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.
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:
Substantive Areas of Postdoctoral Training
- 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.Learn More About Living in Rochester