Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Program in Health Policy

Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Program in Health Policy

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Washington, DC— Educating the next-generation of health policy professionals comes at critical juncture with the US managing a global pandemic, improving clinical trial and real-world evidence development, and growing demands for a flexible regulatory apparatus that works to continue advancing innovative medical products. In response, The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University (Duke-Margolis) is seeking 1-3 highly motivated Postdoctoral Associates to join the Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Associate Program in Health Policy. This prestigious opportunity is ideal for a recent graduate (PhD, MD, PharmD, other relevant equivalent) demonstrating a strong interest in, and commitment to, a career in health policy. We seek a balance of postdocs with focus in the following research areas: health care transformation, biomedical innovation, health equity and anti-racism policy, and digital health.

 “The ultimate hallmark of Duke-Margolis’ work is the cultivation of the nation’s next generation of health care visionaries and leaders” said Mark McClellan, director of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. "This program will help advance Duke-Margolis' twin goals of advancing critical health policy research and building a pipeline of well-trained experts able to translate scientific research into policy proposals."

To achieve this goal, the Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy will:

  • Conduct original policy research and analysis to inform evidence-based solutions to health and health care issues;
  • Apply knowledge and competencies from academic and professional experiences to real-world health policy problems;
  • Synthesize and translate complex health policy issues and solutions to different audiences;
  • Interact with leading experts in health care policy and practice, as well as policy organizations that align with research areas and postdoc career aspirations;
  • Develop leadership capabilities for health policy-related professional roles;
  • Work within Duke-Margolis under the guidance of research and faculty mentors; and
  • Contribute to the development of a Duke-Margolis Policy Postdoc Alumni Community.

The application deadline is February 22, 2022, with a program start date of July 2022. Individuals wishing to learn more about the are encouraged to visit the position posting or submit a question or comment using the form below. The work site for this opportunity will be in the Duke-Margolis office in Washington, DC or the Duke-Margolis office in Durham, NC. Employees are currently working in a hybrid capacity with a combination of teleworking locally to the area (DC/MD/VA or NC, respectively) and in-person team collaboration.

Position Description

Work Performed


The Postdoctoral Associate appointee holds an advanced degree (PhD, MD, PharmD, other relevant equivalent). 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 policy research, analysis, or scholarship responsibilities, which may include teaching and mentorship responsibilities. Conformance to standards of responsible conduct in research and good scholarly and research practice and maintenance of records of research activity.
  • The Postdoctoral Associate appointee is expected to publish the results of their research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.
  • Open and timely discussion with the mentor regarding all facets of the Postdoctoral Associate appointee's research activities. Collegial conduct towards members of the research group and others; adherence to other relevant conduct policies pertaining to Duke University. Compliance with all applicable University and departmental policies and procedures.

Education/Experience Requirements

Advanced degree (PhD, MD, PharmD, other relevant equivalent). 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. In the cover letter, applicants should indicate 1) a research area, 2) preference between the DC and Durham locations, and 3) preference between the policy track – designed to help prepare postdocs for a career within settings such as think tanks, health care agencies and companies, executive and legislative branches, and advocacy organizations; or the academic track – designed for those interested in a career in academia.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover letter, including detail described above
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three References (names and email addresses)

Please note that as part of Duke University’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, all faculty and staff are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. 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.

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