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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing

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School / Campus / College: School of Nursing

Organization: Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

Title: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington School of Nursing has a history of developing nursing scientists in the care of older adults. We are pleased to announce a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing to start January 1, 2022. The purpose of the post-doctoral position is to prepare individuals for research careers in universities. The post-doctoral fellow will be supported for one year of training with a second year of funding available based on receipt of additional funds.

Dementia affects millions of people each year. Currently in the U.S., over 5 million people are living with this disease and are cared for by 15 million family or friend care partners. This number is expected to exponentially increase over the next several years due to the growth of the aging population in the U.S. Expert dementia care is sparse – only 13,000 physicians and nurses have specialized training in this field, leaving many people living with dementia without accessible care. Many care partners report significant difficulty in managing care at home and therefore, research that both supports care partners and educates healthcare providers in comprehensive dementia care is urgently needed.

The post-doctoral fellow will join a multidisciplinary team who is exploring factors for optimizing dementia care, implementing best practices in clinical training and education, variables that can support care partners at home, interventions to enhance self-care practices and barriers to treatment among underserved and historically disadvantaged populations.

Program Aims

The post-doctoral fellow will:

  • Learn theories, methods, and skills necessary to conduct gerontological research
  • Develop research expertise through experiences with interdisciplinary teams, exposure to and immersion in ongoing research activities, and structured feedback and critique
  • Receive mentoring in the ethical conduct of research, inclusive of diverse vulnerable populations

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


  • Complete a PhD in Nursing Science degree or related field after 2019 and by the time the position starts.
  • Be eligible for U.S. employment. Updated due to newly released presidential executive order amendment to Proclamation 10014 on June 22, 2020.
  • Show evidence of a program of research that supports aging.
  • Preferred qualifications: Applicant possesses high level of experience in statistical methods.


  • Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, letters of recommendation, resume, transcript, and 1-2 pieces of sample writing (e.g. articles, grants).
  • Three letters of recommendation, Letters should address the applicants’ scholarly abilities, area for growth, and future potential in academia. Letters need to be received by the application deadline.
  • Applicant’s cover letter should include responses to the following items. Each item has a maximum of 200 words. Please include an explaination of how your research interests and expertise match with the core project of optimizing care in dementia, supporting care partners and identifying mitigating variables associated with hospitalizations.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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