Cell Biology Postdoc Recruitment Symposium

Cell Biology Postdoc Recruitment Symposium


The Department of Cell Biology at Duke is thrilled to announce the second season of our postdoctoral recruitment initiative. We invite advanced graduate students interested in furthering their scientific career in cell, neuro, developmental, and regenerative biology using quantitative and integrative approaches. We especially encourage students from historically marginalized and/or underrepresented genders and communities to apply.

Invited speakers will:

  • Present their work at a one-day symposium
  • Meet with departmental faculty for postdoc opportunities
  • Network with the Duke community
  • Learn about career development prospects at Duke Cell Bio.

Invited speakers who join a lab for their postdoctoral research in the Cell Biology Department will be named Duke Cell Biology Postdoctoral Scholars.


The symposium is open to advanced graduate students getting ready to graduate and seeking postdoc opportunities in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke. Applicants should be within 1-2 years of graduating with a PhD at the time of the symposium or have obtained a PhD no earlier than May 2021 and do not currently hold a faculty position. International students interested to join Duke Cell Bio for their postdocs are welcome to apply! 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 22nd  2022.

Notification of results: All applicants will be notified of the results by October10th 2022.


Date Event
November 8th Morning: Arrival, Afternoon: One-to-one meetings
November 9th Symposium day; Lunch with trainees, Dinner with faculty
November 10th Morning: One-to-one meetings, Afternoon: Departure

Faculty hosts will be assigned based on application materials.

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Application Materials:

  1. Statement of interest, including a brief summary of up to three faculty members of interest (maximum 1 page including references, 12pt font, 1-inch margins, PDF).
  2. Research synopsis (maximum 1 page including references, 12pt font, 1-inch margins, PDF).
  3. CV (no page limit, PDF)
  4. Two letters of recommendation to be sent to cellbioseminars@duke.edu

Research Statement and Synopsis Formatting: 1 page single-spaced, 12 pt Arial font, 1-inch margins. Please do not feel obligated to reach this upper page limit.

Selection Criteria:

We are seeking graduate students who are preparing for postdoctoral opportunities. Competitive applicants will display maturity in their graduate research projects and have overlapping scientific interests with faculty in Duke Cell Biology. Preprints and publications from Ph.D. are encouraged, but not required. Apply below by submitting a single PDF file containing all applications materials.


Faculty Recruiting Postdocs:

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Akankshi Munjal:  Multi-scale feedback interactions during tissue morphogenesis

Chantell Evans: Mitochondrial quality control in neurodegeneration

Ken Poss: Signal control during regeneration

Stefano Di Talia: Quantitative approaches to embryogenesis and regeneration

Purushothama Tata: Chromatin mediated mechanisms in lung regeneration

Scott Soderling: New in vivo genome editing and proteomic approaches to dissect mechanisms of brain disorders

Blanche Capel: An In Vitro System for Induction and Specification of the Mammalian Gonad

Michel Bagnat: Cellular and Physiologic Mechanisms Controlling Morphogenesis

Munjal-Di Talia co-mentored project: Robustness and Reproducibility of Developmental Trajectories

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Get to know us:
Our department’s goal is to prepare our trainees for successful careers in academic and non-academic settings. We strive to generate an inclusive, supportive, and diverse environment that fosters creativity, collaborations and fun. Postdocs are supported through the departmental Postdoc Club and the university Postdoc Association.

Cell Biology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Cell Biology Postdoctoral Fellowships and Positions Available

Cell Biology In House Seminar Series

Cell Biology Departmental Retreat

Duke University Office of Postdoctoral Services

Duke University Postdoc Association

Previous Awardees:

  • Katharine Goodwin, Princeton University
  • Courtney Bouchet, Vollum Institute
  • Rocky Diegmiller, Princeton University
  • Clarice Hong, Washington (St. Louis)
  • Taylor Medwig-Kinney, Stony Brook
  • Shayan Shami Pour, IST, Austria
  • Sherzod Tokamov, University of Chicago