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Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence


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 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 two years contingent on progress in achieving first-year goals.

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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.

Expected Start Date:  July 1, 2023 preferred but negotiable.

Application Open Date:   Open by September 1, 2022

Application End Date: Rolling basis until filled


  • 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.
  • 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. (or provide a range if OK)
  • Health Insurance benefits: Will follow Penn State Policy.
  • Provision of mentorship and guidance 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.
  • Access to a range of datasets from randomized trials involving older adults in long-term and acute care settings.
  • 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:

Please submit the following materials in a single  PDF document. Applicants should provide:

  • Cover Letter and Table of Contents
  • Current CV with contact information included.
  • One-two page 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

Questions related to logistics of application procedures  should be emailed to

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

Completed application package (with a subject line Penn State CGNE post-doctoral application ) should be sent to the attention of Janice Whitaker, CGNE Administrator and Community Liaison

Tressa Nese and Helen Diskevich Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, at Candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview.