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Postdoc Positions at Duke University

 1. Postdoctoral Associate

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Job Description: 

Duke University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate.  This will be a one-year appointment with the possibility of 2-3 year extension. For information on Duke Postdoctoral Benefits and Services please review the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services website: https://postdoc.duke.edu/ .

The team is based in Durham NC, but remote options may be possible.  Per Duke policy, remote options are limited to North Carolina and the states or localities listed here:  Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & Washington, DC. For more information on Duke's remote work policy, see this link:https://remotework.duke.edu/guidelines .

The Postdoctoral Associate will be supervised by Dr. Whitney Robinson, Associate Professor and Faculty Epidemiologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The postdoc should have a doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services Research, or a related quantitative field.  The postdoc will join an interinstitutional team that is using cutting-edge quantitative methods and concepts to investigate and address disparities in gynecologic healthcare delivery and outcomes. The ideal candidate will have training in analysis of time-varying longitudinal data as well as demonstrated interest in women’s health and healthcare or social determinants of racial/ethnic inequalities in health.   

The Postdoctoral Associate will interface with a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and interinstitutional team, including collaborators at UNC’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the University of Washington’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in addition to clinical and social science colleagues and staff at Duke.  Dr. Robinson’s research group uses a reproductive justice and public health critical race praxis framework to investigate racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic inequities in gynecologic health and health care, e.g., fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, using data derived from electronic health care records (e.g., billing codes, free text) as well as and other administrative databases.  The Scholar will have the opportunity to support and lead manuscripts from two main datasets comprising the Carolina Hysterectomy Cohort.  One dataset is an EHR-derived study of ~2,000 hysterectomies conducted among premenopausal patients in the South in the mid-2010s.  The other is a prospective cohort of about ~1,500 people receiving a hormonal IUD as gynecologic treatment and followed over time for symptom and treatment progression. 

This position is a combination of self-directed research as well as collaboration with existing team research projects. The Scholar’s day-to-day work will include database management, statistical analysis, manuscript writing, and some supervision of trainees.  As part of the larger research team, the Scholar will mentor trainees, including medical residents, MSCR students, and predoctoral students. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate on grant proposal development.  In addition, to further the Scholar’s own professional development, approximately 20% of the time can be spent on the Post-Doctoral Research Associate’s own research and the remaining 80% will be comprised of research supporting the PIs gynecologic research portfolio. The position offers other support for professional development, including travel to professional meetings per year with encouragement to present their work, pursuing relevant skill development education that supports their career, and weekly one-on-one mentoring with the PI to identify and strategize scholar’s career interests. The position is renewable after the first year.


The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to work independently, proactively communicate with other team members and collaborators, and take initiative to develop or support research projects. The ideal candidate will thrive in an interdisciplinary environment at the interface between the quantitative sciences and medicine.

 Min Degree Requirements:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.).  

 Required Skills and Experience:

-               Doctoral-level analytical skills and proficiency in SAS or R programming, especially involving longitudinal data

-               Demonstrated interest in women’s health and healthcare or social determinants of racial inequalities in health

-               Some track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals 

-               Initiative to independently spearhead new papers and projects to aid in team growth

-               Excellent data management skills

-               Strong problem-solving skills

-               Experience with reference management systems

-               Well-developed research skills including ability to execute searches using relevant search terms and algorithms and synthesize data from multiple sources

-               Desire to work collaboratively amongst team members, including providing leadership to students and other project personnel

-               Excellent communication skills

-               Strong writing skills

 Desirable Skills and Experience (Optional):

-           Familiarity with health care systems data

-         Experience with any of the following: analysis of multilevel nested data; missing data, content analysis, analysis of qualitative data

-         Grant-writing experience

-         Strong oral presentation skills

-         Previous work in clinical settings

-         Previous work with SQL data skills for manipulating large-scale data

-         Graphic design

-         Website or social media communication

 Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that individuals from marginalized backgrounds are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Applicants from underrepresented socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender identity and sexual orientation backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to join our team. Our team thrives on insights that our diverse members bring to the design and interpretation of our research, and we are dedicated to building an inclusive and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.

