Durham, North Carolina

School of Medicine:


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This position is expected to be for one year to start with  contingent on funding, performance, and needs of the lab.


 We are seeking a self-motivated individual to join a laboratory studying vertebrate genetics. We are focused on three questions: 1) what genetic changes underlie the unique abilities of the human species, as well as why humans are predisposed to certain diseases?  2) Why are some species able to quickly adapt to new environments, while other species go extinct or are significantly impacted by environmental changes?  For this work we use the three-spine stickleback fish as a model system. 3) What genetic changes underlie iconic traits such as the giraffe's long neck or feathers on birds?



To answer these questions we develop computational methods as well as use techniques from molecular biology and developmental genetics. We write software to enable our own research, but make the programs freely available for the scientific community as a whole to also enable research in other labs.



The ideal candidate will have experience in both the life sciences and computer science / mathematics; however, candidates with a knowledge of one field and a strong interest in the other are also encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enjoy working as part of a team, and have the ability to learn new skills.


You can learn more about our lab here:



Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:


● Husbandry and genotyping of animals, such as fish, mice, and birds

● Cell culture

● Writing software to analyze genetic data

● Molecular techniques to sequence genomes

● Preparing common LabSolutions and reagents

● Ordering new equipment and reagents for the lab

● Being a helpful colleague in a collaborative lab

● Teaching new members of the lab

● Documenting lab safety practices




The successful candidate must have excellent attention to detail, strong recordkeeping skills, and the ability to interact professionally with people at all levels. Relevant experience and/or coursework preferred.




This position is compatible with the applicant looking to gain experience and knowledge before attending graduate school in a couple years, or to grow this role into a long-term career.





Minimum Qualifications




Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.




None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


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Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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