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The Web Developer position of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is responsible for creating and contributing to web applications with clean, portable, well-documented code.


The Back-End Web Developer will be responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Your primary focus will be development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by your coworkers into the application. A basic understanding of front-end technologies is therefore necessary as well.

The developer will need to collaborate with Duke stakeholders to understand their particular needs, then translate those into technical requirements and come up with the most effective and efficient solution for architecting the technology. If you’ve gotten a taste of that devops stuff and want to work in a position where you are able to further develop in this wide spectrum of cutting edge awesomeness, this job is for you. This position reports directly to the Director of Communications.


  • Experience working collaboratively using version control, specifically Git and GitLab
  • Strong command of Databases & SQL. Experience leveraging views and stored procedures. Experience in query optimization.
  • Drupal site building experience and strong familiarity with core and contributed modules
  • 2+ years web development experience with PHP and Drupal 7
  • Familiarity with Drupal development technologies such as Drush and Views
  • Strong background in PHP and JavaScript/jQuery
  • Proficient in HTML5 and CSS3
  • Experience leveraging XML, JSON, YAML, and CSV to exchange data asynchronously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to switch contexts continuously, without loosing track or going bananas. However, you will be allowed to go for a banana if the mood strikes you.
  • Capacity to remain composed under pressure
  • Ability to design with the end-user in mind and can gather client requirements easily
  • Adeptness to work both independently and collaboratively with a team
  • A sense of humor

The following skills/experiences are not required though reflect favorably on the applicant:

  • Knowledge of Drupal 8
  • Knowledge of Symfony
  • Knowledge of Ansible
  • Familiarity writing custom or contributing to Drupal modules
  • Experience coding in an OOP fashion
  • Understanding of Drupal 7 theming
  • Proficiency with sites using responsive design / Bootstrap


Work requires a bachelor's degree preferably in information science, computer science, or a computer-related field.


Position requires 2 years or more PHP programming, Drupal development, and database administration experience or combination.


Please send resumes to: Courtney Orning



Associate in Research (half-time) for applied evaluation research project with NC-based youth music program.


This project aims to better understand the effects of orchestral training programming for low-income youth participants. The project is based in Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). It is in partnership with Kidznotes, a North Carolina-based orchestral program that uses the Venezuelan El Sistema model to alter the life trajectory of historically underprivileged youth. Using a randomized control design, the study will evaluate the effects of Kidznotes programming on youth social-emotional development and executive function, both of which are associated with longer-term academic success. To this end, the study will implement original data collection with Kidznotes’ youngest participants – kindergarteners and first graders – and their teachers. In addition, evaluators will work with program leadership to integrate aspects of this evaluation into regular program processes in order to enhance evaluation capacity and sustainability. This project involves collaboration with Durham Public Schools (NC) and the Wake County Public School System (NC).


The Associate in Research will operate under the supervision of the PI and work closely with the Project Manager. Over the course of the project, the Associate in Research will play a central role in instrument development, data collection at school sites, data management, data analysis, documentation, and writing of procedures and methods. Based upon interest and tenure of involvement, the Associate in Research could also be involved in conference presentation and/or publication. In 2017-18, the Associate in Research will focus on the development and piloting of data collection instruments in social emotional development and executive function for youth participants. We would structure this position as a Post-doctoral Associate for the right candidate, if it is possible to collaborate with another Duke unit to bring the position up to full-time (Duke post-doctoral appointments cannot be half-time).


  • Begins Sept 1, 2017; 1 year position with possibility for renewal (position/project is funded through August 2021, 4 years total)
  • 50% time (20 hrs/wk; could be 19 hrs/wk if needed, e.g. for doctoral candidate)
  • Housed within Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute
  • Position/project funded by an award from the Brady Education Foundation


We are seeking a PhD or other appropriately qualified candidate (e.g., MA with relevant experience, advanced doctoral student). The ideal candidate will have training in the social sciences, especially psychology, and strong organizational skills. We are especially interested in those with experience in performance activity-based data collection, experience in data collection with children, experience in research on social-emotional learning and/or executive function, and/or interested in applied evaluation research. We prefer candidates who may stay with the project across multiple years, though this is not required.

If you are interested in this position, please contact jessica.sperling@duke.edu (PI) and megan.gray@duke.edu (Project Manager) with a statement of interest and CV/resume.


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