UNC Department of Public Safety Post-Doctoral Trainee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Position Summary

The University is seeking postdoctoral trainees to undertake research training at the School of Nursing, with an emphasis on designing, testing and implementing complex theory-based interventions for the prevention and management of chronic illness. The length of the training is 2 years. The initial appointment will be for 1 year. Re-appointment is contingent on productivity (e.g., submitted papers, abstracts, applications for funding) and progress towards training goals during year 1. Trainees will work with their mentor to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that will be used to guide their training and to evaluate their progress. Trainees will participate in two required T32-specific courses (N957: From theory to intervention and implementation, N958: Designing theory-based intervention studies) and are strongly encouraged to participate in HPM767: Disseminating evidence & innovation in cancer care. Other academic coursework will be kept to a minimum and relate directly to the trainees’ training goals and postdoctoral research. Trainees will have mentored research experiences with SON and interdisciplinary faculty and attend weekly research seminars. The NINR (funding agency) views research training as a full-time obligation. Thus trainees supported by T32NR007091 may work no more than 10 hours per week for pay outside of the T32. Trainees receive a monthly stipend (set by the funding agency based on years post PhD), tuition assistance, and support for professional travel and research-related expenses. Trainees may elect graduate health insurance, which will be paid by the T32.

Educational Requirements

Applicants must be registered nurses (RN) with a research doctorate (PhD) in nursing or a related field. Please note: the PhD degree must be awarded prior to appointment to the research training grant.

Qualifications and Experience

Successful candidates will have demonstrated previous course work and research experiences related to using theory and research methods to study health-related problems and outcomes among individuals, families, communities or populations at risk for/living with illnesses such as: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, and neurological disorders at the individual, family, community or population level.

Special Instructions

  • The research statement should be uploaded to People Admin under “Research Statement”. The statement should provide a brief written proposal that describes: your previous research experience, research goals and a brief plan (5-10 double-spaced pages including: purpose, supporting literature, significance, innovation, design and methods, and literature cited) for a research project that you will carry out during the postdoctoral training. The proposed research must be: related to the postdoctoral mentor’s ongoing research, developed in collaboration with that mentor, and feasible to conduct in about one year.

  • The training plan statement should be uploaded to People Admin under “Other Document” and describe how you, your research goals and your proposed research, fit with the mentor’s research and specific activities (e.g., courses, active engagement in UNC Research Centers, work on your mentor’s research, etc.) that will comprise your research training plan.

  • The letter from potential mentor should be addressed to the search committee and emailed as a .pdf attachment to Sheila Santacroce (sheila.santacroce@unc.edu) with “T32 Postdoc Mentor Letter” in the subject field. The letter should discuss the training plan, an evaluation of your potential, and documentation of mentor’s availability and the resources that s/he can offer to you.

  • Please email three writing samples to sheila.santacroce@unc.edu with “T32 Postdoc Writing Samples” in the subject field. Two of these samples should be recent scholarly papers that you have authored

  • Please provide the contact information for 3 references. One of these letters must be from your dissertation chair. The other two should be from people who are researchers and are familiar with you, your research and potential as a scientist. Please ask your referees to address their letter to the search committee.

  • Transcripts should be official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate programs you have attended and should be sent directly to Sheila Santacroce (sheila.santacroce@unc.edu) or Sheila Santacroce, Carrington Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, CB #7460, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460 Applicants will be reviewed for academic qualifications, relevance and quality of previous research and publications, match with the proposed research mentor(s), match with the T32 goals and focus, quality and feasibility of the training plan and research proposal, potential for a productive research career and future funding, and strength of references. Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis.

Special Physical and Mental Requirements

Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919) 966-3576 or send an email to equalopportunity@unc.edu.

Please note: The Equal Employment Opportunity office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Position Title: Post-Doctoral Trainee

Vacancy ID: PDS001786

Department: Sch of Nursing - 440100

Position Type: Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range: Dependent upon Qualifications

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

FTE: 1

Estimated Duration of Appointment: 12 Months

Posting Open Date: 08/28/2017

Posting Close Date: 08/27/2018

Open Until Filled: No

Work Location: Chapel Hill, NC. Trainees must be physically present on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and engaged in research training at least 4 days per week during the training period.

Department Contact Name and Title: Sheila Santacroce, PhD

Department Contact Telephone or Email: sheila.santacroce@unc.edu