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Associate, Research

Req ID:  6245
Date:  Sep 13, 2019

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER

School of Medicine:


Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.


Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.



Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) is a nonprofit organization hosted by Duke University and founded in 2011 by Duke Health, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum. The organization aims to improve healthcare worldwide by supporting the scale and impact of promising innovations. Innovations in Healthcare collaborates closely with the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC), part of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). The Center studies and supports the scaling and adaptation of innovations, and related policy reforms, to address critical health challenges worldwide. It helps integrate complementary efforts across IiH, DGHI, the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, developing an academic home for faculty, staff, trainees, and students working on health innovation and policy issues globally.


The Associate, Programs will report to the Assistant Director, Programs and provide support for day-to-day project and core team operations, including design, planning, and delivery of various IiH/GHIC programs. The Associate, Research will coordinate with internal and external program teams to ensure excellent internal operations and client deliverables across multiple domains. Initially, the Associate, Research will support a three-year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant analyzing the introduction and scale-up trends of global health interventions.


Work Performed

  • Support the research component of a multi-year grant analyzing the introduction and scale-up trends of global health interventions, including collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis of generalizable insights, and drafting of reports and case studies
  • Support the development of data collection strategies, including helping to design and administer surveys/questionnaires, creating interview structures and conducting in-person and virtual interviews, and carrying out desk-based research
  • Draft program reports, articles, white papers, manuscripts, and presentations
  • Coordinate global teleconferences, international site visits, and high-level meetings (both internal and external)
  • Manage preparation and logistics for team travel to client or site visits (flight tickets, hotel reservations, ground transportation arrangements, meeting room reservations, catering, visa applications, gifts, etc.) and for visitors to Duke, specifically those attending IIH/GHIC-provided, Duke-based training sessions. Secure necessary documentation for foreign visitors, working with Visa Services, HR, and other offices as required
  • Prepare agendas and slide decks for program and project team meetings
  • Develop the digital content of IiH and GHIC knowledge development work, including summaries and blog posts highlighting publications, student projects, policy events, and knowledge development webinars, in conjunction with communications team
  • Travel to and represent IiH and/or GHIC at domestic and international events
  • Contribute to efforts to secure financial support (through grants, contracts, and other mechanisms) and resources to support the research agenda
  • Contribute to IiH and GHIC annual strategic planning and other organization-wide initiatives
  • Regularly scan new literature in the field for new research findings on priority healthcare innovation issues; summarize the findings and their applicability to IiH/GHIC activities and the Innovator Network
  • Perform other related duties

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.




Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program. Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. global health, public health, social work, sociology)


Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in developing research design, writing for multiple audiences, and project management.




  • Strong organizational skills
  • Outstanding initiative and ability to work independently and solve problems creatively
  • Excellent ability to set priorities among multiple tasks
  • Strong writing skills and ability to write for various audiences
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, particularly qualitative data
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize research and conduct literature reviews
  • Experience building and managing relationships in projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience in research, global health, health communications, health policy, or similar field
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally as needed
  • Computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet searches.




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.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh