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Open Positions

Lab Tech/Manager in the Gibert Lab

Application period closes: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Occupational Summary

Coordinate administrative, technical and research activities in the lab. Carry out ecological/evolutionary experiments (both microcosms in laboratory settings and mesocosms at Duke Forest) and help with experimental design, implementation and data analysis. Co-supervise undergraduate students. The successful candidate must be able to work independently, but also be an excellent team member.

Oversee all aspects of laboratory compliance with Duke and other policies as well as all research-adjacent activities (time/space management, undergraduate activities and outreach events in the lab).

Work Performed

Perform complex research laboratory techniques such as but not limited to: DNA/RNA/protein extraction and purification from cell lines and other tissues, maintain protist and other freshwater organism cultures, perform ecological assays such as foraging experiments, population counts over time, manipulations of media and or other environmental conditions using growth chambers, quantify cell phenotypes using flow cytometry (FlowCAM).

Provide oversight and mentoring of undergraduate researchers in areas of project design, data analysis, and troubleshooting, as well as instruction in technical skills.

Direct and oversee junior technical personnel in data analysis and technical laboratory skills.

Facilitation of graduate research through instruction and troubleshooting of techniques and assisting in project design.

Manage the safety of the lab with special attention paid to training of personnel, management of safe physical spaces, management of hazardous materials and possibly pathogenic agents, creation and maintenance of Standard Operation Procedures for techniques and individual chemicals. Serve as the primary point of contact for the Occupational and Environmental Safety Office.

Liaise with animal, biosafety, and other oversight offices regarding approvals needed for research efforts. Liaise with Duke Forest and manage mesocosm facilities and experiments.

Coordinate equipment assessment, purchasing, maintenance, and oversight. Respond to equipment and space audit requests.

Procure and maintain inventories of reagents, supplies, and samples as needed to support research activities of all lab personnel.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training: Work requires a bachelor degree in biology, or related field.

Experience: At least one year of research experience is preferred but a combination of education and research-related experience may be taken into account.

Skills: Candidate must be fluent in ecological terminology and have a good understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes.

Problem-solving and troubleshooting skills are a must.

Sterile technique for maintenance of live cultures.

Ability to handle live organisms (including vertebrates).

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Experience with the molecular biology techniques for extraction, isolation, and analysis of DNA/RNA would be a strong differential.

Coding experience is preferred but not indispensable (e.g. R, Julia, Python, Mathematica).

Duke University 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 also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Postdoctoral associate in population ecology in the Morris lab

Application period closes: Thursday, January 31, 2019

A multi-university, collaborative research project focusing on the metapopulation dynamics of three threatened species (a bird, a butterfly, and a plant) seeks a postdoctoral associate with research experience collecting plant demographic data in the field, and using those data to construct and analyze structured population models (e.g., projection matrix or integral projection models).  Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Ecology or related fields and evidence of strong research productivity.

The postdoc will be responsible for: 1) overseeing a multi-population field demographic study of Venus flytrap plants in North Carolina, 2) using the data to identify environmental drivers of demography; 3) examining patterns of synchrony between populations; and 4) using population models to inform management. 

Opportunities will be available for the postdoc to establish their own side projects related to the overall goals of larger project, as well as to collaborate on synthetic research involving all three focal species. The postdoc will also assist the lead PI (William Morris) in overseeing the larger project. A copy of original proposal describing the project can be obtained by emailing William Morris (wfmorris@duke.edu).

Salary and benefits are commensurate with Duke University standards for postdoctoral associates.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three people who can serve as references.  Applications must be submitted through AcademicJobsOnline.com. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 15.  The position could begin as soon as Dec. 1, 2018, but qualified applicants who will not complete their dissertations until the end of Spring 2019 are encouraged to apply, as hiring will be delayed for exceptionally qualified candidates.  

Duke University 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 also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kiehart Lab

Application period closes: Thursday, January 31, 2019

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in Dan Kiehart’s lab at Duke University, NC, USA (http://sites.biology.duke.edu/kiehartlab/).

Disciplines: biology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, biophysics

Salary: NIH guidelines

We focus on the molecular and biomechanical mechanisms of cell sheet morphogenesis during dorsal closure in the model system, Drosophila melanogaster (reviewed in Kiehart et al. 2017 Ann. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol. 33:169).

Cell sheet morphogenesis, an essential process for metazoan development and homeostasis of animal form, contributes to developmental milestones including gastrulation, neural tube, heart and palate formation and to homeostasis through its role in wound healing. Gene expression and signaling cascades coordinate and regulate the cellular machines that drive morphogenesis. Disfunction of any one of these components causes developmental and wound healing defects that can disfigure or kill. 

Ongoing projects in the lab employ a multidisciplinary approach that includes:

  • High resolution imaging (i.e. Chen et al. 2014 Science 346(6208):1257998)
  • Biophysics (i.e. Sokolow et al. 2012 Biophys J 102(5):969-79)
  • Computer modeling (i.e. Wells et al. 2014 Mol Biol Cell 25(22):3552-68)
  • Genetics (i.e. Mortensen et al. 2018 G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 8:2361, see fig)
  • Molecular and cell biology (i.e. Franke et al. 2005 Curr Bio 15:2208-2221; Hunter et al. 2014 Dev 141(2): 325-34)

Candidates must hold a PhD or anticipate completion of a PhD prior to starting the postdoc and must have prior publications. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research interest, names and contact information for three references and a publication list. Applications may be submitted via Academic Jobs Online, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo  job # 12572.  

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Competitive salary and an excellent work environment are available at Duke University.