Durham, North Carolina

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.


The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) is recruiting a junior/mid-level investigator to work on clinical research programs. As the nation’s largest academic research organization, the Duke Clinical Research Institute is known for conducting groundbreaking multicenter clinical trials, developing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research.  As part of the Duke University School of Medicine, DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics.


DCRI Pediatrics

Actively contribute to the DCRI Pediatrics Therapeutic  Area mission to develop and share knowledge through innovative clinical research that advances child health. Our highly esteemed and motivated team works across multiple disciplines and therapeutic areas to design and lead the most impactful pediatric research programs in the country. From the NIH Pediatric Trials Network to the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program, our innovative clinical research studies are designed to serve even the youngest patients, providing evidence for all children to lead healthy, productive lives. Our pediatric research experience ranges from pharmacokinetic studies in neonates to large multicenter trials in adolescent populations. We focus on:

  • Cardiology
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Infectious disease/HIV
  • Primary care
  • Rheumatology
  • Neonatology
  • Critical Care
  • Pulmonary
  • Psychiatry
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Clinical pharmacology

This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and make a meaningful contribution to child health.


Job Responsibilities

  • As the lead investigator on clinical research team, this position provides input into research design, oversees all aspects of operational execution, and is responsible for project activities from start-up to conduct, closure, and dissemination of research results.  This position is accountable for project deliverables and meeting sponsor expectations.  This includes:
    • Work with study team to develop and modify research protocols to achieve study aims, understand and identify risks, develop and implement mitigation strategies
    • Meet regularly with study sponsor and key stakeholders, both internal and external to DCRI, to engage in relationship management of these groups
    • Write, review and approve study reports to the sponsor, FDA, DCRI, and/or other oversight groups
    • Provide review and sign-off on study IRB amendments including changes to study protocol, consent documentation, and data collection forms.
    • Participate in the writing and dissemination of results via publications, conferences, abstracts, etc. and pursue opportunities for scientific publishing to translate research findings into clinical practice
    • Work closely with study project leader to ensure project timelines are on track and study deliverable are met

Participate in regular meetings with the study research team, including attending project review meetings as part of ongoing study oversight,

    • Provide oversight of study financials, including understanding project budget and implications, and manage profits and losses in collaboration with study teams
  • Provide thought leadership on assigned clinical research projects within the DCRI Pediatrics Therapeutic Area
  • Train and mentor others (students, residents, fellows, faculty) in research, the DCRI mission, and our culture
  • Participate in Pediatric Therapeutic Area investigator meetings


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Able to lead a multidisciplinary research team of project leaders, data scientists, study coordinators, etc., to inspire cooperation and collaboration, remove barriers to project execution, and ensure delivery against scientific and operational milestones
  • Able to work with multiple stakeholders from different backgrounds and levels of training
  • Demonstrate and promote a positive culture and exemplify the DCRI values of integrity, excellence, respect, innovation, and teamwork
  • Able to contribute across multiple product types under evaluation and sub-therapeutic areas,  showcasing a high degree of flexibility and diversified interests/expertise
  • Be driven, motivated, and dedicated to improve child health
  • Showcase excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be a strong partner to counterparts at other academic institutions and sponsors/funders to set strategic direction for research projects


  • 3+ years of direct clinical research experience, authoring and/or implementing study protocols across government and/or industry sponsored studies
  • Proven ability to package research findings into clinical study reports and manuscripts.


Experience presenting results at scientific conferences a plus



MD, PharmD, or PhD, no clinical responsibilities



  • 100% TPE = research






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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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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