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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.

Occ Summary

Conduct independent research activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for a full-time academic or research career.

Work Performed

A Postdoctoral position at Duke University is available to conduct pain- and joint function-related studies. Using molecular and cellular biology, calcium imaging, optogenetics, neuroanatomy, mouse models, and behavior test, the successful candidate is expected to design and perform experiments to:

1) identify pathological mechanisms underlying craniofacial pain (i.e. trigeminal neuropathic pain, temporomandibular joint pain, and migraine)

2) define the mechanisms of chondrocyte mechanotransduction in health and disease states.

Candidate must have completed the requirements for the PhD degree or equivalent in Neuroscience/Molecular Biology related fields by the time of beginning the position. Prior experience in pain or joint function-related research and familiarity with animal surgery, pain behavior tests, cell culture/transfection, tissue preparation, transcriptional analysis, and microscope image analysis are highly desirable. The candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be strongly motivated, and work well in a team setting.

This mentored position functions more independently and contributes towards scientific publications, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in national/international meetings. The pain research environment at Duke University is excellent. The trainee will also have the opportunity to interact directly with exceptional faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to tackle research problems relevant to pain and benefit greatly from a strong scientific, translational, and clinical research environment.

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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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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time