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Post-Doctoral Nursing Fellowship in Cancer and Health Disparities

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Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Academic Support U-54
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The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer (DF/HCC) jointly announce an innovative Nursing Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program designed to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce to meet the national need for highly skilled nursing faculty and researchers committed to better understand and address cancer health disparities. The joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program between UMass Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research in Nursing and Patient Care Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the only nursing post-doctoral program developed by any College/School of Nursing and a clinical partner. This program will build upon the new educational model established by the existing partnership between the two institutions, which embraces and is made stronger by interdisciplinary participation with a blend of resource sharing and talents from practice and academe. It is also the only program offered which focuses on oncology care, research, health disparities, and health policy.

Fellowship Components

  1. Educational training: an individualized curriculum plan that will include course work and seminar attendance addressing substantive, conceptual, and methodological areas relevant to the fellow’s needs and objectives for post- doctoral education, and will support fellows in acquiring skills and knowledge required to conduct independent research in nursing, and address issues and problems associated with cancer disparities in racial and ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.
  2. Research Training: development and implementation of independent research with the guidance and mentorship of an experienced, funded nurse researcher from UMass Boston or DF/HCC. Areas of emphasis for research purposes will include biobehavioral and health disparities research focused on the patient/family experience of living with, or at risk for, a cancer diagnosis including prevention, screening, early detection, treatment decision making, symptoms, various interventions, quality of life, end-of-life care, survivorship and outcomes of diverse populations. Research training will include travel to scientific meetings and workshops related to the trainee’s research interests and research training needs.
  3. Professional Development Training: provide direction and resources for career guidance and preparation for an academic or research career. Resources will address leadership development, project management, training in grant writing and other skills necessary for success as an independent investigator with an established program of research.

Fellowship Options

  • Traditional Option - fellows may complete the Program in 2 consecutive years
  • Summer (non-traditional) Option  - fellows attend on-site (Boston-based) training for 3 months of each summer over 3 years, while also working on your research project at your home institution and visiting Boston as needed each semester in year 2 and 3.

Resources available to Post-Doctoral Fellows

Each post-doctoral fellow is eligible to receive financial support comprised of:

  • Annual salary of $65,000
  • Financial support to attend one conference per academic year
  • Financial support for purchasing books or software
  • Mentorship support in preparing for an academic or research career
  • Ability to participate in DF/HCC post-doctoral network and UMass Boston’s professional development activities

Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed PhD or DNSc
  • Eligible for RN licensure in Massachusetts
  • Primary research interest in understanding and addressing cancer health disparities
  • Applicants from various socioeconomically disadvantaged, racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply online with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A Goals Statement:
    • Describe your career goals and how the fellowship program will help you achieve them. Each candidate will be matched with two mentors; explicitly describe activities desired in the training program. If you are particularly interested in working with a specific UMass Boston Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Partnership or Harvard/UMass Boston investigator, please specify. Describe how your research interests mesh with those of a potential mentor. Additionally, include previous research experiences and how those experiences relate to your research career goals.
  • Partnership Statement:
    • Describe how your future professional goals fit within the goals of the UMass Boston-DF/HCC Partnership.
  • Provide names and contact information for 3 letters of reference (including the doctoral committee chairperson).

Application Deadline February 1, 2019. Candidates may begin as early as July 2019.

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This is a non-union, grant funded position. 

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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