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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE- Psychiatry - Bmed Div - Shelby/Dorfam Team

Duke University
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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 sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Postdoctoral Associate

General Summary

The Cancer Symptom Management and Support Program is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate for a position beginning in July 2023. The Cancer Symptom Management and Support Program focuses on conducting clinical research and providing behavioral medicine services to address the psychological, social, behavioral, and symptom management needs of cancer patients and their families. This program is a division of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and part of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. Program faculty have expertise in developing and evaluating interventions focused on emotional distress, symptom management, adherence, sexual health, and comorbid chronic health conditions. A range of modalities for delivering interventions are being evaluated including in person, telephone, and mobile health technology-based strategies.

Occupational Summary

The Cancer Symptom Management and Support Program is seeking a motivated and independent candidate with primary interests in the management of cancer treatment-related symptoms and late effects, onco-fertility, and/or adolescent and young adult oncology. This position is expected to be one year with extensions contingent on continued funding, performance, and needs of the program. Salary and benefits are commensurate with NIH standards.

The candidate must have a doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology with prior research and clinical experience in psycho-oncology. A candidate may also be appointed to the Postdoctoral Associate position if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree but the degree has not been formally conferred and will be conferred within the first 90 days of employment. In this case, 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. If the degree is not conferred by this projected date, the postdoctoral appointment may be terminated.

The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research activities under the guidance of Cancer Symptom Management and Support Program faculty mentors in preparation for pursuing an academic or research career. The successful candidate will focus on investigating the management of cancer treatment-related symptoms and late effects, onco-fertility, and/or adolescent and young adult oncology. They must have the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team setting, and should be comfortable working with individuals with cancer across the disease and treatment trajectory. The appointment involves full-time research or scholarship, and will include responsibilities as a research study interventionist. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform a variety of technical duties involved in conducting behavioral medicine research studies;
  • Assist with development of study intervention protocols and materials;
  • Deliver study intervention protocols to study participants;
  • Compile, analyze, document, and draw tentative conclusions from research results and report/write results of research studies for publication;
  • Review methods manuals, scientific journals, and other literature for information applicable to research and write scholarly reviews of relevant literatures;
  • Contribute to the preparation of grant proposals;
  • Present findings at local and national scientific meetings;
  • Write and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals;
  • Mentor students or interns at various levels.

The Postdoctoral Associate is expected to publish the results of their research or scholarship during the period of the appointment. The Cancer Symptom Management and Support Program faculty will actively support the Postdoctoral Associate’s professional growth through individual development and mentoring plans, and professional skills workshops offered through the program (e.g., grant writing seminar, writing group), Duke University, and external workshops. The Postdoctoral Associate will have opportunities to attend training in areas in which they do have expertise.

Please note, the above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The intent of this job description is to be representative of the level and the types of duties/responsibilities that will be required of this position, and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities.

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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.

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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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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

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Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

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