Postdoctoral Research Training Program

Research at UMSON

UMSON supports groundbreaking research and scholarship that enhance the field of nursing, influence modern health care, and spark new thinking behind the ways in which we care for each other as a society. We are:

  • a national leader in receipt of funding (for schools of nursing) from the National Institutes of Health
  • the site of three Organized Research Centers and a National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR)-funded P30 Omics Associated with Self-Management Interventions for Symptoms (OASIS) Center (NIH/NINR P30NR016579). Read more.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) invites applications for postdoctoral fellowship positions in these areas of research:

  • Community Engagement/Health Disparities
  • Geriatrics/Gerontology
  • Multiomics
  • Pain and Symptom Science

Funding is provided by UMSON and/or the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program and is a joint CTSA partnership between University of Maryland, Baltimore* and Johns Hopkins University.

*This program is a collaborative effort among University of Maryland, Baltimore Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work.

About the Positions

Community Engagement/Health Disparities Position

The Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice (PPEP) at the University of Maryland School of Nursing invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position to join our community and global health research team.

Our research focuses on improving health equity and disparities by addressing the root causes of adverse health outcomes and disease. We use dissemination and implementation science and mixed methods research approaches to address the social determinants of health and gaps in the translation of research into practice.

Our vision is to eliminate health inequities and to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable in disadvantaged communities locally and globally. Focusing on mothers and children in our current projects, we seek to improve social isolation, cultivate family social connections, and dismantle barriers that contribute to health disparities.

The successful applicant will become part of a local/global community research program that is leveraging the best evidence from around the globe to improve global and community health, address social determinants of health, and eliminate health disparities.

Director

Yolanda Ogbolu, Ph.D., CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN
Assistant Professor, PPEP
Director, Office of Global Health, PPEP

Faculty Mentors

Rachel Breman, PhD, MPH, RN (maternal health)
Assistant Professor, PPEP

Allison Davis, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor, FCH

Megan Doede, PhD, RN 
Clinical Instructor, FCH

Kelly Doran, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor, FCH

Lori A. Edwards, DrPH, RN, PHCNS-BC 
Assistant Professor, FCH

Erika Friedmann, PhD
Associate Dean for Research‌
Professor, OSAH

Robyn Gilden, PhD, RN (environmental health)
Assistant Professor, FCH

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for the PhD Program‌
Associate Professor, OSAH

Katie McElroy, PhD, RN (maternal health) 
Assistant Professor, FCH

Veronica Njie-Carr, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FWACN 
Associate Professor, OSAH

Marik Moen, PhD, MPH, RN 
Assistant Professor, FCH

Yolanda Ogbolu, Ph.D., CRNP-Neonatal, FNAP, FAAN
Assistant Professor, PPEP
Director, Office of Global Health, PPEP

Further Resources

UMB School of Pharmacy Patient Program

Geriatrics/Gerontology Position

The Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in geriatrics and gerontology to work with our research teams.

Our research focuses on promoting physical and functional activities for older adults in long-term care settings, engaging older adults in E-Health interventions, and improving the management of behavioral symptoms and care practices for older adults with dementia. Collaboration with who specialize in geriatrics and gerontology across the University and community partners who focus on care of older adults is strongly encouraged.

Director

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Co-Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty, OSAH
Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Biology and Behavior Across the Life Span
Professor, OSAH
Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology

Faculty Mentors

Erika Friedmann, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Professor, OSAH

Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Professor, OSAH

Meg Johantgen, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for the PhD Program
Associate Professor, OSAH

Eun-Shim Nahm, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, OSAH
Program Director, Nursing Informatics
Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Biology and Behavior Across the Life Span

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP
Co-Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty, OSAH
Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Biology and Behavior Across the Life Span 
Professor, OSAH
Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology

Further Resources

School of Medicine Gerontology PhD Program

Multiomics Position

Multiomics incorporates a systems biology approach to understand how changes in various “omes” (e.g., genome, transcriptome, epigenome, microbiome, and others) influence susceptibility to disease and symptoms associated with both the disease and treatment or the ability to self-manage a chronic condition. With the advent of personalized health initiatives and lowering costs of next-generation sequencing, it is possible to integrate information from multiomics to more fully understand symptoms and self-management science, which are focal areas of interest for the Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR) and the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized Research Center.

