Post-doctoral fellows in global health - Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan China (General)

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Duke Kunshan University

Kunshan, China (General) 215300


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The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and Duke Kunshan University (DKU) seek to hire two full-time postdoctoral fellows to work at an innovative Global Health Research Center established by DKU in Kunshan, China. The DKU Global Health Research Center is a new interdisciplinary program tied closely to health priorities and challenges in China and other Asian countries, and currently focuses on three research areas: health policy and systems, global environmental health (EnvH), non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). One of the postdoctoral fellow will work in the area of EnvH and the other in NCDs. The fellow is expected to undertake research applied to China and other countries under the supervision of senior faculty from DKU and DGHI, and to contribute to the MSc-Global Health education program at DKU.

Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China. The DKU campus is located 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, which is connected to Shanghai via a high-speed train. In addition to a global health and other research centers, DKU offers several graduate degrees and undergraduate programs. For more info, visit

DGHI is one of seven interdisciplinary University Institutes at Duke University in Durham, NC. Its mission is to undertake and coordinate global health education and training, research, and policy related programs involving many disciplines throughout the university, including the medical center. For more information on DGHI, please see

Reports to:

EnvH:  Professor Keith Dear, PhD, MA, MSc, Head of EnvH

NCDs: Professor Lijing L. Yan, PhD, MPH, Head of NCDs


Essential Duties:

  • EnvH:
  • Undertake research in the areas of environmental health and/or environmental policy in China and other low- and middle-income countries
  • Support faculty at DKU to supervise MSc students in Global Health
  • Support the Director of the Global Health Research Center and Head of Environmental Health Research Team at DKU to develop research proposals for funding
  • Provide other assistance required by Director of Global Health Research Center/DKU to establish the Global Health Research Center.
  • NCDs:

Under the supervision of the senior faculty and independently (listed in descending order of time allocation and priority),

  • Conduct NCD-related research projects, including but not limited to systematic review and meta-analyses, field work and project management, data analyses and manuscript writing;
  • Develop new research projects through submitting grant proposals;
  • Disseminate the results of the research in academic conferences or other venues;
  • Mentor and supervisor junior members of the team and otherwise contribute to capacity building activities;
  • Co-supervise or co-teach students in the MSc-Global Health and other DKU/DGHI programs. 


  • General:
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English, ideally also in Chinese;
    • Hardworking, fast learner, team player, and attention to detail;
    • Thrive working in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • EnvH:
  • PhD in epidemiology, public health, environmental health, environmental policy or related fields, awarded after 2009.

More information:

  • NCDs:

Candidates for the position should:

  • Have a medical degree or a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy, preventive medicine, or related fields awarded after 2009 with training in research methodology;
  • Have strong interests and experiences in NCD research, preferably on hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease;

Terms and Compensation:

  • Internationally competitive salary (annual salary of US$30,000-40,000 commensurate with experiences) and full fringe benefits package (medical insurance, pension etc.);
  • Open to both Chinese and foreign citizens;
  • Two-year contract, potentially renewable for one more year;
  • Flexible starting date; Flexible work hours.
  • Primary location: Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, China

How to apply:

Review of applications will be on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. Applications, including a statement of research interests and motivations for applying for the position, curriculum vitae, 2-3 sample publications, and three reference letters (can be submitted in the initial package or after interview), should be submitted, with the subject line of “EnvH postdoc application” to Professor Dear( or “NCD postdoc application” to Professor Yan ( or

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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