Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Fellow-Pd Dir, BenElg in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 06/03/2021

Requisition Number PRN26394B

Job Title Post Doc Fellow-Pd Dir, BenElg

Working Title Post Doc Fellow-Pd Dir, BenElg

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00272 - CON Nursing

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Determined by NIH NRSA stipend guidelines + $10,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The number of patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses, like cancer, and their family caregivers are increasing, and their health and psychosocial needs are having a profound impact on health services. Our NIH -funded training program is shaping the next generation of scientists to provide evidence on how to best help patients and families sustain health and well-being, foster patient and family engagement, manage symptoms associated with chronic disease, and die free of pain and family burden.

Each trainee will participate in a two-year program (year two is contingent upon performance) consisting of a combination of mentored research and career development, seminars, a journal club, intensives in innovation, trainee interest groups, visiting scholars, conference-based learning, and course work. These scientists will gain the knowledge, expertise, and leadership skills to lead innovative programs of research that will ultimately affect individuals with cancer (and other chronic or life-limiting illnesses) and their families.

This program is funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award( NRSA ) research training grant. Fellows receive a stipend that is set by

NIH (see current stipend amounts at NOT -OD-20-070.html), a stipend supplement of $10,000 from the College of Nursing, $4,500 for tuition, $800 for travel, and $1,000 for research-related expenses.

This position is considered Category IIA and may not be required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID -19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID -19Telecommuting Agreement.



Our trainees may choose to study in residence or be distance-based with intensive on-site experiences. The program’s training opportunities are as follows:

Mentored Research

Trainees will assist with their mentor’s projects and conduct independent research to develop their skills in all phases of the research process, interdisciplinary research, team science, research leadership, and scientific writing, presenting, and grant proposals.

Mentoring for Independent Career Development

Trainees will work with their mentors to identify professional development needs, monitor progress, and implement career plans. Trainees will take ownership of their career development through an Individual Development Plan.

T32 Seminar

Special Topics in Cancer, Caregiving, and End-of-Life Care Research is a 10-week, 1-credit seminar series featuring experts from across the US, including our faculty, leading discussions on state of the science research in cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. Trainees will build their knowledgebase, develop networking skills, and create potential collaborative projects.

Journal Club

Each trainee will select an article related to current research in cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care and lead a collegial discussion related to the publication. Trainees will gain expertise in peer review and article critique while expanding their knowledge in methodologies, design, and analysis.

Intensives in Innovative Science

Twice a year T32 trainees will participate in experiential learning. These experiences will stimulate innovative thinking, prepare trainees to question assumptions in the fields of cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care, and develop new and innovative questions and approaches to advance the science.

Trainee Interest Groups

Trainees will work together in subgroups, which often leads to papers and presentations around shared areas of interest. This will develop cohesiveness and experience in research collaboration.

Visiting Scholar

Once a year a member of our esteemed External Advisory Committee will meet with trainees in person on the campus of the University of Utah. Trainees will present their work to a group consisting of the visiting scholar, the mentors, and their trainee colleagues. The visiting scholar is available to meet with trainees one-on-one and attend a formal presentation of the scholar’s work. Trainees gain experience in presenting, receive and provide feedback from an external expert, and broaden their scientific network.

Conference-based Learning

Trainees are encouraged to submit their work to national meetings, providing invaluable presentation experience and opportunities to increase scientific knowledge and broaden their scientific network.


Coursework is tailored to the background and the training objectives of the trainee. All trainees receive in-depth education relevant to their research careers (e.g., responsible conduct of research, dynamical systems theory, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign organization, received as of the beginning date of the traineeship appointment.

• The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Application Materials:

• Curriculum Vitae (CV)

• Research statement related to cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. You are limited to 3 pages to a) describe your career goals, b) identify a potential mentor and provide a rationale for your selection, c) identify goals for the training period and how they match with the opportunities available, d) provide a brief summary of your research experience and plans for advancing your research program, e) and discuss how your focus fits with our training model.

• 2 letters of reference that address your skills and potential as a nurse scientist in cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life care. If you are within 5 years of completing your dissertation, one reference should be from the chair of your Supervisory Committee. References may be attached to this application or emailed directly to Dr. Lee Ellington

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.