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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

Lab Research Analyst I

Full-time Lab Research Analyst I sought for diverse and multi-disciplinary environmental toxicology research lab. Position requires candidate that is independent, responsible, detail-oriented, organized, an effective communicator and student mentor, and able to efficiently manage competing priorities and daily operations across multiple projects. Ideal candidate will also be able to commit to the lab for a minimum of 2 years and have a passion for innovative inquiry aimed at improving human and environmental health.

The Meyer Lab, led by PI Dr. Joel Meyer, is based at the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University and is a part of the Duke University Superfund Research Center. Our research aims to better understand the effects of environmental pollutants and stressors on health using experiments with Caenorhabditis elegans and cells in culture. We have a special interest in mitochondria, and mitochondrial and nuclear DNA damage. Collaboratively, we also study environmental health in people, other model organisms, and ecosystems.

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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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Postdoc - Tropical Forest Ecology

The Poulsen Lab at Duke University is seeking an outstanding postdoc to contribute to a NSF-funded project. The goal of the project is to test the hypothesis that depletion of megafauna, specifically African forest elephants, in tropical forests has cascading effects on remaining fauna and flora, destabilizing forest dynamics. The research objectives are to: (1) assess the relationship among trees and the organisms with which they interact over plant life stages, including fungi, insects, and terrestrial mammals; (2) quantify the degree to which defaunation alters these plant-animal interactions and tree recruitment; and (3) generate individual based models to simulate population dynamics of elephant-dispersed tree species to compare extinction probability in simulated populations with and without elephants.

The position will consist of setting up large-scale experiments and data collection in the field Central Africa and analyzing data and writing scientific publications. Approximately one-half of the position will involve working in French-speaking Africa. One-half of the position will consist of data analysis and writing of high impact manuscripts from existing and new datasets. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

As such, we are looking for candidates with good field skills, strong quantitative, programming, and modeling skills, and a demonstrated ability to write and publish. A basic knowledge of French is helpful, but not necessary.

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Postdoc - Quantitative Biodiversity Ecologist

Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment is seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in quantitative modeling of biodiversity and remote sensing. This position will analyze spatio-temporal dynamics of canopy condition, tree mast production, and consumer responses across the continental US. The associate will advance generative joint-attribute Bayesian modeling of these community responses to climate change that incorporates canopy condition and stress from a range of remotely-sensed products, together with inventories of multiple species groups from network data. The researcher will be responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and support of inputs to the central modeling and data visualization portal. 

The candidate must have experience with the R programming language and a background in geospatial and remote sensing analysis.

The candidate should be capable of working independently and collaboratively. The researcher will be expected to prepare results for peer reviewed journals.

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR – Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) Center

Serve as a central point of contact for the new Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) Center supported by funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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Staff Positions

Research Administration Specialist

Provide support to customers by facilitating pre- and post-award processes for both the departments and the central areas. Perform basic reconciliation of assigned project budgets, prepare basic budget reports for review by PI and supervisors, and prepare adjustments and corrections in assigned project budgets for further review and approval in order to meet project goals and federal requirements. May process invoices and provide Principal Investigator(s) with daily monitoring of grants and contracts to ensure expenses are being paid according to grants and contract(s) protocols.

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Grants & Contracts Admin

This position is responsible for managing an assigned portfolio of complex grants and contracts using knowledge of grant and contract management rules and regulations, technical expertise, and analytical skills.

Pre-award activities include assisting departmental faculty/PI in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals. Ensure all applications meet agency and university guidelines and published time tables and deadlines. Ensure proposals are entered and routed in a timely manner for further review.

Post-award activities include detailed reconciliation of assigned project budgets, preparing complex budget reports, preparing adjustments and corrections in assigned project budgets for further review and approval in order to meet project goals and federal requirements. 

The position will perform other financial and/or budgeting analytical work with faculty or supervisor for cross training and backup as needed.

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Associate Director, Leadership Giving

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Development & Alumni Affairs, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward leadership, major and planned gifts for the Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE). The Associate Director will work closely with the Associate Dean and department team to develop funding strategies and gift opportunities to meet fundraising goals from the current prospect pool and new constituencies. 

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Program Coordinator

The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) consists of on-campus Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Forestry (MF), and the Duke Environmental Leadership MEM degree programs. The Student Services Office supports all day-to-day operations, including career and enrollment services, for 350 professional students, administrative support for undergraduate majors and minors and doctoral students, and visiting exec ed students.

The Program Administrator for Distance Learning & Professional Programs will serve as the program coordinator in the Student Administration team. The position reports to the Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration & Advising, and works closely with the DEL-MEM Faculty Director. This position serves as the lead coordinator and implementer for the DEL-MEM program, providing support and coordination to faculty and online mid-career master’s students, who pursue their degree while continuing to work. Students participate in evening online courses and participate in 5 on-campus sessions. This position also supports the registrar with key administrative responsibilities.

This is a full-time, exempt position, requiring Monday through Friday work schedule on Duke’s Durham, NC campus. Must be able to work periodic early morning, evening, and weekend hours in support of place-based sessions and NSOE activities.

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Marine Lab Positions

Mate/Marine Technician  

Position serves as the full-time Mate/Marine Technician of the new 77’ aluminum catamaran oceanographic research vessel, RV Shearwater, operated by Duke University and located at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC. 

Reporting to the Captain of the RV Shearwater, this position will be acting as crew, assisting the Captain with vessel operations and maintenance. This position will also be acting as marine technician, overseeing the operation and maintenance of shipboard scientific research equipment. Seagoing and shore efforts will be split between frequent cruises. Some work on weekends and holidays will be required. 

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