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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS: POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING/FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY Overview: Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing seeks applicants for the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric […]

Postdoctoral Scholar
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Date Announced: 07-02-2024
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Overview: Penn State’s Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing seeks applicants for the Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’s (CGNE) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests related to topics of aging and gerontology including age-friendly care, care of persons living with dementia, well-being and efficacy of care partners, cognitive impairment, delirium, stigma related to aging and dementia, workforce preparation and support, and person-centered care, as well as other aging-related topics aligned with the CGNE mission and research portfolios of faculty in the Center.

Successful fellowship candidates will be paired with faculty mentors based on a shared area of focus and interest. Fellows will work directly on research projects of CGNE-affiliated faculty, pursue independent research activities in line with their developing program of research, and engage in professional development opportunities across Penn State. All fellows are funded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second-year contingent on progress in achieving first-year goals and funding availability.

For more information about CGNE, please visit  At this website, you will find information about our vision, mission, and faculty, as well as links to our annual report.

Penn State’s Nese College of Nursing is one of the largest educators of pre-licensure students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with over 2000 undergraduate and graduate students on 13 campuses. Our College is positioned to lead the next generation of nurses and nurse scientists while enhancing the health of all people through quality care and education.

Application Open Date:   Open by June 25, 2024

Application End Date: July 8, 2024

Expected Start Date:  August 1, 2024 preferred but negotiable.


  • PhD prepared Nurses (or related field) within two years of degree completion preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to scholarship in aging, geriatrics and/or gerontology.
  • Applicant’s area of interest must be aligned with at least one faculty mentor in the Center. (
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity including research-based publications and excellent dissemination skills (oral and written).
  • Candidates for this position should demonstrate strong motivation to develop an independent research career/ portfolio.
  • Fellowships open to eligible U.S. citizens and international applicants. Applicants from groups underrepresented in the nursing profession are encouraged to apply.


  • Salary commensurate with background and experience.
  • Health Insurance benefits: Will follow Penn State Policy.
  • Provision of mentorship to develop independent scholarship and promote robust research career trajectory.
  • Funding for conference registration and travel support and/or professional development opportunities.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized faculty in aging.
  • Working with funded researchers with access to data sets involving older adults across the care continuum.
  • Ability to apply for CGNE project funding support.


The postdoctoral fellow will:

  • Co-create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with their primary mentor to identify goals, needed training/course work, timeline, outcomes, and planned engagement with other centers/researchers.
  • Refine career goals and grant development skills.
  • Extend their research agenda through the writing and submission of early-stage career grant applications, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Participate in the primary mentor’s current research initiatives consistent with the IDP.
  • Further develop teaching and mentoring skills.
  • Expand research skills, including methodologic expertise.
  • Contribute to the Nese College of Nursing and the CGNE within their area of expertise.

Application Requirements:

Phase I: Applicants must begin process via Penn State recruitment site and include the following:

  • Cover Letter which includes area of focus and potential Penn State Nese CON mentor/s
  • Current CV with contact information
  • Phase II: After interview with CGNE representative, submit the following to Janice Whitaker @
  • Table of Contents (?)
  • 1-2 page/s research statement including goals for program of research over the next 5 years.
  • One-two page personal statement describing goals for the CGNE postdoc fellowship, interest in expanding or learning new research skills, how interests align with CGNE and CON, identified primary mentor and alignment with their program of research.
  • Copy of one published article
  • 2 Letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from the identified primary mentor at Penn State and include justification for the proposed fellowship. All letters should be sent via email directly from the recommender (not from the applicant) and should speak to the applicant’s scholarly abilities, areas for growth and future potential.

Questions related to the postdoctoral fellowship opportunity should be directed to

Donna Marie Fick, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FGSA, FAAN
Elouise Ross Eberly Endowed Professor

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, Penn State University

Director, Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Phase I application materials must be submitted to Penn State recruitment site;

Phase II application requirements should be emailed to the CGNE Administrator (as below). Candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview with the search committee.  

Janice Whitaker, M.Ed., B.S.N., RN, CDP

CGNE Administrator and Community Liaison

Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence

Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

The Pennsylvania State University


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