de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

June 1, 2020

Now Open — Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing

The University of Washington School of Nursing has a history of developing nursing scientists in the care of older adults. With funding from a private donor, we are pleased to announce a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing to start in either Fall 2020 or Winter 2021.  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 satisfactory progress in the first year.

Dementia impacts more than 47 million people and this number is expected to double every 20 years.  Family members provide the majority of the care for individuals with dementia. The levels of stress and depression in family caregivers and the challenges they face are well-documented. People with dementia respond favorably to music and yet the reasons are not clear. The post-doctoral fellow will join a multidisciplinary and multisite team who is testing an innovative method using cortisol and DHEA-S to measure stress in people with dementia and family caregivers. As a member of the research team, the post-doctoral fellow will assist with data collection and analysis, write and publish scientific papers, and develop grant proposals. The post-doctoral fellow will also be supported in the development of other academic skills and the publishing of their dissertation.

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
  • Anticipated start of Fall 2020 or Winter 2021

Learn more and apply here.