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Requisition Number::  153468
Date:  Oct 8, 2021

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.


Position is for one year to start, extensions will be contingent on funding, performance, and needs of the lab.


Postdoctoral Associate position available in the laboratory of Dong Yan at Duke University, NC, USA (https://mgm.duke.edu/faculty-and-research/primary-faculty/dong-yan-phd/). Competitive salary and excellent work environment.


Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying neuronal development, regeneration, and degeneration.  We use a free-living tiny roundworm, called Caenorhabditis elegans, as a model. The defined cell lineage, completely mapped connectome and rapid life cycle of this organism greatly facilitate investigating the nervous system at the subcellular resolution. Using cutting edge laser axotomy, live imaging, and genetic and genome editing approaches, we address questions related to neurons and glia in development and aging. We currently have projects focusing on the following areas: i) neuronal and glial development; ii) gap junction regulation; iii) neurodegeneration and regeneration. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in developmental and molecular/cellular biology and a strong interest in neurobiology. Candidates must hold a PhD, MD, MD/PhD degree or have completed the requirements for such a degree prior to starting the position as well as have prior publications.


Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, and names and contact information of three references.



Min Degree Requirements: If the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred 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. Other Credential/Experiential Requirements: This position is limited to those with no more than 5 years combined of Duke and external postdoctoral experience, or no more than 4 years of Duke experience if that is the only postdoctoral experience.

Position is for one year to start, extensions will be contingent on funding, performance, and needs of the lab.


Duke 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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Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh