Duke University, Duke Global Health Institute

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Position ID:Duke-DGHI-ARP [#27114]
Position Title: Assistant or Associate Research Professor
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Global Health
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2024/02/05)
Position Description:    

DGHI Global Mental Health Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Research Professor Level) 

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, is conducting a search for an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with expertise in Global Mental Health (GMH) to participate in research, education, and training efforts. We are especially interested in applicants with an intervention-focused program of research, which could include intervention development, adaptation, evaluation, and/or implementation science approaches to improve intervention delivery and access for sustainability and scale-up. Specific topics, populations, and contexts are flexible, though we will prioritize candidates who work in low- and middle-income countries and whose work is consistent with an interdisciplinary approach to research. To facilitate such work, DGHI has established Priority Partnership Locations across the globe, many of which have previously supported GMH research. 

Within the Duke Center for Global Mental Health, we highly value mentorship and teaching, and seek an applicant who is passionate about engaging in these activities alongside and integrated in their research. This faculty member would have the opportunity to directly mentor undergraduate students, often Global Health majors; graduate students in DGHI’s Master of Science in Global Health Program; medical students doing yearlong research projects; doctoral students from across the university; and postdoctoral scholars, to participate actively in their ongoing studies. The successful candidate would also have the opportunity to develop classes related to GMH to expand course offerings for students interested in pursuing this field, or to teach existing courses at DGHI. Lastly, we seek an applicant who is interested in taking an active role in developing our growing Center for Global Mental Health, to participate in vision-setting, strategic planning, and partnership development as we continue to expand our research and training efforts. 

This will be a full-time 9- or 12- month appointment based at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Research Professor. Initial rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The faculty member’s primary appointment will be within DGHI with the possibility of joint appointments in other Departments or Schools at Duke. In collaboration with candidates, we will identify Department(s) of best fit and pursue opportunities for a tenure-track joint appointment in another Department or School at Duke should that be of interest (as DGHI is not a tenure-granting entity). 

We are especially interested in applicants with a track record of extramural funding or a clear plan of research that is likely to lead to extramural funding in the near future. DGHI will provide initial salary support for this position with the expectation of transitioning to extramural grant funding and internal sources of funding (e.g., teaching, administrative roles) over time. The specific timeline will vary based on level at entry, the candidate’s current funding, and potential co-funding through other Duke entities through joint appointments. DGHI is dedicated to supporting the new faculty member to be successful in their transition to DGHI.


DGHI was created in 2006 as a University-wide institute with faculty from across Duke. DGHI has an expansive vision: to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world. We work to prepare global health leaders through world-leading interdisciplinary education programs; seek innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing global health challenges by conducting research, designing policies, and implementing evidence-based interventions; and partner for change by engaging international and local organizations in locally grounded, collaborative projects. The DGHI community involves 111 staff, 99 core faculty, and 84 affiliate and adjunct faculty. DGHI values humility, compassion, respect, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and commitment to impact. More information on the institute’s leadership, education and degree programs, faculty research, and impact can be found at: https://globalhealth.duke.edu ;

DGHI is dedicated to research and training in Global Mental Health to reduce disparities in treatment access in low-resource contexts. We have an established Center for Global Mental Health that serves as a hub to link interdisciplinary faculty and trainees across Duke, including Duke University and Duke Health. We have over 30 faculty members who integrate mental health into their interdisciplinary research and a pool of talented trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. At Duke, we define Global Mental Health broadly, with research topics addressing diverse needs across contexts and age groups, and spanning the prevention to treatment continuum. Please see more information about our Center for Global Mental Health and faculty research here: https://globalhealth.duke.edu/global-mental-health-center. ;

Qualifications and Skills Required: • Doctoral or terminal degree (e.g., PhD, ScD, DrPH, MD) in a relevant field (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, nursing, global health, public health, health behavior, implementation science). • Experience conducting intervention-focused research in global mental health • Experience conducting research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) • A record of obtaining extramural research funding or a clearly articulated plan for obtaining extramural funding • A record of academic publishing • Perspectives and experiences that reflect a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and decolonization 

Preferred: • Clinical experience in mental health intervention delivery • Academic teaching experience • Experience supervising and mentoring trainees in a research capacity • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a mental health professional 

Application Process: Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. A selection committee will oversee the process.

As a first step, applicants are required to submit (1) a cover letter describing their interest, experience, qualifications, and skills for the position and (2) a curriculum vitae. 

Additional materials will be requested from a smaller pool of candidates following initial review of application packets, including a detailed research statement, a statement describing the candidate’s teaching/mentorship/training philosophy and experiences, and letters of reference. Finally, a subset of applicants will be selected for interviews and a research presentation. 

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee for this position, Maeve Salm, Clinical Research Coordinator for the Duke Center for Global Mental Health, at dukegmh@duke.edu, or to Erica Carter, Human Resource Departmental Director at the Duke Global Health Institute, at erica.carter@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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Trent Hall
310 Trent Drive
Duke Box 90519
Durham, NC 27710