Durham, North Carolina

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Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate, Sr. – Tobacco Regulatory Science

Department: Anesthesiology


The Jordt lab in the Department of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine is seeking for a Postdoctoral Associate or Research Associate, Sr. to lead projects in the emerging field of Tobacco Regulatory Science funded by NIH/FDA. Tobacco Regulatory Science is a developing field generating research evidence to support regulatory measures and policies by the FDA targeting tobacco products. The Jordt lab has pioneered a unique approach combining expertise in sensory neurobiology, respiratory physiology, behavioral analysis, genetic models, chemistry and toxicology to examine the effects of flavor additives in electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products on nicotine use initiation and health.

Current projects focus on the effects of flavor chemicals on peripheral sensory neurons involved in sensing irritation, heating and cooling, the role of ion channels and receptors as targets and mediators of sensory effects, and the toxicological effects of flavor chemicals in the respiratory system. Depending on projects and preferences, methods will include fluorescent imaging, electrophysiology, pharmacological studies of irritant and thermosensory receptors, video- and machine-learning supported behavioral studies in mice, analysis of ventilatory physiology, pulmonary inflammation, toxicological studies on stem-cell derived pulmonary organoids, primary and permanent cell lines and receptor-deficient mouse strains.

As part of one of one of NIDA/FDA’s Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) the Jordt lab provides a) strong mentoring and career resources in tobacco regulatory science, b) opportunities to network with scientists at the FDA and NIH at Tobacco Regulatory Science meetings and c) opportunity to apply for pilot funding, d) strong collaborations with scientists at other TCORS sites.


A Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Toxicology or related fields. Familiarity with one or more of the above approaches and techniques is a plus. Enthusiasm to contribute to research with direct impact on regulation.

Min Degree Requirements:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.).
Other Credential/Experiential Requirements:  The appointee must have greater than 5 years of postdoctoral training



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Durham, North Carolina

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