Duke University, Social Science Research Institute

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Position ID:Duke-SSRI-POSTDOCGRID [#15248]
Position Title: GRID Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2020/01/31 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/10/24, finished 2020/02/21, listed until 2020/01/31)
Position Description:   URMs  

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

Occupational Summary

The Postdoctoral Associate conducts mentored collaborative and independent research and serves as Project Manager on the NIH grant, Implementation and Implications of Sickle Cell Trait Screening in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). This individual works closely with the Principal Investigator of the grant (director of the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference) as well as co-investigators and staff at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, NCAA staff, and consultants to achieve the goal of the grant, which is to identify and understand key challenges, limitations, and risks of the NCAA sickle cell trait screening policy, and develop strategies to address them.

Work Performed


Manage the day-to-day research and logistical aspects of the project.


Lead the creation of the operations manual for the project.


Facilitate synchronization of quantitative and qualitative research activities between Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, maintaining regular contact among collaborators and with consultants.


Participate in the refinement of study design, development and piloting of surveys and interview guides, as well as formal data collection, management, analysis, and interpretation.

Lead and participate in the preparation of project-related products including manuscripts, grant applications, progress reports, policy briefs, and public education materials.

Present research at local, national, and possibly international scholarly and public seminars, workshops, conferences, and other meetings relevant to the project.

Prepare and submit renewal of IRB protocol.

Participate in teaching activities and mentor student research assistants on the project.

Participate in various short-term professional development programs, such as courses or workshops that will enhance trainee’s knowledge and skills relevant to areas of interest.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires communication, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a PhD degree or equivalent doctorate in a field related to the research, such as the social and behavioral sciences, public health, public policy, humanities, bioethics, law, medicine, human genetics and genomics, ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) research, and/or STS (science, technology, and society) studies.


At least one year of applicable post-graduate research and project management experience or any other equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. This includes leadership roles on publications and presentations.


Strong written and oral communication skills to include translating interdisciplinary work to various audiences

Careful attention to detail

Excellent time management and organizational skills

Flexibility and ability to work on multiple initiatives simultaneously 

Ability to work well both independently and as a member of collaborative diverse teams

Ability to provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting standards and monitoring performance

Computer proficiency required. Capable of working with email, databases, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EndNote, Dropbox, Box, GoogleDocs, and other similar research tools

Strong methodological training and experience in quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed method research, including instrument design and proficiency with software for data management and analysis (e.g. SPSS, NVivo, Dedoose)

Preferred Qualifications

Training in or knowledge of scientific, clinical, and social aspects of sickle cell disease and trait.

 The following materials must accompany your application:

  • Cover letter, including a research statement on why you should be selected for the position
  • Current CV
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references

Expected start date is February 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Contact Mary Anne McDonald (maryanne.mcdonald@duke.edu), Senior Research Associate at GRID, for more information as needed.


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:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708