Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

One, Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions Available for PhD-Prepared Nurses

In addition to a fast-track postdoc-to-tenure-track job opportunity for selected highly competitive scholars, one and two year postdoctoral fellowship positions are available to PhD-prepared nurses to be trained under the mentorship of School of Nursing funded scientists and their collaborators.

The goal of the program is to prepare fellows to develop a record of scholarship and the skills needed for success in a tenure-track position in a research-intensive university.

Individual development plans may include coursework, grantsmanship training, and other activities in addition to expected scholarly publications and contributions to mentors’ ongoing, funded research. Funding is made possible by friends and alumni of the School of Nursing and faculty awards. 

Please contact the faculty member with whom you wish to work, or if you have questions about preferred qualifications or availability in a specific area of study, contact Harriet_Kitzman@urmc.rochester.edu.

 

  • Attract promising postdoctoral candidates in areas where faculty members have expertise
  • Provide trainees with experiences needed to develop research expertise, including hands-on learning with the mentors’ research
  • Offer programming that complements the specific scientific area training with the trainees’ senior scientist mentor(s)
  • Support trainees as they build knowledge, skills, research ethics, and portfolios required for success in a tenure track position in a research intensive university and for leadership in the field
  • PhD degree completed within past 5 years
  • Preparation as a registered nurse
  • Background and goals congruent with proposed mentor’s area of research
  • Commitment to build a program of research in an area that can be supported by the SON faculty
  • Eligible for employment within the United States with at least one degree from an English-speaking country
  • Preference will be given to those meeting NINR training appointment criteria

Explore Candidate-Mentor Match by:

  • Reviewing descriptions of faculty
  • Contacting a potential mentor or to Harriet Kitzman, who can suggest a potential mentor
  • Initiate correspondence with an email containing:
    • Description of areas of interest and why pursuing a postdoctoral experience
    • Curriculum vitae
  • Receipt of this information begins the exchange of information leading to determination of a potential candidate-mentor match.

After you have corresponded with a potential mentor and received a request to apply, register in the employment system and complete an application

  • Register on the University of Rochester HRMS
  • With your HRMS application, upload a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) including:
    • Dissertation focus (including an abstract), defense date, and committee members
    • Experiences as a research assistant/project personnel on projects with senior scientists
    • Proposed next steps in your program of research and whether you will continue to work on same topic area as your dissertation
    • What you anticipate as your first project as a postdoctoral fellow
    • What you hope to contribute to science over the course of your career as a whole
    • Reasons for your interest in the University of Rochester and its School of Nursing
    • Potential mentors at the University of Rochester with whom you have spoken and the outcomes of those discussions

Phone Interview and/or Applicant Visit and Final Acceptance

  • If your application is advanced to the next step, the Postdoctoral Committee and the mentor(s) will invite you to a phone interview or a campus visit with the mentor and mentor team. Candidate may receive up to $700 to reimburse personal expenses incurred during the visit.
  • Applicant and mentor will begin to co-develop and negotiate an individualized program.
  • A recommendation and a beginning draft of the co-developed individualized program are submitted by the mentor to the Postdoctoral Committee for a final decision
  • You are then informed regarding acceptance.

 > Related Opportunity: Postdoc to Tenure-Track Position

 

The Postdoctoral Experience

Experiences are designed to support trainees as they build knowledge, skills, and portfolios required for success in a tenure track position in a research intensive university and for leadership in the field. These experiences include:

Mentored research training. Working closely with a mentor(s), the postdoctoral fellow will initiate and co-develop a program tailored to the individual’s needs. Experiences will be designed to ensure depth in the fellow’s area of focus sufficient to be successful in publishing in high impact journals and obtaining competitive research funding. Program plans are geared toward the highest quality of training and may include relevant coursework, grantsmanship, presentation, and publication training, laboratory experience, and other activities in addition to expected scholarly publications and contributions to mentors’ ongoing research. To develop the commensurate skills, trainees will have hands-on learning with mentors while contributing to the mentors’ research and conducting preliminary studies for their own program of research.
Postdoctoral group. Fellows will become part of a postdoctoral trainee group designed to provide peer support and develop a deeper understanding of the context and life of a nurse scientist. All postdoctoral fellows and their mentors meet weekly in “Progress and Perspectives” meetings (about 60 minutes) during which each fellow and mentor discuss their activities and progress. This is followed by theme-oriented, literature-based conversations related to trends, issues, and challenges in nursing, science, careers in science, and health care.
University and community connection-participation. Fellows are encouraged to embrace the learning and social connection opportunities within the University and community, e.g., CTSI lectures and seminars, and interdisciplinary events. Fellows are connected to internal list-serves that announce meetings, rounds, seminars, and conferences likely to broaden postdoctoral experience. Activities are planned to support fellows as they hone tools to network with other interdisciplinary scholars.
 
Substantive Areas of Postdoctoral Training
Senior Science Mentors Areas of training are determined by the availability of sponsoring mentors who are senior scientists with primary appointments in the School of Nursing as well as experienced research collaborators in other disciplines. Fellows have a primary mentor, but round out their mentored training experiences with experts in substantive and methodological areas supportive to their emerging individual program of research.
Current Areas of Focus The program is designed based on the areas of focus and availability of a mentor match. Interested applicants are encouraged to explore descriptions of senior faculty and determine intersections with their own backgrounds and interests, recognizing that to be successful, the primary mentor’s work must overlap with the postdoctoral candidate’s in one or more dimension. The list of potential mentors and their areas of research follows:
  • Mary Carey: Optimizing the ECG for detection of dynamic cardiovascular conditions
  • Susan Groth: Biobehavioral mechanisms of weight gain, weight retention, and cardio-metabolic risk in women
  • Kathi Heffner: Stress resilience for symptom management and healthy aging
  • Feng Vankee Lin: Psycho-behavioral-biological mechanisms/processes associated with cognitive aging and dementia
  • James McMahon: Implementation of biobehavioral HIV prevention approaches in underserved populations
  • Sally Norton: Communication processes and practice patterns of care delivery in palliative care
  • Hyekyun Rhee: Innovative approaches to asthma self-management interventions for adolescents
  • Ying Xue: Nursing workforce, health policies, and health care delivery and outcomes

Measures of Success

As fellows complete the post-doctoral program, they are expected to have a portfolio indicating readiness to apply for a tenure track assistant professor position in a research intensive university. This includes a well-defined program of research with first-authored publications, presentations, small grant awards, and proposals in the area.

 

Why Choose the University of Rochester:

1. Rochester offers a unique opportunity to be an active participant in your mentors’ research while obtaining the training you need to become an independent scientist and tenure-track candidate at a research intensive university.

2. You will become part of a vibrant, integrated research environment where discovery and scholarly productivity are highly valued and supported.

3. Ongoing training, support, and guidance will be available through research-funded faculty mentors with specialized expertise in your area and a strong commitment to your training and success.

4. You will have access to a rich multidisciplinary climate and the many valuable intellectual resources of a research intensive university and academic medical center. The University of Rochester Medical Center garnered more than $1.18 billion in the last five years in biomedical research funding, landing the University in the top 26 percent of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding.

5. Your training will be facilitated by the Center for Research Support which provides aide for drafting research proposals, identifying funding sources, designing experiments, gathering and analyzing data, and connecting with expert collaborators across the university.

6. You will join a group of emerging scientists who share your excitement and determination along with mentors who provide timely, skilled guidance, and support.

7. Rochester is a great place to live. Rochester’s cost of living, ease of access, and family-friendly community give you personal peace of mind as you pursue your research training.

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