Duke University, Duke Global Health Institute

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Position ID:Duke-DGHI-RSCIMP [#11576, 51037938]
Position Title: Research Scientist/Assistant Research Professor
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Global Health / Malaria research
Appl Deadline:2018/11/30 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2018/08/06, finished 2019/05/16, listed until 2018/11/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Duke Global Health Institute announces a PhD-level Research Scientist or Assistant/Associate Research Professor position for a minimum of one year, and renewable for additional years contingent upon performance and funding. The position is based in Durham, North Carolina, but may require international travel of up to several weeks per year.

 Overview of DGHI

 The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was created in 2006 to address health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars.  More information on its leadership team, board of advisers, financing, and impact is at http://impact.globalhealth.duke.edu/.

 Overview of the DGHI Malaria Program

 The DGHI Malaria Program is a new, interdisciplinary malaria research and capacity-strengthening program led by DGHI faculty. The Malaria Program’s mission is to conduct innovative, translational malaria research that will lead to new tools and approaches for controlling and eliminating malaria and translate these scientific advances into practice through partnership with low- and middle-income country (LMIC) partners. With field sites in Western Kenya and Southeast Asia, including an NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research based in Myanmar, China and Bangladesh, the DGHI Malaria Program offers an exciting career opportunity for a laboratory scientist with an interest in translational malaria research.

 Position Description

 The Malaria Program is now seeking a Research Scientist with expertise in malaria research.  Working closely with the Director and other team members, the Research Scientist will lead and/or contribute to currently funded research projects being implemented in Myanmar and Southeast Asia, and will also help drive forward the Program’s research agenda by expanding into new research areas and seeking additional funding opportunities, including for new collaborative projects linking DGHI’s African and Asian sites. The research focus of the program is broad, and includes field studies and clinical trials, molecular and genomic epidemiology, and applied immunology.

 This position requires conducting wide-ranging research in global health, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and participating as a thought leader in forums that discuss the translation of malaria research into practical tools and interventions.

 Required Education, Experience, and Skills

 ·         A PhD or equivalent degree in a relevant field (e.g. epidemiology, genetics, genomics, microbiology, immunology)

  • ·         At least 2 years of relevant experience in working in laboratory-based research on malaria (experience with other tropical infectious diseases may be considered for candidates with strong backgrounds in genomic or immuno-epidemiology)
  • ·         Field research and/or capacity-strengthening experience in LMIC countries (preferred)
  • ·         Strong quantitative analysis skills [SAS, SPSS and/or STATA] (preferred)
  • ·         Strong bioinformatics skills [microarray and/or genomics] (preferred)
  • ·         Strong publication record or indication of potential to publish
  • ·         Ability to develop innovative research approaches to malaria control and elimination
  • ·         Ability to help mentor and supervise junior staff members at Duke as well as international partners
  • ·         Willingness to travel to train and transfer technology to LMIC partners
  • ·         Proven record of outstanding written and oral presentation skills
  • ·         Ability to work as part of a team and perform under deadline pressure
  • ·         Project management and multi-tasking skills
  • Working on grant proposal development, including writing, meeting with collaborators, and reviewing proposal opportunities
  • Obtaining IRB approvals for our studies
  • Experience writing proposals and competing for grants and contracts from diverse government and foundation sources

·         Ideal candidate will be self-motivated and will be able to work independently


This position is under the direct supervision of the DGHI Malaria Program.  The Research Scientist will be a member of the Duke Global Health Institute and a core team member of the DGHI Malaria Program.  There are numerous opportunities for professional development within the Duke academic environment and the director will work with the Research Scientist to develop an individualized plan to optimize access to professional development resources.

 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 University 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.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Trent Hall
310 Trent Drive
Duke Box 90519
Durham, NC 27708

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