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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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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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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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Video/Multimedia Communications Specialist

The Video/Multimedia Communications Specialist is responsible for capturing and documenting events, students, faculty and alumni through video in support of the marketing and digital strategy of the Nicholas School, bringing the School to life for the promotion of our programs and research, while also supporting recruitment efforts. This position is also responsible for identifying, researching, creating and editing story ideas 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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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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