Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-CFLFEL [#23527, 1420]
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2022/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/10/31, finished 2023/01/24, listed until 2022/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Duke University:

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

Job Title: Associate in Research

Job Code: 1420
Job Family: JF 27

Work Performed

·       Manage the Duke Center for Firearms Law Historical Gun Law Repository, which is hosted on the Center’s website through WordPress.

o   Assist with launch of new Repository search application.

o   Maintain and organize Excel backup of Repository and physical PDF back-ups for Repository laws.

o   Coordinate with Duke library staff, Center executive director, and third-party research databases regarding intellectual property issues related to the Repository.

·         Add links to source material to existing laws in the Repository.

o   Compile URLs for source locations based on existing PDFs.

o   Conduct searches in public legal databases to identify copies of laws in the Repository.

o   Add links to source materials for all Repository laws.

·       Coordinate with Center executive director, research assistants, and outside groups to add new laws to the Repository and refine law categorization and coding. 

o   Identify databases and archives where historical laws might be available and direct scholars and researchers to those resources.

o   Receive and review material collected by volunteers and lawyers and add to the Repository.

o   Review law coding system to ensure accuracy, code new laws into appropriate categories.

o   Interface regularly with Everytown and other organizations managing volunteers to discuss collection and verification of new laws.

·       Field technical and user feedback about the Repository; Coordinate with software developer to fix technical issues.

·       Create informative graphics illustrating facets of the newly-updated Repository, including the types of laws included, the time periods covered, the percentage of laws linked to underlying sources, and user engagement with the Repository.

Minimum Qualifications

Work requires knowledge and skills generally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree.

Work requires knowledge of research databases/repositories generally acquired through at least two years of relevant experience. 

Preferred Education and Experience

  • History or political science major preferred (ideally with research experience for thesis or other capstone project in that area)
  • M.L.S./M.I.S. valued
  • Experience with website design
  • Familiarity with legal research databases (specifically HeinOnline and Making of Modern Law)

This is a term-limited, 2-year position. Possibility of renewal dependent on continuation of grant and/or gift funding specifically targeted to support this work. Some hybrid/remote work and flexibility possible.

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:
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Further Info:
email address
210 Science Drive
Duke Box 90360
Durham, NC 27708