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Postdoctoral Associate Hilton Lab

Duke University

Job Description

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.

Post-doc position to investigate the role of non-myogenic mesenchymal cells in skeletal muscle development, disease, and regeneration. 

The Hilton lab in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Cell Biology at Duke University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position studying newly identified populations of non-myogenic mesenchymal cells and their effects on skeletal muscle development, disease, and regeneration. 


· PhD in cellular, molecular, or developmental biology. 

· Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

· Background: Skeletal muscle biology and physiology. Experience in conducting FACS, single cell analysis, and bioinformatics. 

· Skills: Experience with immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, gene expression analysis, and mouse genetic models. Excellent communication skills. 

Terms and conditions: 

· Conduct research with the goal of submitting high-quality manuscript(s). Salary is available for 3 years, renewed annually according to progress. The candidate is expected to be competitive for external funding. 

Duke University School of Medicine includes the research efforts of basic and clinical faculty members in 38 departments, centers, institutes and initiatives. Their combined efforts make Duke one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the world. Duke Department of Orthopedic Surgery places a strong emphasis on research excellence, focused on generating and implementing new knowledge to improve rehabilitation and musculoskeletal care for people throughout the world. This cutting-edge research spans from fundamental biology to population-based investigations. Many of our researchers have relationships with Duke University’s fundamental science departments and research institutes through joint or secondary appointments, facilitating links to the wealth of high-quality researchers and core facilities throughout Duke’s campus. 

To apply: 

· Please send to the PIs: 1) a cover letter highlighting research interests, goals and previous scientific contributions; 2) a CV listing education, publications, meeting presentations and any other skills of interest; 3) at least 2 reference contacts.

Minimum Qualifications

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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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