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.


Occupational Summary


The Research Scholar role includes significant independence in designing, organizing, conducting, analyzing highly specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols and procedures, from funded NIH grants. There may also be a role in designing new protocols as findings suggest in coordination with the PI. The Research scholar will summarize findings and publish results in research journals, with direction and editing from the PI. The Research Scholar will assume general responsibility for scientific operations of the laboratory, including providing supervision and guidance to lab technicians, students, and other researchers.


The specific duties include reviewing appropriate animal protocols and updating these as needed, reviewing the planned research protocols and parsing these into individual steps. New techniques may need to be learned, for example survival surgery procedures, non-survival physiological procedures, electrical recording of the nervous system, brain stimulation techniques, animal behavioral analysis (ie, Barnes maze, open field exploration), and chronic recording/stimulation analysis.


Examples of Duties:


Design and implement research protocols; design safety procedures; adapt new procedures, methods or instrumentation relative to research procedures.

Oversee media preparation, animal maintenance and equipment maintenance; quality control analysis of reagents.

Collect, prepare and analyze research data; keep a detailed notebook summarizing experiments and recording research data; maintain computer database of research data; tabulate and display data for presentation in research conferences and for manuscript preparation; use graphics and statistical software to analyze and present data.

Supervise other personnel in the laboratory to coordinate research efforts for increased efficiency; participate in training of fellows, residents, students and volunteer workers as needed.

Search pertinent scientific literature as needed.

Assist with ordering and procurement of supplies and equipment and with general maintenance of laboratory.

Evaluate existing research techniques and recommend improvements to ensure quality and productivity.

Compare actual results and expected results and suggest solutions to correct the deviations.

Learn and provide scientific and technical expertise for conducting research experiments.

Perform laboratory activities and operate laboratory equipment effectively and safely.

Handle experiment samples, chemicals and other physical agents according to safety standards.

Prepare complete documentations of research activities for reference purposes.

Analyze, interpret and document research findings for management review.

Present research results in meetings, conferences, and seminars.


Schedule regular maintenance of laboratory equipment such as vaporizers, microscopes and computers.

Analyze and resolve research problems in a timely and accurate manner.

Minimum Qualifications



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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.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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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