How to Apply: 

Please email the below to lauren.anderson624@duke.edu:  

a) CV 

b) 1-2 page Cover Letter, including the following: 1) current career stage (including expected graduation date if still in a PhD program), 2) ideal start date, 3) why you are a good fit for the position, 4) what skills and experience you have that are most salient for the position, and OPTIONAL 5) research interests related to epidemiologic studies of gynecologic or reproductive health. If applicable, please describe any interests or previous work in health care disparities and equity around issues of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, geography, or other markers of stratification.  

c) List of Professional References (3), including with their titles, institutional affiliations, and how best to contact them (e.g., phone number, e-mail address)

d) OPTIONAL: Writing/Research Sample (preferably a peer-reviewed published manuscript) 


Contact Name: 
Lauren Anderson
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Thursday, August 29, 2024

2. Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description: 

Duke University’s Department of Dermatology has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate. 

 This role will be responsible for:

 - Developing research hypothesis through literature review and timely discussions with the PI, and design experimental procedures to test the hypothesis.

- Performing genetic mouse model studies that involve wound healing, wound-induced hair growth and hair loss, therapeutic treatment, immunohistology, flow cytometry, ELISA, RT-PCR, and Immunoblotting

- Performing primary cell and cancer cell line cultures and in vitro cell growth and toxicity assays.

- Use statistical methods (Excel, GraphPad etc.) to analyze data and present the data in PowerPoint, PDF formats or other formats to other lab members in a weekly basis.

- Keep electronic records of all experimental details and results, and prepare data for manuscript publication.

- Provide technical training to new members including undergrad and graduate students

 Apply at this link:  https://careers.duke.edu/job/Durham-POSTDOCTORAL-ASSOCIATE-NC-27710/909756600/

 Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

 Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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.
Contact Name: 
Dr. Jennifer Zhang
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022

3. Measure and Regulatory Science Postdoctoral Fellow

Population Health Sciences
Job Description: 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will focus on didactic training and real-world regulatory issues related to measuring health and functioning within patient-centered research settings. The Fellow will:

  • Receive one-on-one training by a Duke faculty mentor with expertise in clinical outcomes assessments (patient-reported, observer-reported, clinician-reported, and performance outcomes), patient preference assessment, regulatory science, and/or stakeholder engagement
  • Conduct independent research activities under the guidance of an industry mentor and a Duke faculty mentor
  • Transition to a career in industry when the postdoctoral fellowship is finished
  • Complete a tailored program with a core set of competencies, including:
    • Designing, selecting or evaluating clinical outcomes assessments (COAs)
    • Integrating COAs in clinical trials
    • Survey methods for valuing outcomes and assessing preferences
    • Patient-focused drug and device development

The term of the appointment is two years. Eighty percent of the time in Year 1 is spent training in Durham, NC with the Postdoctoral Fellow functioning under the supervision of a Duke faculty mentor, while the remaining 20% is spent receiving mentoring from an industry partner. In Year 2, 80% of the Fellow’s time is spent training with an industry partner, and Duke faculty will provide mentoring for the remaining 20%.

Year 1 is focused on strengthening skills via didactic training and participation in ongoing studies involving COAs. During this time, fellows may attend graduate-level courses offered through Duke's Department of Population Health Science's graduate program or other ad hoc courses offered throughout Duke. The postdoc will participate in a mentored research project on health outcomes measurement.

Year 2 is focused on real-world, experiential patient-centered research with an industry setting. The postdoc will continue to conduct a mentored project that is both related to patient-centered research and can contribute to regulatory decision-making and policymaking, under the guidance of an industry mentor and a Duke faculty mentor. At the end of the two years, the postdoctoral fellow is ready to transition to work in patient-centered research in an industry setting.


The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, and may include guest lecturing responsibilities. The appointment is generally preparatory for a full time career within industry or government. The postdoc is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

The Postdoctoral fellow should hold a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g. ScD, MD) in public health, psychometrics, education measurement, biostatistics, medical sociology/anthropology, nursing, medicine, or related fields. Candidates would also need to move to the Durham, NC area for the first year of the program. Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.

How to Apply: 

To apply for this position go to: https://careers.duke.edu/job-invite/204176/

Contact Name: 
Molly McFatrich
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Monday, December 5, 2022

4. Postdoctoral Associate, Blood Cancer Research

Department of Pathology
Job Description: 

 A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Ken H. Young in the Department of Pathology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Cancer Institute. The Young lab focuses on clinical and pathologic translational studies in lymphoma and myeloma and has assessed a number of genetic and epigenetic biomarkers for prognostic and therapeutic importance in blood cancer (examples include PMID 34980601, 30745366, 33148342, 31640780, 31127191, 27760757, 23449635, 23982177, 22955915, etc). The current position is to investigate treatment resistance mechanisms and novel therapeutic approaches in lymphoma using molecular and proteomic technologies. We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong background in cellular, molecular and/or immunology for this position. Future promotion is available for those excellent and dedicative individuals.




