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Site Visit to Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) [apply by August 8]

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

ELITE graphicThe Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services is collaborating with NIEHS and UNC to visit local biomedical companies as part of the ELITE (Enhancing Local Industry Transitions Through Exploration) Program.  The August 2018 visit is to the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) on Tues Aug 21 from 9 am -1 pm. Light snacks and drinks provided at 9 am; informal tour and discussion 12-1 pm

About CTSI:  The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is making the research process faster and easier for investigators by breaking down the traditional barriers that keep health innovations from reaching our communities: knowledge silos, administrative burden, logistics, and a complex regulatory environment. CTSI connects investigators to funding, project management, datasets, and other critical resources to move ideas from the lab to the real world. CTSI faculty and staff experts provide guidance and specialized knowledge at all stages of the research process, linking potential collaborators, facilitating studies and clinical trials, and navigating the administrative and regulatory landscape. CTSI also helps investigators grow their careers and become outstanding translational scientists with a variety of workforce development and early career funding programs. CTSI hires PhDs as Project Managers and Project Leaders!

What will you learn?

  • Meet with PhD-trained project managers and project leaders during a discussion panel.
  • Tour the newly renovated Chesterfield Building.
  • Practice your networking skills and build academia-to-industry relationships.

APPLICATION: PhD students and postdocs may apply by emailing a 1-page cover letter to Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, by Weds Aug 8 at 12 noon. Write the cover letter as if you were applying for a job at the company (eg, why your experience and skills make you a good fit for CTSI; what makes you stand out as a candidate). Note that the cover letter will not be read by CTSI, and you are not applying for an actual job. Instead, this is an opportunity for you to practice your cover letter writing skills - applicants will be chosen based on their fit with the organization, as determined by the cover letter.

Selected attendees will be notified no later than Thurs Aug 9 at 12 noon. Those who are not selected will automatically be placed on the waitlist in case extra seats open. If selected, you must also be available to attend a mandatory, short (10-20 minute) preparation meeting at 10 am on Fri Aug 10 in room 472 Sands Bldg. Please note that transportation will not be provided to the site visit; attendees are responsible for their own transportation. Parking is limited in downtown Durham so consider taking the bus or shuttle, including the new Downtown Durham Shuttle that goes to the Chesterfield.

Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at

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The Chesterfield Building, 701 W. Main St, Durham
Map and directions

Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity