Duke University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Associate

Work Location: Team is based in Durham, North Carolina, but remote options may be possible. Per Duke policy, remote options are limited to North Carolina and the states or localities listed here: Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, & Washington, DC. For more information on Duke remote work policy, see this link: https://remotework.duke.edu/guidelines .

Estimated Duration of Appointment:

This will be a one-year appointment with possibility of 2-3 year extension.

Position Summary:

The post-doctoral research scholar will be supervised by Dr. Whitney Robinson, Associate Professor and Faculty Epidemiologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Scholar should have a doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services Research, or a related quantitative field. The Scholar will join an interinstitutional team that is using cutting-edge quantitative methods and concepts to investigate and address disparities in gynecologic healthcare delivery and outcomes. The ideal candidate will have training in analysis of time-varying longitudinal data as well as demonstrated interest in women’s health and healthcare or social determinants of racial/ethnic inequalities in health.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will interface with a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and interinstitutional team, including collaborators at UNC’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the University of Washington’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in addition to clinical and social science colleagues and staff at Duke. Dr. Robinson’s research group uses a reproductive justice and public health critical race praxis framework to investigate racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic inequities in gynecologic health and health care, e.g., fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, using data derived from electronic health care records (e.g., billing codes, free text) as well as and other administrative databases. The Scholar will have the opportunity to support and lead manuscripts from two main datasets comprising the Carolina Hysterectomy Cohort. One dataset is an EHR-derived study of ~2,000 hysterectomies conducted among premenopausal patients in the South in the mid-2010s. The other is a prospective cohort of about ~1,500 people receiving a hormonal IUD as gynecologic treatment and followed over time for symptom and treatment progression.

This position is a combination of self-directed research as well as collaboration with existing team research projects. The Scholar’s day-to-day work will include database management, statistical analysis, manuscript writing, and some supervision of trainees. As part of the larger research team, the Scholar will mentor trainees, including medical residents, MSCR students, and predoctoral students. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate on grant

proposal development. In addition, to further the Scholar’s own professional development, approximately 20% of time can be spent on the Post-Doctoral Research Associate’s own research and the remaining 80% will be comprised of research supporting the PIs gynecologic research portfolio. The position offers other support for professional development, including travel to professional meetings per year with encouragement to present their work, pursuing relevant skill development education that support their career, and weekly one on one mentoring with the PI to identify and strategize scholar’s career interests. The position is renewable after the first year.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to work independently, proactively communicate with other team members and collaborators, and take initiative to develop or support research projects. The ideal candidate will thrive in an interdisciplinary environment at the interface between the quantitative sciences and medicine.


Min Degree Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.).

Required Skills and Experience:

– Doctoral-level analytical skills and proficiency in SAS or R programming, especially involving longitudinal data

– Demonstrated interest in women’s health and healthcare or social determinants of racial inequalities in health

– Some track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals

– Initiative to independently spearhead new papers and projects to aid in team growth

– Excellent data management skills

– Strong problem-solving skills

– Experience with reference management systems

– Well-developed research skills including ability to execute searches using relevant search terms and algorithms and synthesize data from multiple sources

– Desire to work collaboratively amongst team members, including providing leadership to students and other project personnel

– Excellent communication skills

– Strong writing skills

Desirable Skills and Experience (Optional):

– Familiarity with health care systems data

– Experience with any of the following: analysis of multilevel nested data; missing data, content analysis, analysis of qualitative data

– Grant-writing experience

– Strong oral presentation skills

– Previous work in clinical settings

– Previous work with SQL data skills for manipulating large-scale data

– Graphic design

– Website or social media communication


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that individuals from marginalized backgrounds are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Applicants from underrepresented socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender identity and sexual orientation backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to join our team. Our team thrives on insights that our diverse members bring to the design and interpretation of our research, and we are dedicated to building an inclusive and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.


Special Instructions: For information on Duke Postdoctoral Benefits and Services please review the Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services website: https://postdoc.duke.edu/ .


Please  be ready to submit the following materials:

a) CV

b) 1-2 page Cover Letter, including the following: 1) current career stage (including expected graduation date if still in a PhD program), 2) ideal start date, 3) why you are a good fit for the position, 4) what skills and experience you have that are most salient for the position, and OPTIONAL 5) research interests related to epidemiologic studies of gynecologic or reproductive health. If applicable, please describe any interests or previous work in health care disparities and equity around issues of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, geography, or other markers of stratification.

c) List of Professional References (3), including with their titles, institutional affiliations, and how best to contact them (e.g., phone number, e-mail address)

d) OPTIONAL: Writing/Research Sample (preferably a peer-reviewed published manuscript)

About Duke University School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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.