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Post-Doctoral Trainee

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Sch of Nursing - 440100

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Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Title:

Post-Doctoral Trainee

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Full Time



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.

Hiring Range:

Dependent upon Qualifications

Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Position Summary:

The University is seeking postdoctoral trainees to undertake research training at the School of Nursing, with an emphasis on using community-engaged research approaches and intervention mapping to develop, test and implement theory-based interventions for preventing and managing chronic illness in populations vulnerable to health disparities. 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.

Minimum Education and Experience 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.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, 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 ([email protected]) 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 [email protected] 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 ([email protected]) 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.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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