The incumbent must be a true post-doctoral fellow registered with the Post Doc Office and per the following requirements:

·       The term of this appointment is limited (5 years with a possible extension for an additional year)

·       The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, which may include teaching responsibilities.

·       The appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full time academic or research career.

·       The appointment is not part of a clinical research training program, unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is a primary purpose of the appointment.

·       The appointee works under the supervision of a scholar or a department at Duke University.

·       The appointee has the freedom, and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

How to Apply: 

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Contact Name: Zachary Reitman

Contact Email: zjr@duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, June 30, 2022


Department: Medicine/Cardiology

Job Description: 

Dr. Sudha Shenoy’s laboratory is seeking a recent PhD graduate interested in the study of signaling and trafficking of seven-transmembrane/G-protein-coupled receptors (7TMR/GPCRs). 7TMRs/GPCRs are the largest and most diverse class of signaling receptors in the mammalian genome and the target of nearly half the drugs currently in use. We are interested in the regulation of 7TMRs by deubiquitinases, especially in the context of cardiomyocyte death during chronic pressure overload.  Candidate who is highly motivated and shares a vision of excellence and commitment to research with a recent PhD in Pharmacology, Cell Biology or related discipline is preferred. Prior experience with mouse models is also preferred.


PhD in a relevant field (pharmacology, cell biology or related discipline).

-         Demonstrated expertise in molecular, cellular biochemical techniques;

-         Experience with mammalian cell culture, microscopy, immunoassays,

           molecular biology techniques, experience with basic mouse procedures.

-         Excellent communication skills and an ability to work well with others.

-         Self-motivated and have a strong work ethic.

-         Demonstration of past research productivity (publications).

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/contact information of three references to Dr. Shenoy (skshenoy@duke.edu)

Contact Name: Sudha Shenoy

Contact Email: skshenoy@dm.duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, August 31, 2022

5. Postdoctoral Associate - Environmental Health and Toxicology, Nicholas School of the Environment

Department: Nicholas School of the Environment

Job Description: 

The Meyer laboratory seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on federally-funded projects related to the toxicological effects of pollutants. The Meyer laboratory studies the effects of pollutants and other stressors on mitochondria and DNA, often using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans or cell culture. We have a particular interest in how genetic differences can lead to altered sensitivity to environmental stressors. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to contribute to participate in mentoring of junior laboratory members, laboratory meetings including journal clubs, and routine laboratory maintenance jobs. The successful applicant will join a thriving community of environmental health researchers at the Nicholas School of the Environment, the department of Biology, the Global Health Institute, the Duke Medical Center, and Civil and Environmental Engineering , who work together via interdisciplinary research and training programs such as the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program and the Superfund Research Center.

TERM: 1 year, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding. The position is available immediately.



Applicants should hold a PhD in environmental toxicology, mitochondrial biology, neurobiology, or a related field.  We seek applicants with a strong interest in environmental toxicology and health, and training in molecular and cellular techniques. Experience with C. elegans and cell culture are ideal, as is a background in oxidative damage and signaling.

Candidate must be legally authorized to work in the USA. Visa sponsorship is not available.

How to Apply: 


Contact Name: Joel Meyer

Contact Email: joel.meyer

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, June 30, 2022

6. Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Medicine - Hematology

Department: Medicine

Job Description: 

A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Rahima Zennadi at Duke University. We are seeking to recruit a productive postdoctoral associate with a demonstrated potential to develop an independent research career. Candidates with skills in small non-coding RNA research and RNA biology and/or erythropoiesis are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will conduct independent studies in both cardiovascular and cerebrovascular sciences, utilizing cutting edge technologies to address significant clinical problems, including sickle cell disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. As such these projects are highly competitive for the postdoc to faculty transitional funding mechanisms at various agencies such as the NIH, NSF, and the AHA. The lab is very well funded and has been recognized for significant contributions to the field of sickle cell disease and aging. The Hematology division at Duke offers a highly diverse and collaborative academic environment with state of the art core facilities.


PhD degree, with expertise in RNA biology, and/or erythroid cell differentiation.

How to Apply: 

Email CV, cover letter with brief description of skills and research experience, and 3 references to zenna001@mc.duke.edu 

Contact Name: Rahima Zennadi

Contact Email: zenna001@mc.duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

7. Postdoctoral Associates, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Job Description: 

Several openings available for Postdoctoral Associates in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. 

How to Apply: 

Please apply online at https://careers.duke.edu/ 

Contact Name: Jason Howard

Contact Email: jason.howard@duke.edu

Deadline to Apply: Saturday, December 31, 2023

For more details please visit the official site 

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