Duke University, Physics

Position ID:Duke-Physics-TUNLPASS [#22700, 3820]
Position Title: TUNL Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Physics / Nuclear Physics
Appl Deadline: withdrawn (posted 2022/09/08, listed until 2022/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Job Title: POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE Job Code: 3820 FLSA: E Job Level: 00 Revised Date: 11/01/2018 Job Family: JF 27

Occupational Summary

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

Work Performed


The Postdoctoral Appointee holds a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g. ScD, MD, DVM). Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.

1. A candidate may also be appointed to a postdoctoral position if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree but the degree has not been formally conferred: 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.

2. Note for international candidates: Generally, immigration classifications (e.g., H-1B, J-1, etc.) require that the requisite degree be conferred before a petition can be filed or a visa document issued to sponsor the individual. The term of the appointment is limited (see Section 5 of the Postdoc Policy for length of appointment). The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, and may include teaching responsibilities. The appointment is generally preparatory for a full time academic or research career. The appointment is not part of a clinical training program, unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is the primary purpose of the appointment. The Postdoctoral Appointee functions under the supervision of a mentor or a department at Duke University. The Postdoctoral Appointee is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.


The conscientious discharge of research or scholarship responsibilities, which may include teaching responsibilities for Postdoctoral Associates. Conformance to standards of responsible conduct in research. Compliance with good scholarly and research practice.

Maintenance of a laboratory notebook and/or other comparable records of research activity, which remains the property of Duke University upon termination.

Adherence to University standards regarding use of isotopes, chemicals, infectious agents, animals, human subjects, and the like.

Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Postdoctoral Appointee's research activities. Postdoctoral Appointees are encouraged to consult the AAMC Compact between Postdoctoral Appointees and Their Mentors for suggested guidelines for the Postdoctoral Appointee-mentor relationship.

Prompt disclosure to the mentor regarding the possession and desire to distribute materials, reagents, software, copyrightable and potentially patentable discoveries derived from the Postdoctoral Appointee's research.

Collegial conduct towards members of the research group and others as described in the Duke University School of Medicine Honor Code of Professional Conduct and other relevant conduct policies pertaining to other schools at Duke University. Compliance with all applicable University and departmental policies and procedures.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training: A PhD is required for this position

Experience: See job description for requirements.

Skills: See job description for requirements.


Job Description:

The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) Data Evaluation group seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join our group in support of nuclear structure data compilation and evaluation.

The Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is a Department of Energy Center of Excellence in Nuclear Physics. TUNL is one of four Department of Energy Nuclear Physics Centers of Excellence, with affiliated experimental and theory faculty from Duke, North Carolina Central, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, TUNL draws collaborators worldwide and provides opportunities in both accelerator and non-accelerator-based research. In addition, TUNL is engaged in research collaborations at leading national and international user facilities.

The TUNL group is part of the US Nuclear Data Program and participates in the international network of Nuclear Structure and Decay Data evaluators. We are responsible for compilation and evaluation of nuclei in the A=2-20 mass region. A successful candidate will have recently completed a PhD in nuclear physics and will contribute in literature surveys to produce XUNDL datasets, related to individual articles, and ENSDF evaluations for nuclides and collections of nuclides along isotopic chains. Additional contributions may include expanding the presentation of nuclear data on our locally managed website that specifically focuses on light nuclei https://nucldata.tunl.duke.edu/.

This appointment will be through Duke University, carries a one-year appointment, and is renewable by mutual consent for a period of up to 3 years. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should submit a CV, a brief description of research experience and the names of three potential references to Prof. John Kelley (jhkelley@ncsu.edu) and Research Manager Shaun Diehl (shaun.diehl@duke.edu).

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.

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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:
919 744 9536
Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory
116 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708