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Faculty Positions

Tenure-Track faculty – 2 positions

The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) at Duke University seeks to hire two tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor level whose research will build on the School’s core research and educational strengths to address key environmental challenges of the 21st century. We invite applicants specializing in any of the following areas:

  • Near-surface geology and geophysics with linkages to Earth resources, such as energy, minerals, water, and soils, or to geohazards.
  • Large- and regional-scale physical oceanography or ocean-atmospheric interactions, with relevance to past, current, and/or future climate.
  • Restoration ecology, developing natural solutions for increasing resilience across multiple systems or at landscapes scales in the face of ongoing environmental changes.
  • Environmental health, broadly defined to include toxicology, environmental exposures and health effects, ecological-human health connections and environmental justice issues.

NSOE is a vibrant interdisciplinary community with faculty who conduct both basic and applied research in the physical, biological and social sciences. We anticipate that the successful candidates will be based in Durham, NC, but encourage them to collaborate with faculty from across the Nicholas School, both on main campus and at the Duke Marine Lab campus in Beaufort, NC.

These candidates are expected to develop an externally funded and nationally recognized research program, teach and mentor undergraduate, professional and graduate students, and engage in service within NSOE, the University, and in the broader scientific community. The successful candidates are also expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, respect and excellence.

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Research Positions

Postdoc or Research Scientist - Environmental Impacts Assessment

Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment in Durham, North Carolina, is seeking a postdoctoral associate or Research Scientist with experience in quantitative modeling of air quality, climate change, and/or the energy system. The position will be supervised by Dr. Drew Shindell. The researcher will advance efforts to more fully incorporate climate, agriculture and public health responses into analyses of emissions mitigation options and decision-support tools. This will include their effects on the economy, especially in the US.

The candidate must have a PhD in a related field, be fluent in computer programming, preferably python, and have extensive experience in both numerical modeling and writing papers for peer-reviewed journals. The candidate should be capable of working both independently and collaboratively and have an excellent command of English. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals. Travel to domestic conferences on an annual basis. Potential collaboration with US EPA researchers in nearby Research Triangle Park.

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Staff Positions

STAFF Specialist

This position serves as the staff assistant to the marketing & communications team, performing administrative duties of a complex and confidential nature related to departmental activities and strategy. This position must handle a variety of administrative and budgetary responsibilities in support of efficient organizational operations, and must work simultaneously with other departments, interact professionally with students, faculty and administrators, and function successfully as part of the marketing & communications team. 

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Marine Lab Positions

Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar 

The Division of Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment seeks an early-career scholar who has completed a higher degree and who wishes to undertake self-directed study and participate in faculty activities, or a scholar at any level interested in a creative interlude.

We encourage applicants from across the spectrum of Marine Science and Conservation. Originality and collegiality—rather than any specific research area—are our primary criteria in selecting our McCurdy Scholars. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Marine Laboratory and to engage with members of the resident faculty.  

Support is available for salary, travel and research for a 9-month (or longer) appointment beginning late-summer/fall 2020. 

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Location: Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC

The Duke University Marine Lab is seeking a Research Administration Specialist to work full-time in Beaufort, N.C. This position provides support to customers in the administration of grants and tracking of financial activities. All phases of research administration are involved - including proposal preparation; award set-up in university systems; monitoring of project activities; and reporting. Processing financial transactions is a key responsibility of the position. Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of an Associate's degree program. 

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