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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.

Grant/sponsor funded [50% or more external]

The Liu laboratory in the Department of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and Neurology is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to lead projects in the fields of aging-related inflammatory diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Liu lab combines unbiased genome-wide transcriptomic, epigenomic, and non-coding RNA analyses in large sample sizes of disease relevant tissues/cells from longitudinal and randomized clinical trials with in vitro and in vivo validation experiments to identify novel biomarkers for risk prediction and provide new insights into inflammatory mechanisms implicated in disease pathogenesis.

Successful candidates should have a strong knowledge in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology. Candidates must be able to work independently and have a successful track record of predoctoral funding and publications. As part of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, the Liu lab provides a) multi-site collaborations with scientists across the US, b) strong mentoring and growth in a fast-paced leading edge environment, and c) opportunities for funding and development of his/her own research program.

Min Degree Requirements:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.), preferably in the fields related to genetic epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, biostatistics, or translational science.  If the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred; the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred.

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The Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine is a world leader in research, clinical care, and education. Our cardiovascular services are led by prominent physicians who are internationally recognized for their contributions to advancing patient care, education, and research. See https://medicine.duke.edu/divisions/cardiology for more information

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.

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.

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