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Updated 11/15/2022

Administrative Coordinator 3392
We are seeking an Administrative Coordinator for the Combined Neurosurgery/Orthopedic Spine division will act as the coordinator of services between the two areas. This role will support the Combined Spine Division Chief and work closely with the administration and leadership of the Neurosurgery and Orthopedics departments. Assist with the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, compilation of data and preparation of reports reflecting progress toward department goals, and coordination of faculty recruitment and fellowship education.

This role will have collaborations with administrative leaders in Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, School of Medicine, and Duke University Health System. Provide support for the Division Administrator/Administrative Manager to execute financial operation, programmatic and curricular procedures, recruitment, tracking, provide faculty support for overall Spine initiatives and programs and facility planning. Assume financial responsibility for the division chief travel, reimbursement and legal expenses, planning and operations. Partner with the division chief and division administrator to create Spine fellowship policies, expenses monitoring and reimbursement as well as supporting direct Spine onboarding activities.

Partner with division administrator to supervise administrative assistants following department policies and procedures as delegated by administrator. Serve as back up coverage for some activities in the absence of the division administrator. Primary hours will be Monday through Friday, day shift, with onsite responsibilities.  This position is posted with the PDC, but internal candidates to Duke will retain their benefits.

Research Tech II 212344
Brain Tumor Center

We are seeking a research technician for a lab in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center in the Department of Neurosurgery. This position works with a highly collaborative team of researchers and clinicians to study the immune system and the impact of immunotherapy treatment in both adult and pediatric brain cancer. The lab focuses on translating novel therapies into the clinic, and re-purposing existing therapies for the treatment of brain cancer. This involves collecting tumor tissue taken at the time of surgery, processing it for analysis and measuring biomarkers of immune response.

The ideal candidate will have: a Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Must be familiar with Microsoft software (Excel, Work, PowerPoint). Must be detail-oriented, well organized, and have strong communication skills. A background working within a clinical team (nurses, doctors, etc) is a plus.

Research Scholar 213911
The Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program

Our program has a singular, all-encompassing goal: to develop novel, safe, and effective immune-based therapies for patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors. Our preclinical and clinical projects are spearheaded by an outstanding complement of graduate students, medical students, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior and senior scientists assembled under the umbrella of the Brain Tumor Center.

Immunotherapeutic approaches include dendritic cell vaccines, peptide vaccines, protein vaccines, biologics such as antibodies, bispecific antibodies, oncolytic viruses, recombinant chemokines/cytokines T cell based and other cellular therapies. These immunotherapeutic strategies are to be evaluated in immunocompetent and immunocompromised preclinical models. The research associate will have access to all laboratory equipment and supplies necessary within the  Brain Tumor Center. As needed, the research associate may be asked to assist the team with other studies as well.

This position will involve basic and translational research focused on glioma and microenvironment cell state and immune interactions and how these change during glioma evolution, how this interfaces with response and resistance to immunotherapy We have a hybrid dry and wet lab allowing us to generate and analyze data from emerging technologies including single cell genomics/proteomics to better answer our biologically-driven questions. Candidates will be encouraged to pursue studies on glioma and glioma microenvironment, or to shape their own projects using the trial and omics and the datasets and tools that are available to the lab. Postdoctoral associates have the opportunity to leverage the large convergence of glioma datasets from international collaborations and from large clinical trials using an extremely sophisticated computational and technological infrastructure. We have a broad collaborative network, both institutionally as well as externally.

Our institution is well equipped with cutting edge technology. Combined, we offer a supportive environment that is highly conducive to effectively working towards a great future.

If you are a PhD-level or MD-level scientist with first-author publications and an interest in cancer genomics, we strongly encourage you to apply. We look for candidates with computational expertise and preferable previous work in cancer.