Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy

Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 10/03/2022

Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy

Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

The application deadline is December 2, 2022, with a program start date of August 1, 2023.

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University (Duke-Margolis) seeks to address critical health policy challenges and improve health, health equity, and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke-Margolis brings together policy experts, researchers, health care professionals, and students from across Duke’s schools of medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, and engineering, and fosters extensive relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. These relationships span foundations, private sector organizations, state and federal governments, and global entities. The Center fosters excellence, leadership, and scholarship at every level.

Duke-Margolis has offices in both Washington, DC and on Duke's main campus in Durham, NC. The worksite for this position is anticipated to be Durham, NC, though candidates would be considered in either location. Some travel between offices is required. 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. 


Job Description

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University (Duke-Margolis) is recruiting multiple candidates for the Postdoctoral Associates Program in Health Policy. This prestigious opportunity is ideal for graduates (PhD, MD, PharmD, other relevant equivalent) that have graduated within the last 0-5 years and demonstrate a strong interest in, and commitment to, a career in health policy. The ideal candidates will have a foundational level of health policy academic and/or professional experience, which the program will supplement with additional hands-on training and mentorship.


The Postdoctoral Associates will:

  • Conduct original policy research to inform evidence-based solutions to health and health care issues;
  • Apply knowledge from academic and professional experiences to real-world health policy problems;
  • Interact with leading experts in health care policy and practice;
  • Work within Duke-Margolis under the guidance of research and faculty mentors;and
  • Develop leadership capabilities for health policy-related professional roles.



  • 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.
  • Publication of results of 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.

The anticipated term is two years, with funding after the first year renewable based upon successful performance and continued funding availability. Visa sponsorships are unavailable.


Education/Experience Requirements:

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.


To Apply

Interested individuals must apply through Academic Jobs Online. Application materials must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references (names and email addresses). In the cover letter, applicants should summarize your formal training and research expertise in health policy, as well as your general program management and grant writing experience; indicate in which focus area you would like to work at the Center (Biomedical Innovation, Health Care Transformation, Global Health Policy, Health Equity, Health Economics); describe (based on the Margolis focus areas), which topic(s) align with your background and interests; and specify if you have a preference between the DC and Durham locations or are open to either. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Doctoral degree must be in hand by May 2023.


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.

Employment Type
Full time
Education | Healthcare & Public Health

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