Duke University, Biomedical Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-BME-DUKECHILKOTI1 [#24867]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/05/18, listed until 2023/11/18)
Position Description:    

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Duke Postdoc in Bioengineering: Global Health-Inspired "Bench-to-Bedside" Diagnostics Research 

We are on a mission to democratize access to comprehensive breast cancer diagnostics to all corners of the globe. Personalized breast cancer therapies, though transformative for patient outcomes, require precise tumor biomarker data, but such advanced diagnostic pathology is often unavailable in resource-limited settings. To address this unmet need, our Bioengineering laboratory at Duke University is creating portable, affordable diagnostic technologies for sustainable use in such areas, potentially unlocking access to personalized breast cancer therapy worldwide, even where healthcare infrastructure is lacking, which would have major impact on global cancer care. 

We’re seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Researcher position (PhD in Engineering or equivalent scientific discipline) to advance our NIH-funded research that is dedicated to the mission above. Specifically, your work will focus on developing and refining innovative “point of care” diagnostic technology aimed at molecular and cellular evaluation of breast cancer tissue specimens, and then translating this technology to patient specimens at Duke University Hospital and then deploying it for clinical studies involving end-users at one of our collaborating hospitals in Tanzania. Throughout the process you will apply engineering principles for iterative optimization of the technology, incorporating input from close collaboration with clinical partners. 

The underlying diagnostic technology is described in the following representative publications: 
  • NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Jul 2;7(1):85. doi: 10.1038/s41523-021-00290-0. 
  • Sci Adv. 2021 Jun;7(26). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abg4901. 
  • Sci Transl Med. 2021 Apr 7;13(588). doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abd9696 
  • PNAS 2017 Aug 22;114(34):E7054-E7062. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1703200114 

  • You have a PhD in Engineering or a related Scientific Discipline 
  • You can commit to a minimum of 3 years in this postdoctoral position 
  • You’re highly independent and self-motivated 
  • You have the drive and focus to take a technology through the translational process from “bench-to-bedside” 
  • You’re organized and are comfortable with having a central scientific role in a multi-team collaboration 
  • You are proficient at assembling, interpreting, and summarizing data, and then synthesizing next steps to move a project forward (and can develop creative alternative strategies if needed). 
  • You are comfortable with scientific writing and can lead the drafting of manuscripts and figures for peer-reviewed journal publications and project reports 

  • Please submit the following to Krissey Lloyd (krissey.lloyd@duke.edu): (1) Cover letter that briefly summarizes how your background and your research are aligned with this specific position; (2) a detailed CV or NIH Biosketch, 
  • Qualified applicants will subsequently receive an email if invited for interview. Note this will likely involve several separate meetings with various lab members. 
  • During the interview, we kindly request that you prepare a concise PowerPoint presentation (10-15 min max), about your prior research pursuits, which will give us extra insight into your scientific journey and achievements. We plan to hire one candidate for this position.

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.

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