Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Duke University School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is accepting applications for postdoctoral fellows to begin summer of 2019.  The fellowship is for two years, and fellows must obtain other funding for 50 percent of their position during the second year of the program by teaching in the School or by grants that are submitted and funded during their first year. 

The program aims are to:

  • Expand the cadre of nurse scientists with the advanced training necessary to build the science of trajectories of chronic illness, promotion of health in vulnerable populations, integration of genomics into care and treatment approaches and improvement of care systems via testing of clinical innovation models.

  • Deepen methodological expertise.

  • Extend interdisciplinary research linkages and collaborations across both Duke Health and Duke University to support postdoctoral training. 

  • Increase ability to disseminate their research and secure funding for their research by working with experienced tenure track faculty investigators.

Study with experienced nurse investigators conducting research in several areas of focus:

  • Precision Health – Evidence-based customized approach to health that incorporates genomics, environment and lifestyle. Offers opportunities for implementation of genomics and other precision health tools in multiple areas of health care to improve patient and population-level outcomes.

  • Clinical Innovation – Advancing approaches using ideas, processes, products, procedures or interventions and health system changes to benefit the health of individuals, groups and populations. Study in clinical innovation focuses on patient-centered care and simulation, mHealth, eHealth, wearable technology, robotics and other emerging technologies.

  • Population Health – Improving health outcomes of a group of individuals, families and/or communities, reducing health disparities within groups with chronic illness, co-morbidity and mortality, including racial and ethnic minority, LGBT and rural residents.

This program pairs a postdoctoral fellow with an experienced faculty mentor who has active (or within the last two years) national research funding, shares a research interest and is able to supervise the fellow's research training. In addition to conducting supervised research, postdoctoral training will involve auditing advanced coursework in the School and active participation in a Duke interdisciplinary center related to the fellow's research area. Successful candidates must identify and work with a School of Nursing mentor. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.

See a current list of externally funded School of Nursing research projects. Individuals who are principal investigators on these projects or co-investigators with prior PI experience on nationally funded research projects and who are currently regular rank, associate or full professors may be available as mentors for a postdoctoral fellow. View our faculty directory for more information.

Duke University School of Nursing is accepting applications for this program of research until March 15, 2019. To request or submit application materials and for more information about possible mentors, potential fellows should contact:

Duke University School of Nursing
307 Trent Drive
Box 3322 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710

Please contact Leslie Barnhouse with your questions:

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