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Postdoctoral Associate - biomedical Science Education, Duke University School Of Medicine

Company: Duke University
Location: Durham
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

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.

Postdoctoral Associate -Biomedical Science Education, Duke University School of Medicine

Department: Duke School of Medicine

Job Description:

The Duke University School of Medicine and Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore are collaborating to recruit one Postdoctoral Associates for a one-year fellowship. Associates will be trained in educational principles and administration in order to develop a pipeline of basic science educators for medical schools. This is an educator-focused fellowship. The ideal candidate has aspirations to pursue a career in health professions education as their primary focus, with scholarly activities in teaching, learning and assessment, as opposed to "bench" or "translational research." The Postdoctoral Associate will report to the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs. This will be a full-time, one-year position. Salary will be $53,760 - $65,292 (per NIH NRSA postdoctoral stipend according to years of experience).

Occupational Summary:

  • Observe learning events across the one-year pre-clerkship curriculum offered at the Duke/Duke-NUS Schools of Medicine.
  • Conduct independent and collaborative teaching, educational research, and administrative activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for seeking a full time academic career in health professions/biomedical sciences education. The ideal candidate has aspirations to pursue a career in health professions education as their primary focus, with scholarly activities in teaching, learning and assessment, as opposed to "bench" or "translational research." The Postdoctoral Associate will report to the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate may have the opportunity to spend 1-2 weeks at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore for review of the collaborative programs' basic science curriculum, teaching and educational research. Travel is contingent on COVID status and travel permissions for both Duke/United States and Duke-NUS/Singapore.
  • Office space will be provided in the Trent Semans Center for Health Professions Education.
  • This will be a full-time one-year position, renewable after the first year for one additional year, contingent on performance and availability.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate will receive mentoring from the Director of Duke AHEAD (Academy of Health Professions Education and Academic Development) to create a professional development plan as an educator, to identify courses/activities to build up their knowledge/skills in education, and to create an education portfolio. The Postdoctoral Associate also will have an assigned education faculty mentor from their discipline who will meet with him/her regularly to support their development as a basic science educator. With guidance from these mentors and in collaboration with the Associate Dean, the Postdoctoral Associate will complete one or more academic projects.


  • Become a member of Duke AHEAD and participate in relevant activities, workshops, and committees.
  • Design and complete one or more scholarly medical education project(s) to be submitted/disseminated externally (e.g. poster presentation or abstract at a national/international meeting; submission of a manuscript to a peer reviewed journal).
  • Attend the basic science education curriculum offerings throughout the academic year; master the integrated human biological sciences curriculum used at both schools.
  • Participate in the combined Duke/Duke NUS Basic Science Symposium to encourage communication and collaboration among the first year faculty at both schools and facilitate educational research projects and innovative curricular projects, if available. If not available, post-docs will participate in virtual sessions with Duke and Duke NUS collaborators.
  • Develop and maintain an online teaching portfolio through Duke AHEAD.
  • Attend medical education administration meetings
  • Participate in programmatic continuous quality improvement initiatives in the medical education program.
  • Participate in faculty development sessions, including training in the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion and how to mitigate racism and bias.


  • PhD or equivalent doctorate in a biomedical science field such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organ systems physiology, neurosciences, embryology, histology, immunology, or pathology. Alternative credentials such as a clinical doctorate (eg, MD, DO, DVM, DPT, PharmD) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Integrated biomedical sciences background with significant experience in two or more of the following disciplines: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, organ systems physiology, neurosciences, development biology, immunology or pathology.
  • A track record of scholarly publications (preferred), and ideally will include educational scholarship.
  • Experience as a teaching assistant or equivalent, ideally at the graduate or professional school level.
  • Personal characteristics such as conscientiousness, integrity, flexibility, adaptability, enthusiasm, team spirit, ability to take initiative, and commitment to the principles of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Applicants from communities that are historically underrepresented in the health professions are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

In addition to applying online to this REQ, please email CV; cover letter outlining research interests and qualifications; statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for 3 references to Qiana Robertson, staff specialist in the Office of Curricular Affairs at Qiana.robertson@duke.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Name:

J. Matthew Velkey, PhD, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Science Education

Contact Email: matt.velkey@duke.edu

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.

Nearest Major Market: Durham

Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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