For research assistant and post-doctoral positions, check out the opportunities page. For prospective students, see below...
We are accepting applications! Here is some unsolicited advice about graduate school in general, and a few things to think about:
1. Getting a PhD is not for everyone. In general, the PhD's I hang around with tend to be a pretty geeky crowd (which I don't think is necessarily just a reflection on me), and very passionate about their specialty. And, despite some misguided opinion, all the academics I know work more than 40 hours a week. I'm not complaining -- I love it -- just don't be fooled into thinking that you get your summers off.
2. Your selection of a graduate advisor is an important one. You want someone who can guide you, but who also is tolerable to work with. Read your potential advisor's papers and see if your interests and approaches align. Please read some of my publications to get a sense of the types of questions I ask, my philosophy, and the approach that I take towards science.
3. Your PhD work will largely define you, at least early in your career, and therefore it has to be something that interests you. The hardest and most exciting thing about science is thinking of that question that is worth pursuing. Spend some time thinking about potential research questions that excite you. We can refine ideas and approaches together, but the big idea should belong to you.
4. Grant writing is an important skill to learn and one you will need through your career. Although Duke is good about supporting PhD students, be ready to write funding proposals.
5. Your PhD should be about doing science. I expect my students to value critical interaction, to seek out a diversity of ideas and input, and to learn new skills and tools. I also expect that students will publish during their graduate career, as scientific articles are the currency by which researchers are judged.
6. If you are interested in working with me, send me ane-mail. Include information about your background and experiences, your research interests, and why you think I might be a good advisor for you.