Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

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School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

100% Grant funded

Duke University's Department of Dermatology has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate in Dr. Jennifer Zhang's lab with a primary affiliation with Dermatology and secondary affiliation with Pathology.

Occupational Summary

The Zhang Lab in the Department of Dermatology at Duke is seeking creative, highly motivated, postdoctoral research associates interested in working on immunological skin disorders and novel immunotherapies. This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative team of basic and translational investigators and work in a modern research facility.

Job duties:

  • Develop research hypothesis through literature review and timely discussions with the PI, and design experimental procedures to test the hypothesis.
  • Perform genetic mouse model studies that involve xenograft generation and therapeutic treatment, and subsequent gene expression analyses (e.g. immunohistology, flow cytometry, ELISA, RT-PCR, and Immunoblotting)
  • Perform 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

Preferred requirements:

  • PhD or MD/PhD in biological sciences (molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, or a related field).
  • Strong research background in molecular biology and immunology
  • Prior experience in mouse models of immunological disease is advantageous.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a research project (publications).
  • Ability to work independently and multitask; to interpret, present, and discuss experimental data.
  • Teamwork spirit
  • Please provide cover letter, CV, reprints of manuscripts (published, preprints, or submitted), and contact information for three references.

Minimum Qualifications


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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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