Assistant Director: Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)

Duke University is seeking applications for an Assistant Director of the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM).

Assistant Director: Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)

The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM, at Duke University seeks to hire an Assistant Director. Applicants should have a Masters or Ph.D. and demonstrated experience in evolutionary medicine, scientific communication, and interdisciplinary research. Evidence of successful grant writing, an innovative mindset, excellent organizational abilities, and research experience in one of TriCEM’s tracks (see below) are essential for the position. The applicant is expected to launch new initiatives that advance TriCEM’s goals in education and research, including leading efforts to secure external grant funding and run funded projects. The Assistant Director will also play a major role in TriCEM programming, including events on campus, evaluation of research proposals, and organizing the Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute (EMSI). The Assistant Director is expected to maintain TriCEM’s social media and web presence and to engage in public outreach.

The position will be available initially for one year, with expectations that it will be renewed. Pay will be commensurate with experience level. The Assistant Director will receive training and mentoring from the TriCEM Director and Associate Directors, along with opportunities for additional training and networking opportunities such as workshops, conference attendance, and evolutionary medicine-relevant research consistent with TriCEM’s mission and primary activities.

TriCEM is an incubator for interdisciplinary research that aims to improve understanding of human, animal, and plant health through the application of evolutionary and ecological principles. The center represents a collaborative effort among Duke, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, NC A&T, NC Central University, and other NC-based institutions. TriCEM initiatives are organized around four “tracks” that capture central themes in evolutionary medicine: Pathogenic and Commensal Organisms, Cancer and Evolution, Brain Sciences, and Social and Biological Determinants of Health. TriCEM also supports research in One Health, i.e., the concept that the health of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected.

The position will start as soon as possible. Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter that identifies relevant experience and interests in relation to the above description, and how this postdoctoral opportunity fits into the applicant’s longer-term career goals. The cover letter should also include the names and contact information of up to three people who can be contacted to provide letters of reference (please do not send letters in advance of requests).
To apply to this position please upload a cover letter, C.V., and contact information for 3 references at No paper applications will be accepted unless specifically solicited. Questions may be directed to Dr. Charles Nunn at

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