Director

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, PTSS
Chair, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, School of Dentistry

Faculty Mentors

Faculty from Pain & Translational Symptom Science Department

Faculty from the Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR)

Faculty from the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center (BBAL)

Pain and Symptom Science Position

A postdoctoral position focused on chronic pain is available in the Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science (PTSS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

The department has a vibrant and collaborative group of pain and symptom scientists who apply cutting-edge methods in basic, translational, and clinical research. The department is also home to a National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) P30-funded Omics Associated with Self-Management Interventions for Symptoms (OASIS) Center. In addition, faculty and trainees in the PTSS department are members of the interdisciplinary, campus-wide Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR). CACPR hosts bi-weekly pain interest group seminars and annual symposia on a variety of chronic pain topics.

We seek a motivated postdoctoral student with experience and formal training in pain physiology, bioinformatics and the analysis of large omics datasets to join our group.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Research interests aligned with omics associated with chronic pain conditions.
  • Substantively contribute to the research and scholarship efforts of the OASIS Center and PTSS department through the dissemination of peer-reviewed, data-based publications.
  • Actively participate in PTSS department and CACPR activities.

Director

Susan G. Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN 
Professor, PTSS, School of Nursing
Chair, PTSS, School of Nursing
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Faculty Mentors

Simon Akerman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Guang Bai, PhD, MD
Research Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Man-Kyo Chung, DMD, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, PTSS, School of Nursing
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Dean Dessem, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry


Professor, PTSS, School of Nursing
Chair, PTSS, School of Nursing
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine

Joel Greenspan, PhD
Professor and Chair, School of Dentistry

Sherrie Lessans, PhD, RN
Director, Clinical Nurse Leader Option, Office of Academic Deans, School of Nursing
Assistant Professor, PTSS, School of Nursing

Ohannes Melemedjian, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Ke Ren, PhD
Professor, School of Dentistry

Cynthia Renn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, PTSS, School of Nursing

Jin Ro, PhD
Professor, School of Dentistry

Marcela Romero-Reyes, DDS, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Dentistry

David Seminowicz, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry

Maureen Stone, PhD
Research Professor, School of Dentistry

Richard Traub, PhD
Professor‌, School of Dentistry

Feng Wei, PhD, MD
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry

Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must have received a PhD (biology, bioinformatics, nursing, or a related field), MD, DDS or comparable doctoral degree by the beginning date of appointment
  • If funded by the TL1 training program, no other Federal funding is allowed
  • No more than 4 years of previous aggregate NRSA support
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement in terms of data-based publications, extramural funding for pre-doctoral research training, and participation in regional or national research presentations
  • Eligibility for appointment at the rank of post-doctoral fellow
  • Preferred qualification: Applicant is currently a registered nurse

Requirements

  • Pursue research training full time (40 hours per week)
  • Attend didactic training seminars at both University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University
  • Comlete a Clinical and Translational Research Project with Primary Mentor
  • Pursue training as a clinical or non-clinical postdoctoral fellow and complete a master’s degree in an area of clinical research or a certificate in Implementation and Dissemination Science or Clinical Research
  • Students must maintain good academic standing, a minimum semester GPA of 3.0
  • Clinical fellows would have to satisfy requirements for specialty clinical boards requirements

Candidates for this position should have strong motivation to develop an independent research career and excellent dissemination skills (oral and written).

Deadlines

  • Fall 2019: Aug. 8, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • Spring 2020: Dec. 5, 2019 at 5 p.m.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF document to Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN. (sdorsey@umaryland.edu) containing:

  • a letter of interest
  • CV
  • brief personal statement describing research interests and career goals
  • contact information for three references.

In addition, you will be provided with specific instructions on how to submit applications to UMB ICTR directly.

Questions?

Contact Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN, at sdorsey@umaryland.edu.


About UMSON's Organized Research Center

Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized Research Center

The Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized Research Center investigates the management of disease, the optimization of health, and the ways in which biological findings can influence disease prevalence and progression.

Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR)

The UM Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR) arose from a strong foundation built on decades of successful pain research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and by recognizing that the complex problem of chronic pain requires a broad perspective. The CACPR is a multidisciplinary center composed of nationally and internationally renowned clinical and preclinical translational scientists whose principle research focus is on the physiological, genetic, and psychosocial underpinnings of the development and persistence of debilitating chronic pain conditions.

Center for Health Outcomes Research (CHOR)

The Center for Health Outcomes Research (CHOR) aims to improve health outcomes of people and systems of care.

Omics Associated with Self-Management Interventions for Symptoms Center (OASIS)

The Omics Associated with Self-Management Interventions for Symptoms (OASIS) Center focuses on identifying how individual differences influence the effectiveness of exercise on managing chronic pain.