Postdoctoral Researcher

The Pontzer Lab in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University seeks a Postdoctoral Associate for research investigating the effects of physical activity on energy expenditure, energy balance, and health outcomes during pregnancy. The ideal candidate will have experience collecting and analyzing measures of physical activity and/or energy expenditure in humans. The position will require self-direction and the ability to manage participant interactions and data collection and to work effectively with undergraduate, graduate, and other post-doctoral researchers in the in lab. Candidates must have obtained their PhD in a related field prior to the start date.
Responsibilities will include collaborating on the development of research protocols, participant interactions and scheduling, data collection and analysis, manuscript and grant preparation, IRB submissions, and the supervision of students and research assistants.

This position will provide the opportunity to interact with scientists across Duke, including world leaders in cardiometabolic health at the Duke School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute. This position has full benefits and salary will be determined based on current NIH scales. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the expectation of renewal for a third year pending positive performance.

Review of candidates will begin seven days after the job posts to Academic Jobs Online, until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023, contingent on the status of on-campus research activity.

Applicants should upload the following to Academic Jobs Online: a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, research statement, and contact information for three references. Apply online at No paper applications will be accepted, unless specifically solicited. Questions may be directed to

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