The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy is recruiting for the following positions:

Senior Research Assistant

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University has an opening for a Senior Research Assistant. The work site for this position will be the Duke-Margolis offices in Washington, DC.

This specific senior research assistant position will support Center projects with research, writing, and analysis with a focus on medical product value-based payment reform, medical product development and innovation, medical device and pharmaceutical policy, regulatory science, and the intersection of scientific and regulatory advancement with broader US health policy reforms.

Primary responsibilities include conducting background research, performing literature reviews, extensive writing for a range of deliverable types (e.g., policy briefs, white papers, blog posts), and supporting Center events and convening. This will include support for project activities through coordination, logistics management, and some administrative tasks.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Educational attainment and work experience requirements to be met by one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant work experience. OR
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (health policy, public policy, public administration, public health, health economics, etc.). Master’s degree with at least one year of related work experience is preferred.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Strong research and writing experience is required.
  • Interest in biomedical science and health policy is preferred.
  • Knowledge/experience in value-based payment reform for medical products is preferred.
  • Policy research skills, including the ability to synthesize content from a broad range of sources, is required.
  • Training or experience in the fields of health policy, public policy, public health, data science, or patient safety is preferred.
  • Administrative, project coordination, and management experience is preferred. 
  • Ability to interact with high level individuals and organizations is required.
  • Strong written communication skills and the ability to transform complicated information into easy to understand materials is required.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Description

The Duke Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate to conduct independent research activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor in preparation for a full time academic or research career. The worksite for this position will be the Duke office in Durham, NC.

Connecting the intellectual resources at Duke University with policymakers and policy analysts in the public and private sector, the Duke-Margolis Center spans academic disciplines to bring promising ideas in healthcare reform into the implementation of health policy. Duke-Margolis partners with funders and experts in healthcare policy and practice from around the world and is advised by an accomplished board of healthcare leaders representing academia, patients, policy research, payers, and providers. The Center has offices and staff on Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina and at the Duke in DC offices in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The specific research portfolio for this position will be determined based upon the interests of the Postdoctoral Associate and the needs of the Center. Topics will be drawn from the following areas of interest:

  • Healthcare Transformation: Duke-Margolis has a broad policy research portfolio at the local, state, national and global level focused on evidence-based strategies for improving the quality and value of healthcare. Focus areas include empirical analysis of healthcare policy, partnerships with states to identify best practices for public payers, improving population health, new care and payment models for advanced and complex illness, national and global thought leadership, and clinical pathway reform.
  • Biomedical Innovation: The Center’s biomedical innovation policy research focuses on real-world evidence development, assessing the value of health technologies, value-based payment design for drugs and devices, and improving the science of development and review. These include best practices for using of real-world data in regulatory and payment decisions. Duke-Margolis has established a broad consortium of stakeholders focused on developing value-based payment design for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and gene therapies. Regulatory science efforts focus on improving methods in rare disease drug development, advancing the science of patient input, informing FDA’s approach to qualifying development tools, exploring technical approaches to benefit-risk assessment, and evaluating the public health impact of post-market safety labeling changes.

The term of the position is anticipated to be two years, with funding after the first year renewable based upon performance and continued funding availability from the Duke-Margolis Center.

Work Performed


The Postdoctoral Appointee holds a PhD or equivalent relevant advanced degree. Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency. The appointment involves full-time research or scholarship, and may include teaching responsibilities.


The conscientious discharge of research or scholarship responsibilities, which may include teaching responsibilities. Conformance to standards of responsible conduct in research and good scholarly and research practice and maintenance of records of research activity.

The Postdoctoral Appointee is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Postdoctoral Appointee's research activities. Collegial conduct towards members of the research group and others; adherence to other relevant conduct policies pertaining to other schools at Duke University. Compliance with all applicable University and departmental policies and procedures.

Education/Experience Requirements

Advanced degree (PhD, MD, PharmD, other relevant equivalent). Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent verbal and written English communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with internal and external stakeholders strongly preferred.

To Apply

Interested individuals must apply through Academic Jobs Online as well as email a CV, cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references to

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.