Associate In Research (Deadline 8/31/22)

Job Title: Associate in Research (Computational Modeling of Autonomic Nerve Stimulation)
Employer: Duke University – Grill Lab
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Deadline: 8/31/2022
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV with GPA, and the names and contact information of three professional references here

Job Description: 

We seek a highly-motivated individual to pursue neural engineering research in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our goal is to advance bioelectronic medicines: electrical stimulation, block, and recording of peripheral autonomic nerves for disease treatment and restoration of function. We have an NIH-funded project to develop, validate, and apply computer-based models of electrical stimulation of the carotid sinus to treat heart failure; established, close collaborators at other institutions will conduct complementary imaging and electrophysiology experiments.

The successful applicant will become an expert in our ASCENT (Automated Simulations to Characterize Electrical Nerve Thresholds) pipeline for biophysical simulations of neural responses to electrical signals. They will develop new modeling methods as required by the project and will implement global optimization algorithms to design improved therapies. The applicant will also gain exposure to other projects in the lab, spanning computer-based modeling of neurons and electric fields, in vivo stimulation and recording in preclinical models, and translational clinical feasibility and physiology experiments in humans. The strong interdisciplinary and collaborative environment at Duke is ideal for our translational research efforts.


  • Hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Math or Computer Science
  • Be a proficient programmer, including in Python, with good coding habits; experience in Matlab, NEURON, COMSOL, and / or git would be an asset
  • Be familiar with neural biophysics and the fundamental principles of neural engineering
  • Have research experience
  • Have excellent informal and formal written and oral communication skills
  • Be capable of balancing independent research progress with collaboration and team work, as appropriate
  • Bring curiosity, enthusiasm, and initiative!

Duke University is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The Grill lab values all dimensions of diversity and believe that the best solutions to challenging problems will come from working with people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences