POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE at Duke University

Posted in Other 10 days ago.

Location: Durham, North Carolina





Job Description:


School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.



Occupational Summary

The laboratory works on both animals and cell culture-based models using a variety of cellular physiology and molecular biology methods including FACS, ELISA, immunoblotting, microscopy, RT-PCR, and gene expression arrays. The successful applicant will perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical, chemical, biological and other research laboratory tests, experiments and determinations to obtain data for research purposes; compile, analyze, document and draw tentative conclusions from experimental results .The successful applicant will confer with principal investigator to review work assignments and develop plans for research experiments; make mi nor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required. They will review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts, and other literature for information applicable to research experiments.




Work Performed



  • Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests.

  • Assist in animal surgical procedures

  • Obtain, prepare, mount and stain tissue, blood and other substances from mice for analytical and microscopic measurements, including serum biomarker measurement, histology slides, FACS, RT-PCR, ELISA, gene arrays.

  • Maintain mouse colonies through setting up breeders and regulating colony numbers

  • Prepare culture media, chemicals, reagents, and solutions

  • Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment.

  • Review work of lower-level laboratory personnel within designated areas and assist in training new personnel

  • Maintain timely record of experiments in electronic laboratory notebook

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

  • The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.



This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.




Required Qualifications at this Level
Min Degree Requirements:


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




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.


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.


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