PhD Position in Medicine

Duke University

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PhD Position in Medicine 

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  228667
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  MEDICAL CENTER
Date:  Jun 11, 2023
School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Job description: 

The post-doctoral research associate will lead specific research projects in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Medical Genetics). The research projects will focus on hepatic glycogen storage diseases (GSDs). The post doc will contribute to the understanding of hepatic GSDs as we have ongoing retrospective and prospective clinical natural history studies to better understand disease progression and clinical outcomes of patients diagnosed with a hepatic GSD. This post doc will collaborate with different research team members on other research projects and will use the clinical knowledge to advance the science in GSDs. This post doc position requires a minimum two-year commitment and will consist of a hybrid work arrangement. 



- PhD, MD, MBBS, DSc, MD/PhD, or MBBS/DSc in a relevant field 

- Demonstration of conducting clinical research in the past (publications with first authorship and/or scientific/medical writing in peer-reviewed medical journals, platform/poster presentations in conferences/seminars) will be preferred 

- Previous experience in grant writing will be preferred 

- Previous experience with analyzing and interpreting statistical data will be preferred 

- Demonstrate following skills 

o Excellent communication skills and an ability to work well with others 

o Self-motivated with a strong work ethic 

o Detail-oriented and possesses strong planning and organizational skills 

o Excellent writing and problem-solving skills 



- Be involved in managing and storing clinical research data (data management) and analyzing data 

- Conduct systematic literature reviews, develop hypotheses, critically think, and brainstorm new ideas with the research team 

- Regularly collaborate with multiple experts at and outside of Duke, fellow post docs, and the rest of the clinical research team 

- Communicate and present research findings at divisional meetings, international conferences, and patient education meetings 

- Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals in the form of research articles: 

o This candidate must be able to accurately translate research findings and relevant literature to a target audience (such as clinicians, geneticists, and other members of the patient care team). 

o Must have the knowledge of the authorship guidelines as per the ICMJE guidelines, and be able to follow through all the instruction under each journal’s authorship guidelines for submitting an article 

- Must possess the knowledge to use citation managers such as EndNote 

- Possess the knowledge of basic research integrity, values of ownership of a research project, and follow timelines to achieve deliverables. Training on responsible conduct of research (RCR) and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) for conducting research will be provided at Duke.



Minimum Qualifications



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