-       PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree in cancer biology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmaceutical sciences, immunology, or related fields.

-       Experience and expertise in cell culture, molecular techniques, and data analysis.

-       A good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

-       Good time management skills for high productivity. Ability to design and perform functional studies will be plus.

How to Apply: 

To submit, please send a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, a CV, and three references by email to Dr. Ken H. Young at ken.young@duke.edu and Dr. Xu-Monette at zijun.xumonette@duke.edu.

Contact Name: 
Ken H. Young
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

5. Postdoctoral Associate – Experimental Brain Ischemia and Immunology

Job Description: 

A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Wei Yang in the Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center. The on-going projects use various murine models of cardiac arrest and ischemic stroke for basic and translational research. We apply a wide spectrum of approaches, including advanced molecular and immunologic methods, state-of-the-art functional in vivo imaging, sophisticated genetically modified mouse models, and modern rodent behavioral tests. The main project for this position is to investigate the complex immune response after cardiac arrest and resuscitation, and then to explore new immunomodulatory interventions to improve outcome after cardiac arrest, especially neuroprognostication.


Self-motivated individuals are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in immunology with proficient skills in immunologic techniques, such as flow cytometry and ELISA. Prior experience in mouse surgery and behavioral testing is highly desirable.

The applicants must be creative and capable of designing, conducting, and troubleshooting experiments independently, as well as working with interdisciplinary research teams in a highly professional manner. The candidate will be expected to work on several projects in parallel, develop novel ideas in line with the lab projects, analyze data, write manuscripts, and also assist in data collection for manuscripts and grant applications. It is expected that the candidate can follow instructions from the PI and be responsive to research plans in a timely fashion. Moreover, the candidate must have a strong commitment to research and scientific ethics. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative and dynamic environment with outstanding resources to promote innovative research. The PI will work closely with the postdoc for her/his productivity and success.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should send cover letter, CV, and contact information of at least 2 references to Dr. Wei Yang (wei.yang@duke.com).

Contact Name: 
Wei Yang
Contact Email: 

6. Postdoctoral Associate - Skeletal Muscle Biology, Organoids, and Regeneration

Biomedical Engineering
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Bursac lab (http://bursaclab.pratt.duke.edu/) with the focus on use of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for studies of skeletal muscle biology, disease, and regeneration. Specifically, 3-dimensional human skeletal muscle tissue organoids (“myobundles”) will be made using myogenic progenitors differentiated from hiPSCs or expanded from human muscle biopsies. These skeletal muscle organoids will be designed to contain robust contractile myofibers and a pool of functional muscle stem cells (satellite cells). Methods will be developed to incorporate primary or hiPSC-derived endothelial cell, immune system cells, and/or motoneurons in myobundles to develop more realistic, high-fidelity tissue-engineered models of skeletal muscle. The initial focus in using this improved model will be on understanding how non-muscle cells regulate satellite cell niche and muscle response to injury. Additionally, these 3D culture system will be used to model and study congenital muscle diseases including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Pompe disease, and Dysferlinopathy (LGMD2B) and to test candidate pharmacological and genome editing (CRISPR/Cas9) therapeutics to improve muscle mass and function. Most promising therapeutic candidates will be eventually validated in mouse models of muscle disease and injury in vivo.


Qualifications include PhD or MD/PhD in cell and molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or other relevant areas of biomedical sciences. The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated and possess strong training in cell and molecular biology, biochemical and histological techniques, and organoid models. Candidates with experience in culturing and differentiation of human iPS cells, genome editing, skeletal muscle biology, and in vivo models of muscle injury and disease will be given priority. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals, participate in conferences for the intellectual exchange of research ideas, engage in existing and new collaborations within and outside Duke University, and assist with training of undergraduate and graduate students, as needed. The training environment of the Bursac group is highly interdisciplinary and provides ample opportunities for scientific growth and pursuit of both academic and industry careers. Duke University is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should send their resume, statement of research goals, and names of three reference writers to Dr. Nenad Bursac (nbursac@duke.edu).

Contact Name: 
Nenad Bursac
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022

7. Postdoctoral Associates, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Job Description: 

Several openings available for Postdoctoral Associates in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Please check https://careers.duke.edu/search/?createNewAlert=false&q=%22Molecular+Gen... for our current listings. 

How to Apply: 

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

Contact Name: 
Jason Howard
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Saturday, December 31, 2033
Deadline to Apply: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022

For details please visit the official site 

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