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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 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.

We are currently seeking a forward-thinking, inventive and results driven Postdoctoral Associate within the lab of Dr. Robert Lefkowitz at Duke University in Durham, NC. The Lefkowitz lab studies the molecular and regulatory properties of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), also known as seven transmembrane spanning receptors (7TMRs). Current work in the lab focuses on understanding how GPCR cell signaling, by biased or unbiased ligands, is mediated through GPCRs and their transducers, the G proteins and β-arrestins. The lab utilizes techniques ranging from biophysics to pharmacology to cell biology to in vivo animal disease models – and more information on their research can be found on

General Qualifications:

  • PhD within the last 2 years
  • Background in structural biology strongly preferred
  • Effective communication skills, self-motivated, and a strong work ethic
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative group environment
  • Experience with either X-Ray Crystallography or Cryo-Electron Microscopy required
  • Applicants should submit both their curriculum vitae and a detailed statement on how their experience and interests relate to our work.

    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.

    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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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/13/2020
    Application Due: 4/28/2021
    Work Type: Full Time