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Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  185028
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Nov 15, 2022

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.


Job Description:
A postdoc position in translational human neuroscience is open with the Perioperative Research Team (PORT) lab at Duke University Medical Center (led by Dr. Miles Berger), focusing on functional neuroimaging and CSF biomarker correlates of differences in brain EEG sensitivity to anesthetic drugs in older surgical patients. This work seeks to understand why some older adults have increased brain sensitivity to anesthetic drugs, and why increased brain sensitivity to anesthetic drugs is associated with cognitive impairment, postoperative delirium risk, and a possible increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and long-term cognitive decline.


This position is open to those with a PhD in neuroscience and expertise in functional/ structural MRI analysis; a background in EEG analysis and/or CSF biomarker studies is also helpful but not required. The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent analytical, quantitative and communication skills. The postdoc will work under the supervision of Dr. Berger as well as our neuroimaging/neuropsychology collaborator Dr. Jeff Browndyke and our cognitive neuroscience collaborator Dr. Marty Woldorff.   


This position will expose the post-doc to both cutting edge modern neuroscience approaches (at both the systems and cell/molecular levels), and to the intra-operative and peri-operative management of older surgical patients at risk for both postoperative delirium and longer-term cognitive decline and dementia risk. This is an ideal position for anyone interested in true translational human neuroscience.


Job Requirements: 

Minimum Degree Requirements:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.). 


Other Credential/Experiential Requirements:  

  • The incumbent must be a true post-doctoral fellow registered with the Post Doc Office and per the following requirements:
  • The term of this appointment is limited (5 years with a possible extension for an additional year)
  • The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, which may include teaching responsibilities.
  • The appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full time academic or research career.
  • The appointment is not part of a clinical research training program unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is a primary purpose of the appointment.
  • The appointee works under the supervision of a scholar or a department at Duke University.
  • The appointee has the freedom and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.


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