If there are any available positions within Biology, they will be listed below.

Open Positions

Lab Manager in the Patek Lab

Application period closes: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University has an open position for a full-time lab manager/research associate position, starting early summer 2019. This position is approximately 50% aquarium animal care and administrative support, and 50% research in areas including biomechanics, evolutionary analysis, engineering, and mechanics. This position is suitable for recently-graduated undergraduates who need an extra year of research experience before applying to graduate school. It is not suitable for gap year pre-medical students, given that this position is geared toward research apprenticeships for future basic research scientists or engineers. 

If you are interested in applying, please submit your materials to Academic Jobs Online, job #12934. Materials should include a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, the Patek Lab research program, and any relevance to your career goals/interests. Please also include your CV/resume, unofficial transcript and the names/contact info for three references.

The salary will be approximately $17-18/hour or ~$37,000/year.

Job applications are reviewed continuously.  There is not a set deadline for job applications, so it is best to submit as soon as possible.  

Inquiries about the position should be sent to Prof. S. Patek,

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).

Please apply for this position through Academic Jobs Online,, job #13045.

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