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Open-Rank Tenure Line Genomics Co-hire faculty – Penn State University Park

Understanding the application of precision health to support personalized care that aims to prevent and manage health conditions while incorporating the patient’s perspective is a key opportunity for nurses. As […]

Open-Rank Tenure Line Genomics Co-hire faculty – Penn State University Park
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Understanding the application of precision health to support personalized care that aims to prevent and manage health conditions while incorporating the patient’s perspective is a key opportunity for nurses. As a result, the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is pleased to announce an open-rank tenure line faculty position.

Faculty Position:

With a focus on exploring the role of genomics while applying emerging science and technology in nursing, you will enjoy the benefit of being a member of the Penn State’s R1 research community. Appointed as a co-funded hire, you will engage with the diverse research portfolio and expertise in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and the Nese College of Nursing. Further, being a leader in genomics research and education throughout the University, you will help integrate genomics into the teaching and research programs of all our academic units while also contributing to the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s mission.

An integral member of the research faculty in the Nese College of Nursing, you will be expected to direct a research program focused on genomics, encompassing the ethical, legal, social, or political implications of genetics and genomics in precision health. In addition to accelerating strong collaborative interdisciplinary research, you will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses and direct dissertations. Also charged with engaging in outreach, you will work to disseminate research on genomics to a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nurses, and other practitioners at national, regional, and local conferences and meetings.

You will need the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

Faculty candidate:

To be successful in your pursuit of this opportunity, you should be a leader and researcher with the ability to demonstrate your impact on policy and/or practice. Additionally, you should have a strong publication record and a track record of securing external funding. A nursing license is strongly preferred.

Further, you are an ideal addition to our faculty if you have an interest in and commitment to becoming an integral member of the interdisciplinary scholarly community responsible for contributing to the University’s initiative on Health Ethics, Ecology, and Policy.

Truly founded in collaboration, you would be a good fit for this role and culture if you are experienced in fostering collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines and units across the college. Finally, we seek a colleague who will pursue a program of externally funded research that is published in highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals within the fields of nursing, genomics, and health services research.

The Huck Institute of the Life Sciences:

The Huck Institute of the Life Sciences is recognized nationally and internationally for promoting excellence in research and graduate training in the life sciences and its leadership in integrating life sciences across academic fields. The goal of this co-funded appointment is to expand our faculty’s expertise and to provide national and international academic leadership in genomics.

Best envisioned as a web, the Huck Institute serves as the University’s catalyst to developing deep collaboration across disciplines to generate new and profoundly integrative approaches to life sciences research.

Huck Institutes provide a rich environment in which faculty, research professors, postdocs and graduate/undergraduate students regularly interact and conduct collaborative studies. Affiliated faculty have access to the Huck Institutes’ state-of-the-art core facilities and the opportunity to work closely with colleagues from the 33 Huck Institutes’ cross-cutting centers and institutes (e.g., the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (, and the Center for Medical Genomics (

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing:

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing is one of the most comprehensive colleges of nursing in any public university in the country. With over $17 million in research expenditures since the college’s inception in 2013, the college has been awarded over $8 million for gerontology research, over $4 million for the development of a sexual assault forensic examination telehealth center (SAFE-T Center), and approximately $1.5 million to support clinical and translational science. Recently, named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing in recognition for the college’s commitment to the investment in its faculty, Penn State Nursing is poised to support you throughout your time on its faculty and beyond.

With over 2,100 undergraduate students and approximately 200 graduate students, our footprint is world-wide with our faculty creating immeasurable experiences for our students around the globe. We offer four undergraduate degree programs as well as six advanced degree programs. The Nese College of Nursing enjoys the distinction of being the only named nursing school in the Big 10. Being fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with programmatic approval from the State Board of Nursing, the Nese College of Nursing is a premier educator for nurses across the Commonwealth. Further, the college is the academic home to the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, Age-Friendly Care, PA, and delivers its award-winning curriculum across 12 Penn State Campus locations including Hershey Medical Center.

The Nese College of Nursing resides primarily at the University Park Campus. Set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania, State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. Further, State College’s proximity to Penn State affords a variety of cultural events and experiences for local residents ensuring a rich, inclusive community. The campus is within a half-day’s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.

Penn State:

The Pennsylvania State University is one of the largest public research and land grant universities in the country, serving over 83,000 students at 24 campuses across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Penn State consistently ranks as a top twenty-five research university and its research enterprise ranks first nationally, tied with Johns Hopkins University, in the breadth and depth of its expertise. Penn State is a Research I university, a category employed by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education to indicate universities in the United States that engage in the highest levels of research activity.

Penn State’s unique educational model spans twenty-five campuses, including World Campus, that educate more than 100,000 students every year and drive innovation and quality of life in communities all over the world.

We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. An attractive benefits package is available as are startup funds to support the applicant’s research program. Successful applicants must have an earned research doctorate in nursing or a closely related field and a documented commitment to teaching and service.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Salaries are competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available as are startup funds to support the applicant’s research program.

Application Process:

To apply, candidates must submit the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • a cover letter describing interest in and qualification for the position
  • a curriculum vitae
  • contact information of three professional references (No references will be contacted until the candidate is consulted)
  • a statement of how their work would contribute to the mission of the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and how their research and teaching would be augmented by this appointment.

Applicants must submit their application and accompanying materials online at the PSU job site ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Information on the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing and its programs can be found at

For more information or questions about this position, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Van Haitsma, search committee chair

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

201 Nursing Sciences Building

University Park, PA 16802

E-mail (preferred):


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