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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.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide research support and expertise for the Oceans and Human Health Initiative. Main responsibilities will be in bridging the Nicholas School/Duke Marine Lab with the Department of Medicine to explore the intersection of the marine environment and human health, with a focus on ocean plastic and human health. This is an 8 month position, with funding scheduled to end in August, 2021.


Develop and test microbial systems to degrade plastics

Treating mammalian cells with various agents and monitoring of cellular phenotypes, including growth, apoptosis, migration, invasion, spheroid growth, and hypoxia tolerance

Performing molecular cloning and other molecular biological assays (western blotting, RNA/DNA extractions, qRT-PCR, and genomics-based analysis of cancer cell lines, including gene expression profiling, next generation sequencing and mass spec based proteomics)

Documenting information and data by maintaining a laboratory notebook, organizing/annotating data on secure network directories

Managing laboratory activities and organization – travel/remote activities across Marine Lab and Durham campuses (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions)

Completing projects by assisting project team and supervising undergraduate students; attending and participating in group and project meetings.

Keeping laboratory supplies ready by inventorying stock, placing orders, verifying receipt.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires an Associate's degreein botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other science related scientific field.



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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Posted: 2/14/2021
Application Due: 5/15/2021
Work Type: Full Time