Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University

2781 11042
Position ID:Duke-Initiative for Science & Society-DNA [#11042]
Position Title: DNA,Biometrics, and Immigration Policy
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Health Policy and Health Services Research / health policy
Appl Deadline:2018/04/30 finished (2018/10/23, finished 2019/01/27, listed until 2018/12/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

DNA, Biometrics, and Immigration policy


We seek a highly motivated and collaborative postdoctoral law scholar to join an interdisciplinary laboratory (the Farahany Science, Law, and Policy Laboratory- SLAP Lab), which conducts research on the legal, ethical, and policy issues arising from developments in genomics, neuroscience, and novel technologies (artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more) at Duke University, led by Nita Farahany, JD, PhD, in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Duke Law School.

The postdoctoral fellowship is intended for individuals with a law degree (JD) who are interested in ethical and legal implication of use of biometrics data (and particularly DNA), by immigration authorities, law enforcement, and courts for identification. This fellowship is renewable on an annual basis for up to three years. The fellow will be involved in a large-scale project supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).


The fellow will conduct qualitative and quantitative legal and social science research (including surveys, interviews, and focus groups). The fellow will analyze legal precedents, statutes, both domestically and internationally pertinent to DNA, biometric and immigration policy. They will prepare manuscripts and presentations for national and international meetings. This work will be embedded in SLAP Lab with a vertically-integrated team of collaborators, on a project led by Dr. Nita Farahany and Sara Katsanis, MS. The fellow will be encouraged to take advantage of other training and learning opportunities within the Duke Initiative for Science and Society and Duke University. We hope that this experience will prepare the fellow for an independent research career in bioethics/neuroethics, science policy, and/or legal academia.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent in law or related fields (including law, health policy, science policy)
  • Prior qualitative research experience
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior interest/experience in DNA and/or biometric data
  • Prior interest/experience in survey methodology and analysis
  • Prior interest/experience in immigration law/policy
  • Written and spoken Spanish language skills
  • Two-year commitment (with opportunities to extend as mutually desired)

How to Apply
Please  apply via Academic Jobs Online and email Nita Farahany at with your CV, cover letter, and names and contact information for two references. CVs without cover letters will not be considered.  Applications are welcome immediately, and will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until an offer and acceptance of hiring are made.  

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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 makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Application Materials Required:
Those requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Science and Society
Box 90222
Durham, NC 27708

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