Senior Policy Associate, Science & Society

29 Jul, 2020


Senior Policy Associate, Science & Society

Duke University
Durham, NC

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.



Senior Policy Associate

Duke Initiative for Science & Society


Advances in science and technology are transforming our lives. With this transformation come challenging policy issues that are on the front page of the news media and discussed by policymakers around the world. The Duke Center on Science & Technology Policy (a center within Duke Science & Society) brings together policymakers, academics, non-profits, and industry to explore these policy challenges and translate them into innovative policy solutions.


Occupational Summary


The successful candidate will lead policy initiatives for Duke Center on Science & Technology Policy on issues ranging from political advertising to antitrust to emerging technologies.


Work Performed

  • Lead individual policy development projects on pressing topics in science and technology policy, such as antitrust, free expression, law enforcement and national security, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, health, and the future of work.
  • Develop and execute policy engagement strategy for individual policy development projects.
  • Contribute to development and execution of the strategic vision for the Center.
  • Execute Center operations and programs.
  • Contribute to communications strategy and execution.
  • Research, develop, and apply for funding opportunities.
  • Develop course offerings in science and technology policy.
  • Build relationships with the science and technology community globally, nationally, and in North Carolina.

Departmental Preferences

The successful candidate will possess knowledge and expertise in policy development in science and/or technology, management, organizational and interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated track record in fundraising is preferred.


Minimum Qualifications




Master’s degree in science, engineering, law,policy, or a field directly related to the position. PhD or JD preferred.




Five years of progressive experience in policy research and analysis at the international, federal, regional and/or state level. A degree higher than a master’s degree or significant technical expertise may substitute for two years of experience.


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


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


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Job posted: 2020-07-29