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Duke Clinical Research Institute Overview

Durham, NC
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Research & Development
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
As the world’s largest academic research organization and part of the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) is known globally for conducting groundbreaking multinational trials, managing major national patient registries, and ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research.

Duke Clinical Research Institute – Why Work For Us?

From innovative study design and insightful analytics to proactive knowledge sharing, the DCRI is always discovering what’s next in clinical research to improve patient outcomes. Our faculty, who are practicing physicians, together with our experienced and knowledgeable operations teams, design and implement innovative clinical trials grounded in the realities of patient care. We expand the impact of clinical research beyond regulatory approval by designing trials that advance our fundamental understanding of health and disease and inform efforts to improve the quality of care. Our experience stretches from phase I to phase IV and beyond, encompassing post-approval analyses and health economics.

Our 2016-2017 annual report provides a deeper look into DCRI’s work over the past year.

Although best known for our pioneering research in cardiology, we lead groundbreaking clinical trials and studies in the areas of gastroenterology, infectious diseases, pediatrics, musculoskeletal, neurosciences, perioperative, and respiratory medicine. The breadth of our work is matched by the depth of our knowledge, which we disseminate through high-impact publications and global meetings. DCRI faculty and staff have authored more than 10,000 peer-reviewed publications and been cited in more than 400,000 scientific articles over the course of 20 years.

At the heart of our culture are our core values—integrity, excellence, respect, innovation, and teamwork—that help us define what it means to be successful, both as individuals and an organization. At the DCRI, we believe:

  • Curiosity and creativity promote innovation.
  • Innovation drives our mission.
  • Candor and collaboration promote respect and transparency in the workplace.
  • Teamwork fosters a community of excellence.
  • Embracing change ensures sustained success.

Located in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, the DCRI is surrounded by premier educational and medical institutions, award-winning restaurants, outstanding performing arts and entertainment, and a myriad of recreational activities. This growing community is frequently featured among the top “best places to live” lists.

Duke offers a robust array of medical and dental benefits and retirement plans, as well as a range of unique family-friendly and cultural benefits, to attract, support, and reward the skilled employees who help Duke remain a leading education, research, and healthcare institution.

Other benefits include:

  • Uniquely generous employer-provided retirement contribution
  • Tuition assistance, professional development, and continuing education
  • Flexible work environment that supports optimal work-life integration, diversity and inclusion, community involvement, and wellness
  • Robust employee-discount program

If you seek to be part of an organization that enables meaningful work where innovation thrives, fosters a community of excellence, and encourages professional development, we want to hear from you.

As the world’s largest academic clinical research organization, the DCRI offers many unique career opportunities in clinical operations, project leadership, biostatistics, data management, quality assurance, informatics, IT, and more.

Tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs are being developed and evaluated today at the DCRI, and we’d like you to be a part of that! For more information and to apply for open positions, please visit

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Duke Clinical Research Institute (Durham, NC).


    Go through the resume and ask some questions related to your previous projects; Introduce the their team and some ongoing projects; Ask some statistical questions (such as methods dealing with categorical data) and also check your background with health data; Finally ask if you have any questions for them

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